I have Vista, can I upgrade to Windows 7 for free?

Hi,

I purchased an HP laptop preloaded with Windows Vista Home Basic. (Service Pack 1)

NOw, I want to upgrade it to Windows 7. Will it cost me or is it free?

How do i get an upgrade without having to erase my hard drive?

 

MOdel: Compaq Presario C700 Notebook PC

Processor: Intel Celeron CPU 560 @ 2.13 ghz

RAM: 1 GB

32-bit 

 Windows is activated and i Have the product key



 

Question Info


Last updated December 1, 2018 Views 7,297 Applies to:
Answer

Well, of course it isn't free. Microsoft doesn't make free operating systems.

 

Assuming you live in the US, you can buy Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for $119.99 at most outlets.DO NOT BUY FROM EBAY OR ANY SIMILAR SITE. DO NOT BUY A USED COPY. ONLY TRUST DISCOUNTED SOFTWARE FROM TRUSTED MAJOR RETAILERS! I'm sorry about being so blunt, but I don't want you to get ripped off, as countless others have.

7 people were helped by this reply

·

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

Answer
When making significant changes to your computer such as an upgrade, it is always recommended you backup your system prior to installing a new version of Windows. In your case, you can upgrade to Windows 7 depending on edition and architecture of Windows Vista you have installed. If you are running a 32 bit version of Vista and want to upgrade to a 64 bit version (edition of Windows 7), you will have to a do clean install, this applies vice-versa.

If you are running consumer editions of Windows Vista such as Home Basic or Premium, you can only upgrade to either Windows 7 Home Premium or Ultimate. Also, you cannot do downgrades, which means, if you are running Windows Vista Ultimate now, you cannot downgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium. You must do logical upgrades:

Windows Vista Home Basic > Windows 7 Home Basic, Premium or Ultimate
Windows Vista Home Premium > Windows 7 Home Premium or Ultimate
Windows Vista Business > Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate
Windows Vista Enterprise > Windows 7 Enterprise
Windows Vista Ultimate > Windows 7 Ultimate.
Teching It Easy: With Windows |ActiveWin |Notebooks | Microsoft MVP

 

Best,
Andre
Windows Insider MVP
MVP-Windows and Devices for IT
twitter/adacosta
groovypost.com

13 people were helped by this reply

·

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.