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Q: 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



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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.

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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.
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