Upgrading from Vista to Windows 7

Is there a way to download an upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 online, or does it need to be purchased in a retail store?  All I could find on the website was information for downloading Windows 8.  Thank you!
MS No longer supplies win7, you can look at amazon.com

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You can still purchase Windows 7 from the store: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store?defaultKeyword=&SiteID=msstore&Action=list&categoryID=38336300&keywords=Windows+7&result=

But they don't have a download option.

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dsoftware&field-keywords=Windows+7+upgrade

 

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Windows 7 System Requirements: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/system-requirements
1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
(Note: 16GB is a bare minimum and somewhat unrealistic, suggest at least 32GB or more)
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver


Windows 7 Upgrade Paths
Microsoft has published a downloadable MS word document with a list of upgrade paths for Windows 7.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=e170eba1-5bab-401f-bbf5-00f0ee7fe0fb


Windows Upgrade Price Matrix:
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Windows_Upgrade_Matrix

Note: The "Upgrade" version of Windows 7 requires you to be the owner a prior (and ligitimate) version of either Vista or Windows XP. If you do not meet these requirements then you must purchase a full version of Windows 7.


Deciphering Windows 7 Upgrades: The Official Chart
http://mossblog.allthingsd.com/20090804/deciphering-windows-7-upgrades-the-official-chart/
(Save the chart and then open it using a photo editor or viewer to expand it to a more readable size)


Which one is right for you?
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/compare


Feature by Feature comparison list of what each edition of Windows 7 provides:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/14422-compare-windows-7-editions.html


Microsoft Product Lifecycle
http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/search/default.aspx?alpha=Windows+7


Windows 7 Professional upgrade - Vista owners: Be aware that the Windows 7 Professional upgrade can only be used to perform an In-place upgrade for computers that have Vista Business Edition. Sadly there is no indication on the retail box or in the EULA/License about the limitations of non-valid Windows 7 Professional upgrade paths.
http://www.pagestart.com/windows7proupgade.html

 

Vista Home Basic users, your upgrade choices are:           Windows 7 Home Basic, 7 Premium or 7 Ultimate
Vista Home Premium users, your upgrade choices are:         Windows 7 Home Premium or 7 Ultimate
Vista Business users, your upgrade choices are:             Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate or Enterprise
Vista Enterprise users: only one upgrade path which is:     Windows 7 Enterprise
Vista Ultimate users: again only one upgrade path which is: Windows 7 Ultimate.

 

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First run the Windows 7 Compatibility checker
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/en-us/default.aspx
(Be sure your computer is running either Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista)


Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=1b544e90-7659-4bd9-9e51-2497c146af15


Here are answers to some common questions about the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/compare/32-bit-64-bit-faq.aspx


Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/help/upgrading-from-windows-vista-to-windows-7


How To Upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 Home Premium Edition: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/6892/how-to-perform-an-upgrade-from-vista-to-windows-7/


Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 (custom installation)
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/help/upgrading-from-windows-vista-to-windows-7-custom


Note: As always create an Image Backup of Vista before you start. Use a software backup utility that will work in both Vista prior to upgrading and after you upgrade to Windows 7 create another backup.


EASEUS Todo Backup Home V5.6 http://www.todo-backup.com/
Free version: http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software-features.htm
(Note: Install Todo and then create an "Emergency Disk" before you start creating your first image backup)
Version 5.6 supports XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8

 

 

J W Stuart: http://www.pagestart.com

 

 

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Thanks a lot everyone!  I had assumed Windows 7 would be a lot cheaper than Windows 8, but it really is not as big of a price difference as I expected.  I suppose I might as well jump straight to Windows 8...

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Have you looked at Windows 8, its a lot different than either Vista or Windows 7. Find a friend or go to a store and try 8 before you upgrade.

 

 

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Is there a way to download an upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 online, or does it need to be purchased in a retail store?  All I could find on the website was information for downloading Windows 8.  Thank you!

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They tell you its free to upgrade from windows vista home premium to win 7 ultimate .... thats until final boot on install it then asks for your win 7 product key  that didnt come with the upgrade 3hrs on phone and i still ended up without it . bearing in mind i have win 8 64 bit xp home . xp pro and now win 7 all with wait for it !!!! invalid product keys , total rubbish , i have proof of purchase for all 4 , hence back home to linux for me chaps bye bye ! 

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