Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade
- Includes 32 & 64-bit versions dvd-rom Combines remarkable ease-of-use with the entertainment features of Home Premium
- And the business capabilities of Professional--get it all with Windows 7 Ultimate
- Make the things you do every day easier with improved desktop navigation; start programs faster and more easily,
- Easily create a home network and connect your PCs to a printer with HomeGroup;
- Help protect data on your PC and portable storage devices against loss or theft with BitLocker
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Should you upgrade from Windows Vista? YES! I mean it - upgrade today.
Windows 7 is quite simply faster, more stable, boots faster, goes to sleep faster, comes back from sleep faster, manages your files better and on top of that it's beautiful to look at and easy to use. Even the preproduction version of Windows 7 was better than my Vista with SP2.
Should you upgrade from Windows XP? Maybe, but for different reasons.
XP is a good operating system and if you don't need to add new hardware or software, XP is good. However, XP is old as an operating system. Also chances are that if you're running XP, you might not meet the minimum requirements for Windows 7 - check the compatibility site at Microsoft to see if your system will support Windows 7. That said, Windows 7 is light years ahead of Windows XP in terms of functionality, ease of use, etc - to me it's worth buying a new system.
64 bit or 32 bit?
If you don't know what I'm talking about, that's ok skip this section. If you have a core2 duo or core 2 quad or a multi cpu machine, go with the 64 bit OS, it handles memory and the CPUs much better. If you have a single core CPU, one CPU or run special programs that require 32bit, then stick with 32 bit for now.Read more ›
1) You have Vista Ultimate and don't want to lose all your programs/settings (more on this in a moment)
2) You want BitLocker hardware-level encryption. You'll need to do some tinkering with a USB key or have hardware that supports it (see comments to this review for details)
3) You regularly work in multiple languages and need to easily switch from one to the other
Unlike Vista Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate doesn't offer DreamScenes or any other eye candy different from its cousins Home and Pro. In fact, if you were a fan of the Windows Vista DreamScenes, you should know that you will be losing them when you step up to Windows 7.
Some very important things you need to know about upgrading:
1) There are two types of upgrade: "in-place" (where a Vista machine upgrades to 7 and you get to keep all your programs) and "clean" (where you lose all your old programs and settings).
2) Anyone going from XP to 7 will have to go "clean".
3) Anyone going from a different Vista to 7 (for example, Vista Home up to 7 Pro, or Vista Ultimate down to 7 Home) will also have to go "clean".
4) Anyone going from any Home or Business Vista to 7 Ultimate can do an in-place upgrade.
5) Enterprise Vista can only upgrade to Enterprise 7.
6) You cannot do an "in-place" upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit.
If you have to do 2) or 3), all is not lost--I'll explain in a moment.
Before you even buy a 7 upgrade for your machine, stop by Microsoft's website for two things:
a) download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. Run it with every device connected to the machine that you'll ever want to use in 7.Read more ›
** CLEAN UPGRADE UPDATE BELOW 10/29/09 **
- Fast startup and performance
- Nice aesthetic and functional changes to the desktop
- Improved networking, power management & security
- 32-bit & 64-bit versions included
- Windows Media Center
- Windows XP Mode
- User Account Control still annoying
- Upgrade can be challenging
CLEAN UPGRADE UPDATE 10/29/09 **
It seems that a lot of upgraders have been complaining about the upgrade process, especially from XP. Most of us expected to be able to format our hard disks and be prompted for either the XP disc or product key. Alas, this is not the case. The upgrade is much more complicated than it should be and some workarounds have been discovered
Method A (simplest)
If you already have an older version of Windows on the hard drive, finish the Custom Install, without entering the product key. After installation, go to your System Properties and click the link to activate Windows. Enter your product key and it should activate. This has worked for me twice.
Method B (hardest)
If Method A doesn't work, try the registry hack.
1. Finish the custom install without entering the product key then click Start and type regedit.exe into the "Search programs and files" box.
2. In the registry, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE/. In the pane on the right, you'll see an entry for MediaBootInstall.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No problem. Exactly what I needed, and delivered in an incredibly short time.Published 5 days ago by James T Noles
I upgraded from XP long after XP was supported. I was discouraged by retail stores since Windows 7 is no longer sold by Microsoft - was told it should work, but my computer would... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Montana7
Win 7 Ultimate is the way to go if you have an overclocked system that uses a lot of RAM. I was also able to install on several other PC's in my home using the same install code.Published 5 months ago by Kevin H. Coon
I've got a couple of old Dells from 2008 that came with XP on them and also came with upgrade disks to Vista Ultimate 32 bit. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Eric Bentsen