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3.0 out of 5 stars Be careful which Version of Windows 7 you buy !!!!, October 23, 2009
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This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Upgrade [Old Version] (DVD-ROM)
"Windows Vista(tm) Home Premium cannot be upgraded to Windows 7 Professional.

You can choose to install a new copy of Windows 7 Professional instead, but this is different from an upgrade, and does not keep your files, settings, and programs. You'll need to reinstall any programs using the original installation discs or files. To save your files before installing Windows, back them up to an external location such as a CD, DVD, or external hard drive. To install a new copy of Windows 7 Professional, click the Back button in the upper left-hand corner, and select "Custom (advanced)".

Simply said you cannot upgrade Home Premium, keeping your programs and files, you must start over similar to a clean install.. To install Windows 7 on top of Home Premium while maintaing all of your files, programs, settings etc., you must purchase the Ultimate Upgrade for $19 more.

This will allow people who are not "computer friendly" upgrade without the hassle of backing up files, re-installing programs etc. especially if you don't know where the original program CD(s) are...

trc
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Initial post: Oct 24, 2009 9:42:20 AM PDT
Here is a useful link that will tell you if upgrade or clean install is required.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/get/upgrade-considerations.aspx

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2009 2:14:51 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2009 3:43:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 24, 2009 3:44:08 PM PDT
I agree that this information should be more obvious on the Windows 7 site. I had to search for a while to get it.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2009 6:46:23 PM PDT
Too late for me. I had preordered by copy of Windows 7 Pro Upgrade way back in June. There was absolutely no information on either Amazon site of MS upgrade site to warn me of the potential incompatibility of the version was I purchasing with my current Vista Home Premium.

@Bookman - I am with you on this one. My copy of Win 7 pro is sitting on my desk unused. Forget the N.G. Drew guy - he is obviously paid my MS to counteract any negative comments made to their flagship product so early in its lifecycle.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2009 11:30:12 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2009 10:42:30 AM PDT
M. Aller says:
Okay, I think everyone is a little confused about the meaning of "upgrade". Upgrade means you get a discount because you have a previous version of Windows (and it's already installed). It doesn't necessarily say anything about whether a clean install is required or not. Sure, it's nice when you can keep all your settings in place, but saying "IT'S NOT AN UPGRADE" when you can still get Windows 7 out of it for a steep discount is a little immature.

Also, I think there /was/ documentation out there saying you could only do an in-place upgrade if you had the analogous version of Vista or else I wouldn't have ordered 7 Pro back in June. I dunno, maybe you had to be looking for it?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2009 9:31:41 PM PDT
Jaime Moreno says:
Here's a better chart of all possible upgrade scenario's:
http://mossblog.allthingsd.com/20090804/deciphering-windows-7-upgrades-the-official-chart/
This chart is better and clearly shows what the uproar is all about.
But as they say you always gotta check the fine print and you know Microsoft has plenty of that on the side of the box or wherever you purchashed it.
So buyer beware as they say especially if you intended on doing an inplace upgrade.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 8:03:34 AM PDT
Doak Procter says:
Whoa, tiger. All you had to do was run the free Windows 7 Update Advisor. It would have told you that you had to do a clean install. It was a small download and an easy program to run. So you need to back up your files; why wouldn't you do that in the first place before an OS upgrade? Yes, I had to spend some time reinstalling programs.

Frankly folks, you WANT to do a clean install on an OS upgrade, anyhow. I'm nowhere near "computer friendly," but I do not want some sort of patch job running my machine from the start. I had enough of that with Vista.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2009 8:25:34 AM PDT
Jamie is right on with this chart.. Leave it to MS to make things difficult... This chart tells the whole story... I think its a shame that you have to search for this information.

trc

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2009 8:30:01 AM PDT
Doak...

I'll bet 80% of computer users would not have the slightest idea how to do a "Clean install" even with instructions.

trc
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