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    The best way to go from vista to windows 7

    What's the best way to install windows 7 64 bit home premium from windows vista. I see that there are different prices for the installation discs going from 16.99 to 155.00 for my situation where should I buy the disc and which one, and any advice on the procedure of installing the discs will be welcome . Thanks


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    Re: The best way to go from vista to windows 7

    First question, does your computer have a DVD drive? Windows 7 is the first Windows OS to come on a DVD and not a CD. If your computer can't read DVDs, that's the first hurdle to overcome.

    Second question, where did you see these prices? There are legitimate sites but there are a lot more questionable sites on the internet.

    You can read through this which outlines the steps for a upgrade, which isn't the only way. A clean install is the other choice.
    How to Upgrade Your Computer from Windows Vista to Windows 7 - dummies

    I'm not sure that the link for the Upgrade Advisor works but I was able to find a download for it.
    Download Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from Official Microsoft Download Center

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    Re: The best way to go from vista to windows 7

    I found this offer on ebay.com (click).

    It seems quite safe as offer and the seller is experienced and is a long-time ebay user.
    You can consider to buy it after you followed plodr's suggestions (and if other forum members say the offer is good, like it seems).

    Title: Genuine Windows 7 Professional 32/64 bit DVD Product Key COA Full Retail Version
    Seller: asmdirect2 (Asm Direct Ltd)
    Nation: United Kingdom
    Joined to ebay: June 3rd 2006
    Number of feedbacks: 25877
    Percentage: 99.8% positive feedbacks
    Last year: 2192 positives, 5 neutral, 4 negatives
    Last edited by xilolee; 03-19-2017 at 04:39 PM.

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    Re: The best way to go from vista to windows 7

    Plodr thanks for your reply and the answer to your first question is yes my computer have a DVD drive that reads DVD'S and CD's. The second answer to your question is that I saw those prices on the internet from different sites. I ran the windows 7 upgrade advisor even before I posted this question and the report said the my computer can run the windows 7 home premium 64 bit and the ultimate windows 7 64 bit version. I really want to do a clean install and not an upgrade. I also wanted to run the full versions of windows 7 from a reliable source,the difference in the prices makes me think that some isn't on the up and up, I also called two computer repair shops and asked them how much would they charge me to do a clean install and there prices was vastly different from each other so I figure they were not going to do a windows 7 full version install. Once I get the right guidance from the forum I will perform the installation myself.

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    Re: The best way to go from vista to windows 7

    Xilolee good looking out. You put my fears at rest . I would have to go with the home premium according to the windows 7 advisor.

    Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Full Version Product Key,COA,License ONLY is this sufficient Xiloliee the license only?

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    Re: The best way to go from vista to windows 7

    (If I'm not wrong... You can put this at the start of each sentence :-))
    The upgrade advisor advises for windows upgrades cd/dvd.
    It advises you to get the windows 7 home premium upgrade, because you have windows vista home premium.
    Those upgrades allowed to install windows 7 over windows vista (and maybe also over WinXP), without to allow a clean install.
    They cost less than a FULL RETAIL dvd, because with this last one we were able to do a clean install.
    Unfortunately, windows 7 upgrades (for windows vista) are no more available, it seems.
    And windows 7 full retail dvd are becoming rare.

    IIRC, we (my family) did a similar procedure when we had windows 95: we upgraded it with windows 98, but it didn't allow to do a clean install.
    Hence the problem in that case was if we had to reinstall windows: first we had to reinstall windows 95, then we had to install Win95 updates, then we had to upgrade it with windows 98 upgrade cd, then we had to install Win98 updates.
    You can substitute win95 and win98 with win98 and winME, or with win2000 and winXP, and so forth (not sure if those upgrades were available; this is just theory).
    Last edited by xilolee; 03-19-2017 at 05:41 PM.

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    Re: The best way to go from vista to windows 7

    Xilolee now you confuse me Lol! so you recommend this oneGenuine Windows 7 Professional 32/64 bit DVD Product Key COA Full Retail Version

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    Re: The best way to go from vista to windows 7

    Yup, but wait for other more authoritative opinions.

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    Re: The best way to go from vista to windows 7

    Okay because even here there are two different prices one is $16.99 and the other is $111..99 one computer shop says $35.00 dollars and another one says $100.00 dollars for windows 7 installation.. Once I get a clear path then I am going for it. From what I have heard and study a clean install would be best. Direct me to a single choice and it is done

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    Re: The best way to go from vista to windows 7

    I found 64 bit 7 Pro OEM at Newegg but the price is steep $139.99
    Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit-Newegg.com

    The prices for a refurbished computer with Windows 7 already installed is in that price range.
    windows 7 dvd home premium, Newegg, Desktop Computers, Desktop Computers, Computer Systems - Newegg.com

    I bought my husband a Dell Optiplex 745 running 32 bit Win 7 Pro right before I pulled his XP computer off the internet.
    He's been using that since March 28, 2013. (I bought it from a local MS certified refurbisher; it came with a DVD, something you normally don't get with a new computer).

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    Re: The best way to go from vista to windows 7

    Good excellent information Plodr I can now make a better decision because you gave this valuable info. Thanks

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    Re: The best way to go from vista to windows 7

    One more question I stop by the computer repair shop and asked the guy how would he install windows 7 on my windows vista machine without a DVD disc for only $35.00 dollars he said that he would reformat my hard drive then hook up something up to my machine and it would be done ,question is this possible?

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    Re: The best way to go from vista to windows 7

    It's possible but at that price, the install of Windows 7 might not have a valid serial number.

    I'm always trying to find a good deal but when the price seems too good to be true, I question whether it is legitimate.

    You'd end up losing your working Vista computer which is good to have off the internet and end up with a possible pirated copy of Windows 7.

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    Re: The best way to go from vista to windows 7

    I agree with you a 100% I just wanted too run my concerns through the forum for confirmation and affirmation on the right way to go, having a valid serial number is the key. Thanks again for your wise input Plodr.

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    Re: The best way to go from vista to windows 7

    You're welcome. On another forum, one of the moderators has posted a model of Dell (desktop) running Windows 7 that he buys. When I find one of his posts, I will post a link to a source for buying it.

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    Re: The best way to go from vista to windows 7

    Plodr I am blessed that I meet you on this forum, I see that you are a go- getter that once you are set on a task that you do a thorough job. It is easy for me to see because that is the way I am wired also. The forum is fortunate to have a member such as your self. We attack problems and don't let them rest.

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    Re: The best way to go from vista to windows 7

    I sent a PM to this person. Here's his response:
    I'm partial to the Dell OptiPlex 780 Mini Tower (I own 3 of them) at www.newegg.com and have recommended it a few times.

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