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    Steps to upgrade from Windows Vista to Win7 on Sony notebook

    I am on a plan to upgrade my Sony notebook from Windows Vista to Win7 OS. What are the detailed steps to be carried out to upgrade the OS?

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    W4RLOCK Array
    Join Date
    Oct 2012

    Re: Steps to upgrade from Windows Vista to Win7 on Sony notebook


    Step 1: Which version of Windows 7 can I upgrade to?

    The table below describes which editions of Windows Vista can be upgraded to Windows 7. The Upgrade option works with either an upgrade copy or the full product copy of Windows 7. This is described on the front of the Windows 7 retail box or on an online sales receipt.
    If you can't use the Upgrade option to upgrade to the edition of Windows 7 that you want to use, you can still use the Custom option, but the Custom option doesn't preserve your files, programs, or settings.

    What if I can't choose the Upgrade option?

    Some versions of Windows can't be upgraded with the installation disc you're trying to use. For example, you can't upgrade a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version, or upgrade from a higher edition of Windows, such as Windows Vista Ultimate, to a lower edition, such as Windows 7 Home Premium. If this is the case, you'll need to use the Custom option during installation.
    However, unlike Upgrade, the Custom option does not preserve your files, settings, or programs. You'll need to back up your files and settings before installing Windows 7, restore them after installation is complete—and you'll also need to reinstall your programs using the original installation discs or files. For a step-by-step tutorial on how to perform a custom installation.

    32-bit or 64-bit: Which version of Windows 7 to install?

    If you're running a 32-bit version of Windows Vista, you can only upgrade to a 32-bit version of Windows 7. Similarly, if you are running a 64-bit version of Windows Vista, you can only upgrade to a 64-bit version of Windows 7. Otherwise, you'll need to use the Custom option to install Windows 7.
    Both 32-bit and 64-bit installation discs are included in the Windows 7 package. 64-bit operating systems can handle large amounts of memory—typically 4 gigabytes (GB) of random access memory (RAM) or more—more efficiently than 32-bit operating systems. However, not all computers are 64-bit capable.

    To find out which Windows 7 installation disc you can use, do the following:

    • Open Performance Information and Tools by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Performance Information and Tools.
    • Click View and print details.
    • Under System, you can see what type of operating system you're currently running next to System type, and, next to 64-bit capable, whether you can run a 64-bit version of Windows.
      If your computer is already running a 64-bit version of Windows, you won't see the 64-bit capable listing.

    Next: Install Windows 7 using the Upgrade option

    Step 2: Installing Windows 7

    When you upgrade to Windows 7, you keep your files, settings, and programs from Windows Vista.
    The options for Windows 7 installation

    Before you begin

    • Be sure your computer is running either Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista. For more information, go to the SERVICE PACK CENTER.
    • Connect your PC to the Internet so you can get installation updates during the installation process. (If you don't have an Internet connection, you can still install Windows 7.)
    • Update your antivirus program, run it, and then turn it off. After you install Windows 7, remember to turn the antivirus program back on, or install new antivirus software that works with Windows 7.
    • If you have a Windows 7 installation package, choose either the 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7 installation disc, depending on which version of Windows Vista you're currently running.
    • Find your 25-character Windows product key. You can find it on the installation disc holder inside the Windows package—or in a confirmation e‑mail if you purchased and downloaded Windows 7 online.
    • If you use a fingerprint reader or other biometric device to log on to your computer, make sure you write down your password before upgrading. You must log on by typing your user name and password the first time that you use Windows after upgrading.

    Perform an Upgrade installation of Windows 7

    • Turn on your PC.
    • After Windows Vista has started, do one of the following:
      • If you've downloaded Windows 7, browse to the installation file you downloaded, and then double-click it (often identified as an Application file under the Type column).
      • If you have a Windows 7 installation disc, insert the disc into your computer. Setup should start automatically. If it doesn't, click the Start button, click Computer, double-click your DVD drive to open the Windows 7 installation disc, and then double-click setup.exe.
      • If you've downloaded Windows 7 installation files onto a USB flash drive, insert the drive into your computer. Setup should start automatically. If it doesn't, click the Start button, click Computer, double-click the drive, and then double-click setup.exe
    • On the Install Windows page, click Install now.
    • On the Get important updates for installation page, we recommend getting the latest updates to help ensure a successful installation, and to help protect your computer against security threats. Your computer will need to be connected to the Internet during Windows 7 installation to get these updates.
    • On the Please read the license terms page, if you accept the license terms, click I accept the license terms, and then click Next.
    • On the Which type of installation do you want? page, click Upgrade.
      You might see a compatibility report.
    • Continue to follow the instructions to finish installing Windows 7.

    Update drivers

    A driver is software that allows your computer to communicate with hardware or devices. Without drivers, the hardware you connect to your computer—for example, a video card or a printer—won't work properly.
    In most cases, drivers come with Windows, or you can find them by using Windows Update and checking for updates. To do so, click the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Update.


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    Aniruddha Array
    Join Date
    Jul 2012

    Re: Steps to upgrade from Windows Vista to Win7 on Sony notebook


    The intention and steps to achieve the goal both are simple.

    First you need 1GHz or more processor, 16 GB or more HDD space, Directx9 or above, 1GB or more RAM to have in your system.

    You need an ORIGINAL Version of Windows 7 to Upgrade.

    Insert Windows 7 installer DVD in the optical drive and boot from it.

    It will sense the system , test the peripherals and will let you know the result and depending on the displayed command, select Upgrade or Install and click on it.

    The software will do everything just select CUSTOM SETTINGS for Windows to set with complete features.

    Answer to a few queries, set time and date, after a while the setup wil be complete.

    Remove the Disk, rebooting will load Windows 7 in your system.


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    ghanathey swetha Array
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    Nov 2012

    Re: Steps to upgrade from Windows Vista to Win7 on Sony notebook

    I suggest you to download and run the free Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from the http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...pgrade-advisor webpage. It helps find potential issues with your computer's hardware, devices, or programs that might affect installing Windows 7, and gives recommendations on what to do.

    Also, go to the http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windo...Language=en-US on the Microsoft website to see what works with Windows 7 and find direct links to drivers, updates, and downloads.

    Thank you.

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