Tips to Switch from Windows Vista to Windows 7

Though everyone loves to upgrade and keep abreast with the moving pace of technology, yet there are many users who still use Windows Vista and have not made their move to Windows 7. These users still seem too cautious to go for the update. Of course, there are several reasons to upgrade your Windows Vista to Windows 7 for added number of features. So, if you have decided to upgrade your system to Windows 7, then check the following tips:

Check your version options for upgrading

Before you start the process of your upgrade process of Windows 7 make sure you check few basic facts like which version to upgrade. If you are running Windows Vista Home Basic or home premium versions, you could upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium along with the Windows 7 Ultimate version. And for people using Windows Vista Business, they could upgrade to Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate versions. Lastly, if you are using Windows Vista Ultimate, you could simply upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate. The option of upgrade simply works with either the upgrade copy or via the complete Win 7 product copy.

Moving your file and settings along with collecting the program discs

In order to move your files and settings to some other locations before installing Windows 7, it is recommended to use Windows Easy Transfer (a free download). Once the upgrade is complete, you could think of moving these files back to your PC. This transfer simply creates one file wherein all your settings and files are stored. This file could be big enough as per the amount of data it contains, hence using an external hard disk make things simple for this process.

The next thing you need to do is to collect all your program discs and setup files. If you choose the option of custom installation, it will never store your programs. For this, you are supposed to reinstall all the said programs that you are keen to use after upgrading to Windows 7. Collect all your installations discs for different programs you need while using the Windows 7 after the upgrade. If you had downloaded some of your programs from the web, it is always recommended to keep them intact over your external hard drive. In case, if you have lost those files, make sure you download it again once you install win 7 over your PC.

The installation of Windows 7

If you select the custom option while installing Windows 7, you are supposed to install the new copy of windows over your desktop. Formatting your hard drive during the Windows 7 installation isn’t required if you are looking to format your hard drive. Avoid using some other program of some other software manufacturers to reformat the hard disc while installing the updated version of Windows. Before you start the installation process, make sure you get some installation updates from the web, update your antivirus programs etc.

In order to start your installation process, you have several options. From the Windows 7 installation disc, from the installation Windows 7 files from the internet or getting from your USB flash drive. All these three options have their own way of installing Windows 7. Over the Install Windows page, you simply have to click over the option Install Now. Once you click on this option, you simply have to follow the instructions coming step by step of Windows 7 installation process. In the final step, you need to follow instructions to finish the installation of Windows 7 that include computer and setting naming thing as per the initial user account.

Moving your settings and files and re-installing your programs on your PC

Once you install the Windows 7 your PC, it’s time to move your files and settings back to your PC. For this, you need to run your Windows Easy Transfer program once again get these files back to your computer. For doing this, you need to connect your PC with the external drive, which has all these files. Now, following your usual way of transfer, you move all these files and settings back to your computer.

Also, using the Windows Easy Transfer you could re-install your programs. It gives you a report, which tells you the number of programs you used in your previous version of Vista and the ones you need to re-install over your PC. Few of your drivers the Windows 7 may not be compatible, which you need to update from the web. Your computer’s Windows 7 Compatibility Center will help you in knowing these things.

Final word

If you are still using the same old Windows Vista version on your PC, make sure you upgrade for good reasons, both in terms of features and usability. Once you make your mind for doing this, consider the above tips for this shift of old versions of Windows to Windows 7.

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