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I am running Vista Home Premium on my computer right and was wondering...can I just upgrade to 7 Home Premium or do I have to buy a license of 7 Home Premium first or how does that all work?
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Windows 7 was not a free upgrade, you have to buy a copy.  You may have difficulty finding a Windows 7 license these days.  You might have to buy a copy of Windows 8.1.  Further, I don't believe there is an "upgrade" to Windows 8.1 from Vista.  You might have to do a clean install.

Finally, you need to verify that your hardware and software is all compatible with Windows 8.1 - run the Upgrade Assistant from here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-assistant-download-online-faq
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You can upgrade to WIN7 Home Premium, and it will run for 30 days in "trial mode" until a valid key is entered...

After 30 days it will warn that it must be registered with a valid key and activated, or it will shut down after an hour of use

If the machine was from a "big box" manufacturer, (like Dell, HP, etc) and was purchased after WIN7 was released and temporarily "downgraded" to Vista, it is entitled to a free upgrade back to WIN7... Contact the manufacturer for info on this.
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Just to point out, that's about 50% MORE EXPENSIVE than it originally was - because there aren't many left and Microsoft isn't selling the upgrade - that's some third party, not even Amazon directly.
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