Vista Home premium to W7 Pro

Posted on 2014-02-06
Last Modified: 2014-02-06
Hello ,
 well to my surprise when i purchase an upgrade for Vita home to W7 Pro it says cannot be done must do a clean install, which defeats the purpose since i am trying to upgrade in order to keep all the data, files and office ( e-mail) without having to re-install all.

is there a work around ? is there away of doing so without doing a clean install?
or should i try and get an upgrade from vistas home premium to vista pro  ( i guess it is called Business) first ?

looking forward to some insight on thisp.s. i have made an image of the drives just in case :-)
Question by:Gladjag07
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Sorry. Clean install is the only upgrade path from Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional. Please backup your personal files and other data. Then do a clean install; and reinstall your drivers and applications.

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thank you Aadih,
 in that case is there aother version of W7 that would upgrade vista home premium without doing a clean install?
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Brian Pringle earned 250 total points
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If you upgrade to Vista Business first, you could then upgrade to Windows 7 Professional.

However, as with any upgrade, you will be rolling any problems that you have in the registry from Vista to 7.  If you are doing an upgrade, it is the perfect time for a clean install.  That is, unless you need to keep a specific application that you can't possibly reinstall.
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by:Brian Pringle
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You can upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Ultimate.
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by:Brian Pringle
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Another route would be to upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium and then do another "Anytime Upgrade" to Windows 7 Professional.
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aadih earned 250 total points
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I believe you could upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate (Of course to Windows 7 Home Premium also).

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since i already purchased the W7 Pro i will try and get W7 home premium and follow up upgrade
thanks all for input

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