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Can I Upgrade To Windows 7?

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 by | Filed Under: Hardware & Peripherals, System Tune-Up Help

Shirley from FL writes:

I have a Compaq laptop with Vista on it. It is about 4 years old, am I able to put Windows 7 on it? Since I can not afford at this time a new laptop I would like to get rid of Vista since I do not like it.


Shirley, I’ve got some great news for you. If your PC is running Vista then it most likely can run Windows 7.  Microsoft has a free utility called the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor which will scan your computer and report back on the upgrade ability and any possible conflicts.

Click here to download Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. Once you run Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor, a report will show on the screen giving you a list of possible compatibility issues t specific to your computer. You can review this report to determine if any software or hardware won’t work once you install Windows 7.

It’s also a good idea to visit your manufacturer’s website and look for drivers under the support section. You can find out if Windows 7 drivers are available for your computer’s internal devices. If there are drivers available, download them and put them onto a DVD or a USB flash drive. Once you complete the upgrade, you’ll have the drivers you need to install.

If you do decide to upgrade, I would look online or in-store for the Upgrade edition of Windows 7 Home Premium. This edition is the most popular version of Windows 7 and is designed for home users who do not need to connect to a corporate work network.


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One Response to “Can I Upgrade To Windows 7?”

  1. Mark says:


    Before you pay the money to upgrade please spend some time using s friend’s computer that has Windows 7 on it already, that is if you haven’t. I use Windows 7 mostly but do have 1 Vista computer and with the latest service pack on it Vista is not that different from Win 7, IMO. Even if the system would support it I would never pay the 90-120 bucks it would cost to buy an upgrade. Don’t get me wrong Win 7 is better than Vista but to me again it is not $100 better.

    If you do decide to upgrade then make sure you get the correct version for upgrading from Vista to Window 7 I just looked and there are upgrades from Win 7 starter to Win 7 Home Premium that are not what you need. Also make sure you get a version for the correct processor type 32bit or 64bit.

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