Upgrade to Windows 7 from XP.

Great confusion seems to exist even for us on what qualifies for upgrade.  XP does qualify for the upgrade promotions/software but you will not be able to do an upgrade style install. 

XP to Windows 7 will require a clean formatting of the computer.  If you are trying to maintain important files and many of your original settings you will have to do some prep work.  See article in Microsoft Technet.  About half way down the article they talk about the upgrade process.  We will be doing installs for customers beginning 10/22 and we will be offering a $10.22 discount on the basic reformat service, data preservation a little extra. 

If you are going from Windows XP to Windows 7 you may consider the OEM rout if you have to make any hardware updates.  Most hardware additions will qualify your machine to be treated like an OEM/Build and can use the single use OEM software a few dollars cheaper than the upgrade copy.  The caveat is that it has to be purchased with hardware.  Based on previous releases Microsoft’s vendor got pretty cheezy with what was a hardware upgrade, including mice.  So keep that option in mind.

For the braver who already run Windows Vista your upgrade may be a little easier, users of Vista Basic and Vista Premium can upgrade directly to Windows 7 Premium.  Users of Vista Pro will upgrade to Windows 7 Pro.

 

Windows 7 Premium

Windows 7 Professional

Windows 7 Ultimate

Windows Vista Home Basic

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X

Windows Vista Home Premium

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X

Windows Vista Business

 

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X

Windows Vista Ultimate

   

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I hope this helps and check out our Windows 7 Pre-Order specials at http://www.end2endsupport.com/

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