Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Windows 7 Upgrade – Is It Free? Is it Hassle-Free?

So you are ready to upgrade your PC’s operating system to the newest from Microsoft – Windows 7. But hang on!

Take a note of the following facts before proceeding:

You are eligible for a free upgrade only if you have Vista SP1 or SP2 installed on your PC that you bought after June 26th, 2009.

You can’t cross architecture from 32-bit to 64-bit.
There is also a language issue. You can’t install Windows 7 English version on Vista SP1 (or SP2) Spanish version.
You can’t upgrade from Vista Home to Windows 7 business version. This will shell some dollars out of your pocket, obviously.

Upgrade vs. fresh install You are not eligible to upgrade your Windows installation if you have a non-upgraded Vista or any other Microsoft OS (Windows XP, Windows 2000, etc.). In that case, you have no other choice than to buy it and go for a fresh install. In case of a fresh install, you will have to reinstall all other software installed on your PC.

Should I upgrade? Better judge it yourself. An opinion by Matt Lake give you four reasons to upgrade and four reasons to stay away.

Another post by Greg Keizer warns that an upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 may take 20 hours, as confirmed by Microsoft.

Should I wait a month or upgrade now? I will say - Do it now. Windows 7 has jumped to the top of the software bestseller list at online retailer Amazon.com and accounts for three of the first five spots and five of the top 10.

Don't lose heart as the early enterprise adopters have all praises for Windows 7. They confirm it is efficient in saving power costs and makes users happier by booting the system faster.

And last but not the least - Gartner also confirms not to wait for the patches and to go for Windows 7 right now.
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