Upgrade to Windows 7 in 3 Easy Steps!

I have been testing and doing presentations on Windows 7 for over 6 months. With Windows 7 officially release, it was time for me to step up to the plate, and move my production workstation over to Windows 7. This is the same workstation that I wrote about two years ago when I made the switch from XP to Vista.


So last night I took the plunge and did an in-place upgrade (IPU) of my Vista Ultimate desktop to Windows 7 Ultimate. Yes, I know there are those who will say that a wipe and clean is the only way to do it (see my blog post about it). However, my experience is that there will be lot’s of people who will want (or need) to do an in-place upgrade, and the only way for me to give it a thumbs up or down was to do it myself.


OK, so how did the upgrade go for me? In one word — FANTASTIC! The in-place upgrade went smoothly. And all my favorite and important applications are running flawlessly. So, I can wholeheartedly recommend an IPU if all prerequisites are followed. Is a wipe and clean preferred? You betcha. But an IPU can be very successful.


UPGRADING TO WINDOWS 7 IN THREE EASY STEPS:


System: Dell Optiplex 745 / 2.2Ghz Intel 6400 Core 2 / 4GB memory / 250GB primary C: drive


  1. Run Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor, and fix whatever is identified. For me, there were a couple of program and utilities (like iTunes) that needed to be uninstalled ahead of time.
  2. Backup your system. For me, I did a backup to my Windows Home Server, and I did a second backup using StorageCraft ShadowProtect. Why two backups? Because I firmly believe you can’t have enough backups!
  3. Upgrade to Windows 7. Since this was an in-place upgrade, you run the upgrade straight from Vista. Please note: the upgrade process will take several hours to complete.

P.S. You may find your upgrade process hanging up during the “Expanding Windows” phase. Apparently different things may or may not cause this, including a bad DVD. Some people suggest putting the Windows 7 installation DVD onto a thumbdrive, which I may try for my next upgrade,


Windows 7 Rocks!

3 thoughts on “Upgrade to Windows 7 in 3 Easy Steps!”

  1. An BE PATIENT – there are a couple of points during the upgrade where the progress % will seem to be stuck – just let it be. (Most people don’t even notice as they just leave the machine be and come back in an hour or two)

  2. that is correct … my system appeared to be hung at 21% one time and 67% further on. At 11pm I decided to go to bed and see how it looked in the morning. And it was finished. Some say that installing Win7 from a USB stick might avoid some of these delays.

  3. However, my experience is that there will be lot’s of people who will want (or need) to do an in-place upgrade, and the only way for me to give it a thumbs up or down was to do it myself.

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