If you've already purchased Windows 7 and need help upgrading, you can get help from a local computer service provider or can follow our step-by-step instructions, which will guide you through the entire process.
If you're thinking about purchasing Windows 7, you can either buy a new PC that comes with Windows 7 or upgrade your current PC.
We recommend that you experience Windows 7 on a new PC.
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32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions
If your current PC can run Windows 7, you can upgrade it.
Note that you can use upgrade media, but you must perform a custom installation of Windows 7, which doesn't keep any of your files, programs, or settings.
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Upgrading to Windows 7: frequently asked questions
If you've already purchased Windows 7, just follow our step-by-step instructions for either an upgrade or a custom installation. Which type of installation you use will depend on which edition of Windows Vista you're currently running and which edition of Windows 7 you want to install (for more information, see the "Which installation type do I need to use?" section later on this page).
If you're running Windows Vista, in most cases you can upgrade your PC to Windows 7. Here are some links to information about choosing an edition, purchasing, and upgrading:
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The type of Windows 7 installation you'll need to use—upgrade or custom—will depend on the edition of Windows Vista you've got and the edition of Windows 7 you want to install.
Windows 7 Home Premium installation type
Windows 7 Professional installation type
Windows 7 Ultimateinstallation type
If you're running:
Windows Vista Home Basic
Windows Vista Home Premium
Windows Vista Business
Windows Vista Ultimate
* An upgrade installation keeps your files, settings, and programs in place. A custom installation does not preserve your files, settings, and programs. Learn more about upgrading to Windows 7.
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