| ||Thread Tools|
|24th February 2009, 20:22||#1|
Join Date: May 2002
Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7... via Vista Trial
Early indications from Microsoft are that Windows 7 setup will only work on Vista-based computers. But if you're running XP, you may not be out of options.
So it might seem pointless, at first, to say that the first tool you need to make an XP-to-Win7 upgrade is a copy of Vista. But the key here is that you don't need to activate Vista after you've upgraded from XP to Vista, before you begin the upgrade from Vista to Win7. This could give hope to XP users who do plan to purchase Windows 7; all they need to do is borrow a friend's legitimate copy of Vista.
For Betanews' test (which used Virtual PC), we intentionally used a very old, non-updated Windows XP Professional virtual machine, with only Service Pack 1 installed. But very importantly, Office 2007 was also installed. Because this was an old VHD, we had to activate both XP and Office. But doing so at least ensured us of an antique-like system in good working order, with real working applications whose settings would need to survive the upgrade as well. For the heck of it, we attempted a few tricks to see if Windows Server 2008 could be made to install as an upgrade. Those tricks failed, but not surprisingly. We also double-checked for the availability of an evaluation version of Vista. No such version is officially available from Microsoft's servers at present.
|Thread||Thread Starter||Forum||Replies||Last Post|
|Vista Ultimate Users Should Get Free Upgrade to Windows 7||jmke||WebNews||0||13th May 2009 14:31|
|Microsoft Patch Tuesday: 5 Criticals, 2 Important, 1 Moderate Patch||jmke||WebNews||0||14th April 2009 18:47|
|Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for September 2008||jmke||WebNews||0||9th September 2008 19:20|
|Survey predicts upgrade disaster for Windows Vista||jmke||WebNews||0||23rd July 2008 19:42|
|Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for August 2007||jmke||WebNews||0||14th August 2007 22:21|
|Nobody in a Rush to Upgrade to Windows Vista||jmke||WebNews||1||16th July 2007 17:04|
|Windows Vista Upgrade Decision Flowchart||jmke||WebNews||0||1st February 2007 12:49|
|No More Clean Installs Using Upgrade Discs With Windows Vista||jmke||WebNews||0||28th January 2007 15:33|
|List of fixes included in Windows XP Service Pack 2||jmke||WebNews||1||17th August 2004 15:03|