Windows 7 Upgrade Paths

Are you trying to decide which version of Windows 7 you should buy? Considering upgrading from Windows Vista? Confused as to which version you’ll be upgrade to? Be confused no more. Below is a list of all of the Windows Vista versions and which versions can be upgraded to the new versions of Windows 7.

Source:Windows 7 Upgrade Paths whitepaper published by Microsoft.
From Windows Vista
Upgrade to Windows 7
Business Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate
Enterprise Enterprise
Home Basic Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate
Home Premium Home Premium, Ultimate
Ultimate Ultimate

How-To: Build Your own Windows 7 DVD

Update: Added step to change “Sectors to Load” field in Bootable Disc tab

For those of you who have downloaded Windows 7 through the Microsoft Store and used the download option that only provides you with the contents of the DVD and not the actual ISO, here are some steps you can follow to build your own DVD, as well as save time and bandwidth.

NOTE: These steps were only tested on the 32-bit editions, as I do not have the 64-bit editions in the format that the Microsoft Store provides.

Tools Required:

Windows 7 installation files (obtained through Microsoft Store download)

– ImgBurn (available at http://www.imgburn.com)

– Windows 7 DVD boot image (available here)

DVD Creation Steps:

1. Open ImgBurn and click “Create Image from Files / Folders”

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2. Click on the Add Folder button on the Source Column and select the folder where you’ve extracted the Windows 7 installation files

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3. Click the Labels tab, and you can use your own label, or if you want your DVD to be just like the Retail DVDs, use the following labels. For 32 bit – GRMCFRE_EN_DVD | For 64 bit – GRMCxFRE_EN_DVD

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4. Click the Advanced Tab, and then click the Restrictions Tab, then check the options as shown in the below screenshot

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6. Click the Bootable Disc tab, and then check the box labeled “Make Image Bootable”

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7. Click the Browse button next to “Boot Image” and then browse to where you downloaded the BootImage.ima file, and select it

8. In the “Sectors to Load” field change the 4 to an 8

9. Select a Destination to save your Windows 7 ISO

10. Click the big Build button

11. You will see the following error message. Click NO. If you do not click NO, your DVD will not work correctly.

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12. After your ISO is created you can use ImgBurn to burn your newly created ISO.

Good luck and happy installing!

-Tom

Windows 7 is now available!

Today is the big day!

Windows 7 has been launched with much fanfare. This morning I got out of bed early (tough for me to do), queued up Microsoft PressPass and watched the Windows 7 Launch Event live from New York City.

Over the next few days I’ll be posting an in-depth review series of Windows 7 for all to enjoy.

If you are interested in purchasing Windows 7 you can buy it directly from Microsoft and download it and install it today! To buy Windows 7 click here.

For those of you with Netbooks wondering how you can install Windows 7 without a DVD drive, Microsoft has tool available called the Windows 7 USB / DVD Download Tool. This tool lets you use your downloaded copy of Windows 7 from the Microsoft Store and a USB flash drive to create a flash drive to use on your netbook to install Windows 7. This tool is available at http://store.microsoft.com/Help/ISO-Tool

Stay tuned for more Windows 7 stuff over the next 7 days!

-Tom

UPDATE: Corrected link to Windows 7 USB Download Tool