Those Who Qualify for an Upgrade Version of Windows and an InPlace Upgrade

If you're running any version of Windows Vista and you want to upgrade in-place to Windows 7, you can do so. The trick is understanding how different versions of Windows Vista map to different versions of Windows 7. For example, Microsoft will not let you upgrade from Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional. Likewise, you cannot upgrade from a 32-bit version of Vista to a 64-bit version of Windows 7, or vice versa. Table 1-12 clarifies the in-place upgrade story.

Table 1-12: Which Versions of Windows Vista Can Upgrade In-Place to Which Versions of Windows 7

Windows Version

Windows 7 Starter

Windows 7 Home Premium

Windows 7 Professional

Windows 7 Ultimate

Windows Vista Home Starter

No

No

No

No

Windows Vista Home Basic

No

No

No

No

Windows Vista Home Premium

No

Yes

No

No

Windows Vista Business

No

No

Yes

No

Windows Vista Ultimate

No

No

No

Yes

Your decision regarding which version to purchase will also be influenced by the cost difference of the more capable versions. Table 1-13 shows the current U.S. list prices for the different Windows 7 versions. These prices will almost certainly change over time.

Table 1-13: U.S. List Prices for Windows 7 Product Editions

Windows 7 Home Premium

Windows 7 Home Premium Full $199.99 Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade $119.99 Windows 7 Professional

Windows 7 Professional Full $299.99

Windows 7 Professional Upgrade $199.99 Windows 7 Ultimate

Windows 7 Ultimate Full $319.99

Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade $219.99

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