So I’ve got all my computers running Windows 7 RTM now and I’m not missing Vista at all. I’ve still got my wife and kid’s computers to upgrade but will have to wait till Oct 22 since I can’t use my volume license on those PCs. In light of the fact they are running XP I will need to go about their upgrade the hard way. If you are considering an upgrade to Windows 7 here is a handy upgrade chart for you that may be of some assistance. The comments following are actually more fun to read than the document.
From Microsoft TechNet (be sure to reference this site for “current” information.
Windows 7 Upgrade Paths
Updated: June 17, 2009
Applies To: Windows 7
This document outlines supported and unsupported upgrade paths for editions of the Windows® 7 operating system.
Unsupported Upgrade Scenarios
- Upgrades to Windows 7 from the following operating systems are not supported:
- Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows XP, Windows Vista® RTM, Windows Vista Starter, Windows 7 M3, Windows 7 Beta, Windows 7 RC, or Windows 7 IDS
- Windows NT® Server 4.0, Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server® 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2
- Cross-architecture in-place upgrades (for example, x86 to x64) are not supported.
- Cross-language in-place upgrades (for example, en-us to de-de) are not supported.
- Cross-SKU upgrades (for example, Windows 7 N to Windows 7 K) are not supported.
- Upgrades from Windows Vista to Windows N, Windows K, Windows KN, or Windows E are not supported.
- Cross-build type in-place upgrades (for example, fre to chk) are not supported.
- Pre-release in-place upgrades across milestones (for example, Windows 7 RC to Windows 7 RTM) are not supported.