Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Chart

Microsoft appears to have sent an “Official Windows 7 Upgrade chart” to Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal. The chart to many  tells a rather confusing story: Upgrading to Windows 7 will be hideously complex.

Windows 7 Upgrade Chart

windows 7 upgrade chart

First, it includes one entire row dedicated to a product that doesn’t exist: Windows Vista Starter 64-bit edition (Vista Starter is available in 32-bit only).

Second, of the 66 separate options listed, many are completely ludicrous. Is anyone going to “upgrade” from 64-bit Vista Business to 32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium?

ZDNet has redone this chart into something that is both accurate and useful. It faithfully includes every option listed in the Microsoft chart, with the errors corrected.

windows 7 upgrade path

Which one do you prefer?

Additional Read : Windows 7 Upgrade Matrix.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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