Vista was never part of the free upgrade to 10 offer. Windows 7 does not come for free; you have to buy it. Microsoft no longer sells Windows 7; try amazon.com.
There was that free offer years ago; long expired. How does the Windows 7 Upgrade Option work? The Windows 7 Upgrade Option is available through participating PC manufacturers on selected PCs and through Microsoft on qualifying purchases of the Windows Vista packaged product. The Windows 7 Upgrade Option applies to Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, and Ultimate editions.
Your Windows 7 upgrade will be to the comparable version: so you'll get either Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional (the upgrade to Windows Vista Business), or Windows 7 Ultimate, respectively. The Windows 7 Upgrade Option program runs from June 26, 2009 through January 31, 2010. Some Manufacturers may choose to shorten the Upgrade Option time frame. Follow these steps before you buy Windows 7:.
Go to your Computer / Laptop Manufacturer's website and see if Windows 7 Drivers are available for your Make and Model Computer / Laptop. If not available, Windows 7 will not work correctly for you. Run the "Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor". Check to see if your System Specifications are compatible for Windows 7:. "Windows 7 system requirements".
Windows 7 Upgrade paths:. Support for Windows 7 ended on January 14, 2020. We recommend you move to a Windows 11 PC to continue to receive security updates from Microsoft. The recommended (and easiest) way to get SP1 is to turn on automatic updating in Windows Update in Control Panel and wait for Windows 7 to notify you that SP1 is ready to install. It takes about 30 minutes to install, and you'll need to restart your computer about halfway through the installation. To check if Windows 7 SP1 is already installed on your PC, select the Start button, right-click Computer, and then select Properties.
If Service Pack 1 is listed under Windows edition, SP1 is already installed on your PC. You’ll need to know if your PC is running a 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) version of Windows 7. Select the Start button, right-click Computer, and then select Properties.
The version of Windows 7 is displayed next to System type.
- Check to make sure your PC has enough free disk space to install SP1.
- Installation method. Estimated amount of free disk space needed.
- x86-based (32-bit): 750 MB. x64-based (64-bit): 1050 MB.
- Downloading SP1 from the Microsoft website.
- x86-based (32-bit): 4100 MB. x64-based (64-bit): 7400 MB.
It’s a good idea to back up your important files, photos, and videos to an external hard disk, USB flash drive, or the cloud before installing the update.
- Make sure your PC is plugged in to power and you’re connected to the Internet.
- Some antivirus software might prevent SP1 from installing or slow down the installation.
- You can temporarily disable your antivirus software before the installation.
- If you do so, make sure you’re aware of the risks that might be involved and re-enable the antivirus software as soon as SP1 is done installing.