HELP!: Upgrading Windows Vista Home Premium to ANY Windows 7/8

Faulkzor

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So recently I picked up an Elgato Game capture HD, to find out that the software required to use it only runs on Windows 7 & 8. I have Windows Vista Home Premium...

... I was wondering if there is a (legal) way of upgrading to Windows 7 or 8 for free? I read online (2009 article) that you can upgrade using the SIN code on the bottom right hand side of your computer.

I think it's about time that I upgrade haha.

If it helps, my computer is an Acer.

If anyone can help, I'd really, REALLY appreciate it! :)

-Faulk
 

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richc46

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Welcome
I will give you a definitive answer. There is no way to legally upgrade to Windows 7 or 8 for free.
You can get 7 for a pretty good price, since 8 has alreay been released.
I have Seven and it is awesome.
 

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jimindigo

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Hi Rich,
I'm seriously thinking of switching to W7 myself---Vista is driving me nuts!
Is it easy enough to do? Impressed with your opinion of it.
Regards,
jimindigo
 

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richc46

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It is very easy to install. Just follow this Tutorial.
Clean Install Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums
In addition, you can get a bit of a heads up by doing what I did, watch the procedure on You Tube.
It is really great to know exactly what you will see on the Screen.
Good Luck
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
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    DSL provided by ATT

townsbg

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As a further note the only time I have seen Microsoft offer a free upgrade is if the user purchased a computer just before a release of a new version. So for example for a few months prior to the release of 7 Microsoft advertised a free upgrade to 7 on new systems. When they do so they are very specific as to the qualifying dates and how long the user has to redeem the upgrade. Otherwise Rich is correct.
 

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