Friday, November 20, 2009

Upgrade Vista 32 Bit to 64 Bit Windows 7


If you try to install Windows 7 64-bit on 32-bit Vista, the following error would occur:

The Version of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows you're running.

The issue is you can’t do a direct in-pace upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit Windows 7. The only way to do a clean install. Follow the below steps:

  1. Backup manual data from your machine
  2. Backup the application settings and user documents\pictures etc using Windows Easy Transfer(
  3. Create a bootable DVD or USB using Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool(
  4. Restart the machine and access BIOS(using F12 or other key as per your machine). Change the Boot sequence to use DVD\USB as the first option
  5. Restart the machine, Windows7 setup should start now
  6. Select “Custom” installation option and follow the instructions
  7. Install and activate Windows 7

Enjoy the wonderful experience of Windows 7