I'm looking to upgrade my OS from the OEM version of vista home premium that was installed with my inspiron 530s. Please can you tell me if I'm able to just purchase an upgrade pack and use the reinstallation DVD of vista to authenticate my current system through this process, or do I need to purchase the full win 7 package? - Basically I'm not sure if the vista reinstallation DVD can be used in the win 7 upgrade process or not?
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Click the link below for information on upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7.
You may upgrade to Windows 7, as your system has a Windows Vista license, it is eligible to upgrade.
When installing Windows 7 you are best to perform "a Clean Install", for best results follow my wiki here, ignore the Vista DVD for now, you shouldn't have to reinstall Vista to upgrade to 7.
Win 7 does not look for a windows disk. When you boot to the win 7 upgrade disk, it checks your hard drive for a qualifying version of windows so don't remove it or reformat beforehand. One thing--since you dislike Vista, you should do a custom install with formatting when you install win 7. That will get rid of any vista glitches. You must boot to the upgrade disk before starting the custom install with format. Directions here: windows.microsoft.com/.../Installing-and-reinstalling-Windows-7 follow the one that says custom install with format.