Here is a quick view of the supported and unsupported upgrade paths for Windows 7 SKUs, that outlines possible upgrade scenarios from older versions of Windows.

Upgrade supported

from Windows Vista (SP1 and SP2) to Windows 7
Ultimate Ultimate
Enterprise Enterprise
Business Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate
Home Premium Home Premium, Ultimate
Home Basic Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate


from Windows 7 (lower editions) Any Time Upgrade to Windows 7
Professional Ultimate
Home Premium Professional, Ultimate
Home Basic Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate
Starter Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate


Upgrade not supported

Upgrades to Windows 7 from the following operating systems are not supported:

  • Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows XP, Windows Vista RTM, Windows Vista Starter, Windows 7 M3, Windows 7 Beta, Windows 7 RC.
  • Windows NT Server 4.0, Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Cross-architecture, Cross-language and Cross-SKU upgrades are not supported.

One response to “Windows 7 Upgrade Path”

  1. palla sridhar Avatar
    palla sridhar

    Good news. Hope microsoft had some plans to give direct upgrades from XP to Win 7 directly. Visit my blog Windows Technology Blog

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