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MCTS 70-680 Cert Guide: Upgrading to Windows 7

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This chapter covers the processes of upgrading to Windows 7 from a previous version of Windows, migrating from Windows XP, and upgrading from one edition of Windows 7 to another — all in the context of what you need to know to pass the MCTS 70-680 exam.
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This chapter covers the following subjects:

  • Upgrading to Windows 7 from a Previous Version of Windows: This section shows you how you can upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7.
  • Migrating from Windows XP: A direct upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 is not possible; however, Microsoft has specified ways in which you can get from Windows XP to Windows 7. This section shows you what you must do to accomplish this task.
  • Upgrading from One Edition of Windows 7 to Another: Certain upgrade paths are available among the various editions of Windows 7. This section identifies these upgrade paths and shows you how to perform these upgrades.

A lot of individuals have purchased computers running Windows Vista since its rollout in early 2007, and most have been disappointed to a certain extent because of the problems encountered with this operating system, which we have already discussed in Chapter 1, "Introducing Windows 7." Microsoft has provided paths for upgrading these computers to Windows 7. Further, some users of Windows XP computers would like to take advantage of the latest and greatest of Microsoft operating systems. In this chapter, we look at which computers can be upgraded directly to Windows 7 and which computers require a complete reinstall of the operating system.

Many users are attracted by the features available in higher editions of Windows 7, such as Ultimate, but might have purchased a computer on which a lower edition of Windows 7, such as Home Premium, has been preinstalled. For those users, Microsoft has made upgrade paths available that enable them to move to a higher version of Windows 7. As with the upgrade of an earlier version of Windows, these paths enable users to retain Registry settings and account information from the lower version of Windows 7.

"Do I Know This Already?" Quiz

The "Do I Know This Already?" quiz enables you to assess whether you should read this entire chapter or simply jump to the "Exam Preparation Tasks" section for review. If you are in doubt, read the entire chapter. 1 Table 3-1 outlines the major headings in this chapter and the corresponding "Do I Know This Already?" quiz questions. You can find the answers in Appendix A, "Answers to the 'Do I Know This Already?' Quizzes."

Table 3-1. "Do I Know This Already?" Foundation Topics Section-to-Question Mapping

Foundations Topics Section

Questions Covered in This Section

Upgrading to Windows 7 from a Previous Version of Windows

1–4

Migrating from Windows XP

5–7

Upgrading from One Edition of Windows 7 to Another

8–10

  1. Your computer is running Windows Vista Home Premium. Which of the following can you upgrade directly to in one step, without performing a clean installation? (Choose all that apply.)

    1. Windows 7 Home Premium.
    2. Windows 7 Professional.
    3. Windows 7 Enterprise.
    4. Windows 7 Ultimate.
    5. You cannot upgrade directly to any of these operating systems; you must perform a clean install of Windows 7.
  2. Your computer is running Windows XP Professional. Which of the following can you upgrade directly to in one step, without performing a clean installation? (Choose all that apply.)

    1. Windows 7 Home Premium.
    2. Windows 7 Professional.
    3. Windows 7 Enterprise.
    4. Windows 7 Ultimate.
    5. You cannot upgrade directly to any of these operating systems; you must perform a clean install of Windows 7.
  3. You are preparing to upgrade your Windows Vista computer to Windows 7. Which of the following tasks should you perform before beginning the upgrade? (Choose all that apply.)

    1. Run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.
    2. Run Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade.
    3. Check for any available upgrades for your computer's BIOS.
    4. Scan your computer for viruses.
    5. Remove or disable your antivirus program.
    6. Install the latest service pack for Windows Vista.
  4. You insert the Windows 7 DVD-ROM in the drive of your Windows Vista computer and select the option to install Windows and to get the latest updates. You receive the Which Type of Installation Do You Want page, but the option to upgrade is disabled (grayed out). Which of the following is the most likely reason that this option is not available?

    1. You have not accepted the license agreement.
    2. Your computer is running a 32-bit version of Windows Vista, but you have inserted the 64-bit Windows 7 DVD.
    3. Your computer is running Windows Vista Home Premium, and you are attempting to upgrade to Windows 7 Professional.
    4. Your computer is running Windows Vista Home Premium, and you are attempting to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate.
  5. Your computer is running Windows XP Professional. You want to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate. Which of the following is the cheapest and simplest way to perform the upgrade?

    1. Insert the Windows 7 DVD and upgrade directly to Windows 7 Ultimate.
    2. Insert the Windows 7 DVD and upgrade to Windows 7 Professional. Then use Windows Anytime Upgrade to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate.
    3. Insert the Windows Vista DVD and upgrade to Windows Vista Ultimate. Then insert the Windows 7 DVD and upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate.
    4. Insert the Windows 7 DVD and install a clean copy of Windows 7 Ultimate.
  6. Your computer is running Windows XP Professional. You insert the Windows 7 DVD and choose the option to perform a clean installation of Windows 7. You then select the same partition on which the Windows XP system files are located and proceed with the upgrade. Which of the following best describes what happens to your Windows XP system files?

    1. The Windows XP system files are overwritten with the Windows 7 system files.
    2. The Windows XP system files are placed in a new folder named Windows.old.
    3. The Windows XP system files remain in the same location in an unaltered state, and you create a dual-boot system.
    4. The Windows XP system files are moved to a new partition, and you create a dual-boot system.
  7. Fred has saved a large number of Word documents on your computer running Windows XP Home Edition. He installs Windows 7 Home Premium on your computer, using the same partition on which Windows XP was installed. He does not reformat this partition. What happens to these documents?

    1. They are placed in the Windows.old\Documents and Settings\Fred\My Documents folder.
    2. They remain in the Documents and Settings\Fred\My Documents folder.
    3. They are placed in the Users\Fred\My Documents folder.
    4. They are lost; Fred must restore them from backup.
  8. Your computer runs Windows 7 Home Premium and you want to upgrade to a higher edition of Windows 7. Besides Windows 7 Ultimate, what edition can you upgrade to?

    1. Starter
    2. Home Basic
    3. Professional
    4. Enterprise
  9. Your computer runs Windows 7 Home Premium and you want to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate. You have gone online and purchased a Windows 7 Ultimate upgrade license. What should you do?

    1. Run Windows Anytime Upgrade, enter the key code for the Ultimate upgrade, and let the upgrade proceed.
    2. Insert the Windows 7 DVD, select the option to install Windows, enter the key code for the Ultimate edition, and run the upgrade.
    3. Insert the Windows 7 DVD, select the option to repair Windows, enter the key code for the Ultimate edition, and run the upgrade.
    4. Insert the Windows 7 DVD, select the option to perform a clean install of Windows, enter the key code for the Ultimate upgrade, and let the upgrade proceed.
  10. You have upgraded your computer from Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium. However, you are dissatisfied with the performance of your computer and want to revert to Windows Vista. You verify that a Windows.old folder exists. What should you do?

    1. Access the System and Security applet in Control Panel and select Uninstall Windows 7.
    2. Access the Programs applet in Control Panel and select Uninstall Windows 7.
    3. Use the Windows Recovery Environment and the Windows.old folder to recover Windows Vista.
    4. You cannot revert to Windows Vista; you must reformat the partition containing Windows 7 and perform a clean installation of Vista.
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