Windows 7 Upgrade Paths

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 June 2009 09:06 Written by Mire_B Thursday, 25 June 2009 12:07

Don’t you just wish that there was a graphic with all the supported and unsupported upgrade paths for all Windows 7 editions? A complete overview of the Windows 7 SKU upgrade matrix? I must confess that I actually spotted the Windows 7 Upgrade Test Matrix early today, but credit has to go to the guys at ActiveWin which have already mentioned the download.

Windows 7 Upgrade Test Matrix

The following table outlines supported and unsupported upgrade paths for Windows 7 SKUs.
• Cross-architecture in-place upgrades (for example, x86 to x64) are not supported.
• Cross-language in-place upgrades (for example, en-us to de-de) are not supported.
• Cross-build type in-place upgrades (for example, fre to chk) are not supported.
• Cross-media type in-place upgrades (for example, Staged to Unstaged or Unstaged to Staged) are not supported.


• For a complete view of Windows 7 resources, articles, demos, and guidance, please visit the Springboard Series for Windows 7 on the Windows Client TechCenter.
• For a Web version of this document, see the Windows 7 Upgrade Test Matrix in the Windows Client TechCenter Library.

Milestone support

• Windows 7 M3 to Windows 7 Beta in-place upgrade is supported.
• Windows 7 M3 to Windows 7 RC in-place upgrade is NOT supported.
• Windows 7 M3 to Windows 7 RTM in-place upgrade is NOT supported.
• Windows 7 Beta to Windows 7 RC in-place upgrade is supported.


Beta to RC paths are not supported.

• Windows 7 Beta to Windows 7 RTM in-place upgrade is NOT supported.
• Windows 7 RC to Windows 7 RTM in-place upgrade is supported.


RC to RTM paths are not supported.

Upgrade table

The column headings in the following table relate to the edition of the Windows 7 operating system that you are upgrading to.

Table legend

• X = Upgrade is not supported. An error message appears in the Compatibility Report or in a Setup dialog box.
• x86 = x86 to x86 in-place upgrade is supported
• x64 = x64 to x64 in-place upgrade is supported
• RIU = Repair in-place upgrade is supported. This is a Microsoft Customer Service and Support scenario where the user performs a “Windows 7 SKU” to “Windows 7 same SKU” in-place upgrade as a means of repair (for example, upgrading Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate.
• RIUx86 = Repair in-place upgrade is supported for x86 only.
• WAU = Windows Anytime Upgrade is supported. WAU uses the Transmogrifier platform to transform a lower Windows 7 SKU to a higher Windows 7 SKU (for example, Windows 7 Home Basic to Windows 7 Ultimate.)


• Windows 7 “K” editions follow the same upgrade paths as their corresponding Windows 7 edition. K is the localized Korean version of an edition.
• This matrix identifies only supported upgrades between like regulatory N, E, and KN SKUs. For example, Windows 7 Starter N can only be upgraded through WAU to other N SKUs.

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Download Windows 7 Beta Build 7000 from Microsoft, Still

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2009 12:54 Written by Mire_B Tuesday, 21 April 2009 12:48

Yes, you can still download Windows 7 Build 7000 from Microsoft.  Why would you? Well, if you are like me you probably enjoy a little memorabilia, and you can’t wait to install Windows 7 Beta in a virtual machine cut off from the rest of the operating system in about two years, and compare it with a Windows 8 Beta (I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Beta Build 8000).

If you are a MSDN or a TechNet subscriber then you can grab Build 7000 with no issue. But the public will have to use Microsoft Connect as an alternative, since the direct download was discontinued in February. I know what you’re thinking. You just can’t waltz in Microsoft Connect and grab any bits you want… Well, yes you can if you have an invite code! Make sure to navigate to Microsoft Connect and enter the following Connect ID: WIN7-3HQW-RF74. It will allow access to Windows 7 Ultimate Beta and Windows 7 Home Premium Beta. And even more goodies! Check out more details after the jump.

And just in case Windows 7 Build 7000 Beta coming back with a vengeance did not take your mind off of goodies such as Build 7077, 7082 and 7106, or the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) coming on May 5, Mary Jo Foley dug up a Microsoft job posting for Windows 8 and the new file server in development, in response to my post on the improvements planned for Win 8 file access for branch offices.


Here is the job posting for Software Development Engineer in Test:

Do you want to work ensuring that we deliver the best administration experience for the next generation of File Servers? Do you want to solve tough management problems that simplify how server (and client) administrators setup/configure, manage, monitor and migrate file server workload?

Windows File Server role is among the top roles that customers configure their Windows Servers for. File Server Management is one of the key differentiators for Windows Server when it comes to comparison with other non Windows products. The File Server Management Team’s charter is to ensure that we continue to innovate and provide excellent value to existing and new customers thus giving a compelling reasons to buy windows Servers for their File Storage workloads.

In Windows Server 2008 R2 release, the Server UX Test team (under the File Server Management organization) is finalizing the MMC based User eXperience (UX)/Interfaces for the File Server Role. Currently the team owns DFS Management, Share and Storage Management, FSRM & Classification UI, Disk Management, SMFS. For Windows 8, the SSD organization is working on the next version of the file server.

As a member of the test team, you will focus on working closely with the dev team to finish the automation development for our Windows Server 2008 R2 components. This will provide valuable ramp-up and familiarity with our existing test automation infrastructure. As the team moved to Windows 8, you will have 2 main responsibilities – (i) put on the customer/design critique hat as we plan our next version file server management experience (i) participating in the architectural design, and development and driving automated testing for managing the next generation file server. Our current automation does not meet the multi-machine paradigm requirement and so you will contribute significantly in the development of test automation to validate setup/configuration of the new server, managing configuration changes, performing diagnostics and reporting using Power Shell, Command line, Object Model, UI. You will need to develop tests that would verify the system with an end-to-end perspective in managed code using C#. You would also be responsible for testing scalability and performance aspects of the system, testing for limits and boundary conditions. We will give you the best possible support by assigning a full time mentor to work closely with you. You will develop in depth technical skills in: C# (C/C++) coding, Windows Operating systems fundamentals, Distributed algorithms, Data synchronization protocols, Networking, system scalability & performance and security testing and the like.

We need great minds like you and in return we give you the unique opportunity to work on a ground breaking technology. How many times does one get to work on a path breaking product that targets a market worth Billions of Dollars? What we have is V1 system on top of our robust Windows Server. You will have an opportunity to design the next generation from scratch (and bring the best of technologies from across Microsoft) with the support and guidance of excellent people around you. Specifically, this position gives you to get full breadth of test automation – from UI, to object model to the underlying infrastructure. By testing the top most layer, you will be forced to understand the layers below it – you will work with core/infrastructure folks on a daily basis thereby become an expert on the entire depth of the system. It is not just coding experience that you will gain – you gain design and creative testing skills, project coordination, team work, and opportunity to be the “guru” or in your areas. In our team, we have excellent opportunities for career growth and our upper management is committed to investing in quality people like you. We have great program managers and developers in place who are eagerly looking for the your (test developer’s) arrival. While our ambitions are higher, we are a team who fully…

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