So what options are available for those die-hard Windows Vista users to get themselves on an updated operating system within the next year.
Compatibility Center Go to Windows 7 Compatibility Center to find out what hardware and software Windows 7 currently supports.
You can easily search or browse for your hardware to see if it’s Windows 7 compatible.
In comparison, the older Windows XP version of the OS continues to see nearly 5 times that usage with 7.4% of the Windows share of machines that are online.
If you do the math based on 1.5 billion PCs being out there in the world, then there are still 25.5 million computers running Windows Vista today.
If you’re currently running Vista and want to upgrade to Windows 7, an in-place upgrade can be an easier option than a clean install.
Here we will take a look a the steps to take before the upgrade and walk through the actual process of the upgrade.
Windows Vista usually fares the Upgrade Advisor’s exam pretty well.
This step tells Windows 7 to visit Microsoft’s Web site and download the latest updates — drivers, patches, and assorted fixes for your particular computer — that help make your installation run as smoothly as possible.
If you want to avoid your computer quickly becoming vulnerable to viruses and other security risks, you should start planning to upgrade.
Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn't provide a direct path to upgrade to Windows 10, but you can still make the jump and leave behind Windows Vista for good.
When Windows 7 was released in October 2009, Windows Vista was the second most adopted Windows OS (19%) behind the ever popular Windows XP (63%).