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My laptop was built with Windows Vista.

Can I update it to Windows 7? Should I expect a more responsive system? I previously asked about updating my system with Windows XP and was told it wasn't a good idea.

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When did you buy it. Since you might be legible for free upgrade. Check your laptop manufacturer. –  Aaaaaaaaaha ERLEBNIS Nov 3 '09 at 11:02
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To determine if your current computer configuration will be compatible with Windows 7, check out the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.

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I've upgraded two computers from Vista to Windows 7. One was a desktop system and the other a laptop. Both went very smoothly. The laptop seems to have benefited from a performance improvement with Win7 while the desktop has not noticably improved.

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Upgrade to windows 7, you won't regret it.

The best way to describe it is that it "pokes you in the eye less". Technically you should run the upgrade advisor to find out how easy or hard the process will be, but don't forget to back up everything first.

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You can definitely expect a more responsive system.

Windows 7 is a lot better performance-wise (and in every other aspect IMHO) than Vista.

Though a clean install always results in a more stable system, the folks at Microsoft worked hard to make upgrading painless and, I think, it works like a charm indeed.

Be sure to check if your system is compatible first.

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Benchmarks, and my own testing, have shown Win7 isn't actually any faster than Vista, just the shell is snappier. –  Phoshi Nov 24 '09 at 17:40
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You could run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. This will tell you if you have enough disk space, any hardware with driver issues etc.

I would expect it to give a Vista capable laptop a clean bill of health, but you never know.

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Windows 7 is heads and tails above vista, as this link shows

I used these instructions and it worked a treat, good luck

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