From what I understand, I can bypass registering the 1st step Windows 7 32-bit upgrade for up to 30 days which gives me plenty of time to install the Windows 7 64-bit on a new drive and ensure everything is working prior to registering the Windows 7 64-bit as my legitimate version.This will not be a dual-boot as I plan to remove the drive with the upgraded Windows 7 32-bit and store as a fall-back.If you are interested in moving from Windows Vista to Windows 10, you can get there by doing a time-consuming clean installation after buying the new operating system software, or by purchasing a new PC.To go the less expensive route, first make sure your computer meets the Windows 10 system requirements, which are listed on Microsoft’s website.If your hardware meets the requirements and you want to proceed, you also have to buy a copy of Windows 10, which costs 0 for the home version.(Some experienced users have wrestled Windows Insider Preview versions onto older computers, but this is not for the technically faint of heart.) Before you install Windows 10 on the old PC, back up your files to an external drive so that you can copy them back to the computer after the upgrade.My plan is to upgrade Windows Vista 32-bit to Windows 7 32-bit then to install Windows 7 as a 64-bit on a completely new drive.This may not sound logical but I want a fall-back to a good working version in the event some of my 'necessary' programs do not work properly under Windows 7 64-bit plus if I ever have a 'fatal' crash, I have a quick fallback until I get back up and running.
Follow these steps in your app to determine whether or not the running version of WUA is the most recent one (or at least a current one).
Windows Vista is not mentioned in most articles about updating a computer to Windows 10 because Vista is not included in Microsoft’s free upgrade offer for the new operating system.
The free Windows 10 upgrade is available only to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users until July 29.
You will also need to reinstall all your programs that are compatible with Windows 10.
The upgrade process from Windows Vista takes time and money, and if the computer is old and comparatively slow, you may not find it worth the effort.