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Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 Official Upgrade Paths

Today Microsoft released the Official Supported and Unsupported Upgrade Paths/Scenarios on Microsoft Download.

Today Microsoft released the Official Supported and Unsupported Upgrade Paths/Scenarios on Microsoft Download. No huge surprises hit me as I reviewed the documentation except just one.

  • Windows 7 RC to Windows 7 RTM is an Unsupported Upgrade Scenario

Not a HUGE problem for me personally since I believe upgrades, for the most part, are evil. However, I’m guessing there’s going to be a big reaction out there as people hear the news.

Here are a few screenshots with all the details on Windows 7 Unsupported and Supported Upgrade Paths:

Windows 7 Unsupported Upgrade Paths  Windows 7 Supported Upgrade Paths

And here are the screenshots for Windows Server 2008 R2 Unsupported and Supported Upgrade Paths:

Windows Server 2008 R2 UnSupported Upgrade Paths   Windows Server 2008 R2 Supported Upgrade Paths

If you want to grab the Word Documents directly from MS Download:




  1. josie

    no upgrade path for windows 7 RC? what’s up with that! VERY lame!

    • MrGroove

      Yeah… I agree that for some people an upgrade would have been nice however I personally believe that an in-place-upgrade should be your last resort. Clean installs in the long run will always give you the fewest problems long-term.

      • josie

        Sure, that’s business as usual for me in most instances however, this PC I upgraded to windows 7 RC is my HP I just bought and all the OEM software will be gone if I wipe it with a clean install….. >SIGH>

  2. TamaraDigi

    Personally – I’m quite exciting, and waiting for this to be properly released. 7601.16562.100603-1800 is reportedly the build string of Windows 7 SP1, indicating that this specific Build of the service pack was wrapped up on June 3rd, 2010. It has yet to be confirmed whether 6.1.7601.16562.win7sp1_beta.100603-1800 is the official Beta development milestone of the first upgrade for Windows 7. Apparently, Windows 7 SP1 Beta Build 7601.16562.100603-1800 weighs in at 1.22GB and is available in German, Spanish, French, English, and Japanese. The one thing I like about MS Server 2008 R2 over Linux is that it’s so much more compatible with our other tools, all the MS web-development tools have familiar features, speak the same language, share a common platform which enables rapid prototyping, and helps diverse production roles work more closely together. See web stack here:

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