Compatibility in Upgrading Windows OS

Notes Regarding Migration

Compatibility between Versions and Editions

Some information is not inherited for some OS combinations before and after upgrading. For instance, migration from Windows XP to Windows 7/8 should be considered carefully.
Upgrade fromWindows Vista
Business
Windows 7
Professional
Windows 7
Enterprise
Windows 8
Pro
Windows 8
Enterprise
Windows 8.1
Pro
Windows 8.1
Enterprise
For home useXP Home Edition (after SP3)Yes------
For business useXP Professional (after SP3)YesNo1No1No1No1--
For home useVista Home BasicYes------
Vista Home Premium-------
Vista Ultimate-------
For business useVista Bussiness (after SP1)YesYesYesNo2No2--
Vista Enterprise (after SP1)--Yes-No2--
For home use7 Starter---Yes-No1-
7 Home Basic---Yes-No1-
7 Home Premium---Yes-No1-
7 Ultimate---Yes-No1-
For business use7 Professional---YesYesNo1No1
7 Enterprise----Yes-No1
For home use8 (unmarked)---Yes-Yes-
For business use8 Pro---YesYesYesYes
8 Enterprise----Yes-Yes
For home use8.1 (unmarked)---Yes-Yes-
For business use8.1 Pro---YesYesYesYes
8.1 Enterprise----Yes-Yes

Note regarding migration to another OS with different architecture(32bit/64bit)

Migration between OS’s with different arichitecutrue (such as 32bit/64bit) will not inherit any data even if both of the OS editions are same.

Note regarding migration to a different language version of OS

Migration between OS’s with different language versions, such as from an English version to a Japanese one, will inherit only personal files. Neither applications or Windows settings wil not be transferred.