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Win 7 upgrade of Vista vs clean install

Pros vs Cons

     

incrediBILL

3:50 am on Aug 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I downloaded the Win 7 upgrade advisor [microsoft.com] and it said my system was good.

Offered to perform an in-place 64-bit vista upgrade instead of a clean install.

Has anyone tried this?

bill

5:57 am on Aug 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I'd stick with the advice I gave in this recent thread: Planning an Upgrade to Windows 7 with Upgrade Advisor [webmasterworld.com]...Do a clean install.

incrediBILL

6:44 am on Aug 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I don't want to do a clean install, I'm lazy ;)

Still, the topic is DID YOU DO AN UPGRADE AND HOW'D IT WORK?

Leosghost

7:11 am on Aug 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Incredibill ..I was looking at trying upgrades over the last weekend ..spent about 4 hours reading the horror stories all over the microsofts support forums and elsewhere ..the general consensus appears to be ..clean install only ..especially the 64 ..

( the problem appears to be with the installer in the RTM ..the RC one worked ..the new one can hang for nearly a day or just not complete ..( MS support say that's "normal" ~:o...and doesnt always roll back nice ..lots of folks with stories of having to reinstall vista ..and or go clean in seven and then reinstall every thing :(( ..not a proceedure for the lazy :)

leaving mine till next weekend at the earliest ( backing up and cleaning house is going to take that long ) ..and if all goes well ? I have three machines currently running vista 64 ..( came pre installed :(( to do ..

Wlauzon

4:01 pm on Aug 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I have an older computer - got it just before Vista came out, and then upgraded to Vista without a clean install.

I would not do that again, and I am guessing that W7 will be no different.

The biggest single problem with a clean install is that this computer has a lot of installed software, some of which I probably can't even find the reg key numbers for anymore.

Bleh, I might just buy a new computer, probably time for an upgrade anyway.

ByronM

2:16 pm on Sep 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I upgraded my laptop which had vista running on it since release and it upgraded just fine. In fact, it runs so much better now. Old hp dv9000 series, all drivers were updated, removed the crappy hpware and even all the instant click buttons still worked. Windows 7 has been great thus far.
 

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