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Windows 7: Upgrading to 7 from Windows Vista.

25 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 
Upgrading to 7 from Windows Vista.

Hi forum,
I am just about to upgrade to 7 (64 bit) from Vista but would like an answer to a matter puzzling me.
I have a two- HD system ....C /D and a recovery partition E. The E has the recovery files for Vista on it.
I am not very technical so the question might appear stupid but should I remove the contents of E with a Format?. I shall never have to avail of this again. In any event, I am always receiving notifications in System Health Reports that there is less than 13% available on this section. My reason in asking this is so that I can go over to 7 without any unneccessary "baggage" in tow.


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25 Jun 2011   #2

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

BluePeter,
It's a good and valid question. I understand that drive C and D are separate drives with E as a recovery partition on which drive.....I would think it's the C drive. I'm I understanding this correctly?
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25 Jun 2011   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Peter, you will not want Vista again. If you want the space format.
In any event, if you have the upgrade version of Seven, you cannot use Vista and Seven at the same time, legally.
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25 Jun 2011   #4

Windows XP Pro x86, Windows Vista Home Premium x86, Windows 7 Pro x64, Win2k3, Win2k8, Ubuntu
 
 

In my opinion. If you are upgrading to Windows 7 and are never going back to Vista then you won't need the Vista recovery partition. I would recommend creating recovery DVDs for Windows 7 after the upgrade though.
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25 Jun 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I would definitely get rid of the Vista partition and utilize the space for the new, Windows 7 installation.

Having said that, are you using an upgrade version of Windows 7 or the full, retail version?

If it is the former, you may want to keep Vista if you ever want to re-install 7, although if you create a system image of your new installation you can restore your system from that, which makes keeping Vista irrelevent.
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25 Jun 2011   #6

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Hi Blue Peter
you may also want to read this tutorial Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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25 Jun 2011   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

BluePeter,
I would let Windows 7 upgrade do it's thing and get rid of Vista completely. That being said please back up all data and any important settings before hand to another none OS drive and then let 'r rip and don't look back. You'll be loving Windows 7 in short order !
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25 Jun 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Do not, do not, do not perform an "upgrade" over Vista. You will regret it from day one. The ONLY way to go is a clean install.
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25 Jun 2011   #9

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Peter, Im sure after all the time we spent togeher you know to do a clean install. I think I may have given you the tutorial. If not others, here have.
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25 Jun 2011   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

MacGyvr,
OK spill the beans. You speak from personal experience or having read this. I've only clean installed but girlfriend has a laptop with Vista that we'd like to upgrade. Doesn't upgrade mean upgrade or can you trick an upgrade to do a clean install?
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 Upgrading to 7 from Windows Vista.




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