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Windows 7: My Upgrade

06 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
My Upgrade

I upgraded from Vista. I chose the 2nd option that I thought was a clean install. However after the install I still had all my files and folders on the C: drive. Did I not get a clean install?

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06 Jan 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

NO You have a custom install. You did not format. You can try again. When you get to advanced options (the page that you chose custom) choose advanced and then format. Then it is the same procedure. That is a clean install.
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06 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
NO You have a custom install. You did not format. You can try again. When you get to advanced options (the page that you chose custom) choose advanced and then format. Then it is the same procedure. That is a clean install.
Thanks, will I benefit from that? Also, how important is it to be connected to the internet when installing?
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06 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64
 
 

If you did a custom install, according to Microsoft you have a clean install. The Windows.old folder was put on the new install so you could pull what you might need from it. If you use a disk cleanup, which I do not remember how to use, it will delete the folders and logs for the install.

If you check, you will see the registry is clean, which is a large part of a clean install.
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06 Jan 2010   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
If you did a custom install, according to Microsoft you have a clean install. The Windows.old folder was put on the new install so you could pull what you might need from it. If you use a disk cleanup, which I do not remember how to use, it will delete the folders and logs for the install.

If you check, you will see the registry is clean, which is a large part of a clean install.
Totally agreed, but in this forum the term clean is used to mean formatted.

When you install, you should be connected to the internet. You will get updated drivers, etc.
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06 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
If you did a custom install, according to Microsoft you have a clean install. The Windows.old folder was put on the new install so you could pull what you might need from it. If you use a disk cleanup, which I do not remember how to use, it will delete the folders and logs for the install.

If you check, you will see the registry is clean, which is a large part of a clean install.
I do have the windows.old folder. All my files and folders showed up on the C drive after install, I didn't need to drag anything out. Makes me think I don't have the cleanes,t fastest upgrade as I could have.
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06 Jan 2010   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kordon View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
If you did a custom install, according to Microsoft you have a clean install. The Windows.old folder was put on the new install so you could pull what you might need from it. If you use a disk cleanup, which I do not remember how to use, it will delete the folders and logs for the install.

If you check, you will see the registry is clean, which is a large part of a clean install.
I do have the windows.old folder. All my files and folders showed up on the C drive after install, I didn't need to drag anything out. Makes me think I don't have the cleanes,t fastest upgrade as I could have.
Most members here would disagree they feel that the clean install, with the format is the best. It is subjective, but the people here are very knowledgeable. The final call is up to you. Why not search our tutorials, and forum (use search) so that you can do what is the most advantageous course of action for you.
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06 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kordon View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
If you did a custom install, according to Microsoft you have a clean install. The Windows.old folder was put on the new install so you could pull what you might need from it. If you use a disk cleanup, which I do not remember how to use, it will delete the folders and logs for the install.

If you check, you will see the registry is clean, which is a large part of a clean install.
I do have the windows.old folder. All my files and folders showed up on the C drive after install, I didn't need to drag anything out. Makes me think I don't have the cleanes,t fastest upgrade as I could have.
Most members here would disagree they feel that the clean install, with the format is the best. It is subjective, but the people here are very knowledgeable. The final call is up to you. Why not search our tutorials, and forum (use search) so that you can do what is the most advantageous course of action for you.
I have always felt a format and install was better too. I just missed it when I upgraded. I think I'll redo.
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06 Jan 2010   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Two hints before you start. Read our tutorials, and you can go to youtube to actually see it done. Wish you all the best and enjoy 7. I know I am.
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