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Windows 7: Do not do upgrades!

24 Apr 2009   #1

Windows 7 RTM x86/x64
 
 
Do not do upgrades!

There are countless reasons not to do an upgrade from a beta OS to a beta OS but people seem to think it's still ok.

I can't stress how bad upgrading these beta versions is. Stop doing it, or risk losing or corrupting our data.

Don't believe me, just ask "cw-kid" over at "thegreenbutton" having all his mp3's corrupted.

It probably didn't end there.

Just get a backup program like Acronis and do an image of your HD then restore from that.

Just for the record, I did a full restore in less than 2 hours. Most of that was just moving things back onto the HD from the image.

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24 Apr 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Yup I was bitten while upgrading from 7022 to 7048. Its best as you say to clean install. With Windows 7, so far installation has been pretty quick.

If you backup your c:\users\<account>\appdata folder to another partition or hd then you have all your program settings saved and you can just copy them back after install.
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24 Apr 2009   #3

Windows 7 RTM x86/x64
 
 

As well as "ProgramData"
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24 Apr 2009   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

yeah, good point, in some cases a few programs store their data in there. Ive no idea what criteria windows uses to choose which folder.
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24 Apr 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Basically those programs which are not installed for a particular user should use the ProgramData , but a lot of apps just stare to the AppData of each user - that's the way I understand it.


Back on topic
And now off to see if I can keep the run going on this machine and do another successful upgrade - I know it may go wrong but all previous have been fine, will then do fresh install tomorrow
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24 Apr 2009   #6

Windows 7 x64 7229
 
 

From what I've seen so far, the corrupted music is a whole different story. It has to do with DRM, as some of my music didn't work on this comp, yet worked on my Fuze and on an XP comp.
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24 Apr 2009   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Basically those programs which are not installed for a particular user should use the ProgramData , but a lot of apps just stare to the AppData of each user - that's the way I understand it.


Back on topic
And now off to see if I can keep the run going on this machine and do another successful upgrade - I know it may go wrong but all previous have been fine, will then do fresh install tomorrow
yeah that makes sense
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24 Apr 2009   #8

Windows 7 64-bit (7127) & Mac OS X 10.5.7
 
 

How anyone justifies doing an upgrade over a clean install is beyond me.
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24 Apr 2009   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I guess they think its easier, when in actuallity it isnt. It causes all sorts of problems after install. This has been the way of things ever since win98.
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24 Apr 2009   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Since this thread is about upgrading, this is a "newbie" question but here it goes....

Are we going to see new builds of the RC (besides maybe RC2) before the RTM? or is this it? Just wondering if I should "settle in" to the RC until the RTM comes out and I can buy it. Thanks in advance.
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