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Windows 7: Will I be able to UPGRADE from the RC to the Final?

24 Apr 2009   #1
crazydog

Vista x64
 
 
Will I be able to UPGRADE from the RC to the Final?

I'm currently running Vista x64, and was considering upgrading to the Windows 7 RC.

The only thing that's stopping me is this: Will I be able to upgrade from the RC to a full version of Windows 7, or will I have to do a fresh install?


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24 Apr 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10122
 
 

Hello Crazydog, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sorry, but you will most likely need to do a clean install when going fromt the RC to the full RTM version. You might consider dual booting with Vista and Windows 7 for now though to get familiar with Windows 7 without losing what you have in Vista.

Hope this helps some,
Shawn
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24 Apr 2009   #3
Chappy

Vista Ult 64bit - Windows 7 Ult 7264 64bit
 
 

Yes, prolly have to do a clean install, but hey...that has it's good side too!

As with MS Beta's when they start Escrow & RC branch, they eliminate the ability to do upgrade installs. I upgraded 2 builds and I wanted to try with 7077 but the upgrade was denied since it is Escrow branch.

Like Brink, I think you should try a dual boot and see what you think. I've had Vista in dual for 6 months now and I think I've booted it twice and actually almost ready to get rid of it and reclaim that space.

Good Luck!
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24 Apr 2009   #4
abuttino

Windows 7 RTM x86/x64
 
 

Haven't you people read that you should NEVER do an upgrade? This is getting beyond ridiculous.
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24 Apr 2009   #5
bearhawk

Windows 7 Profesional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600) RTM - TechNet
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by abuttino View Post
Haven't you people read that you should NEVER do an upgrade? This is getting beyond ridiculous.
Actually ms is requesting that we do an upgrade from vista to rc.

"never" is such a strong word. you can use "not recommended" but not never. Many of us have upgraded successfully from many beta builds.
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24 Apr 2009   #6
ikilledkenny

Windows 7 Professional, Windows Longhorn 4074
 
 

When the final release of Windows 7 comes out, if you purchase an "upgrade" version instead of a full, fresh install, then I suppose you would be able to upgrade.
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24 Apr 2009   #7
Chappy

Vista Ult 64bit - Windows 7 Ult 7264 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by abuttino View Post
Haven't you people read that you should NEVER do an upgrade? This is getting beyond ridiculous.
Excuse me??

There are times when upgrade install are NOT recommended but doing an upgrade install is not the end of the world my friend.
Upgrading was buggy back in the early XP days and that's when all this "Don't Upgrade" stuff started, but the process is well refined now and many...many of us have had exactly Zero problems with upgrade installs. Basically all an upgrade will do is rewrite the system files and registry (if needed) and change some resources and dynamic links, all which are backed up in case of a problem.

I've upgrade installed on Vista and three builds of W7 and while the Vista upgrade was not without an odd issue, the W7 build upgrades have been problem free, so let's not perpetuate this old statement anymore.

We test these things in beta builds, that's what it's used for by those of us who actually use it for more than a Free OS, and the upgrade process in W7 has so far been very reliable.
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24 Apr 2009   #8
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

I wouldn't upgrade from a beta to a RTM just because there may still be issues from the beta; just extra cautious about that.
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25 Apr 2009   #9
Ronaldo

windows 7
 
 

Hi guys i'm using 7068 on my netbook and i want to upgrade to RC will this keep my applications installed like office 2007, photoshop etc?

Its not my main computer (which is vista)

Can i just use the dvd and select upgrade?

is the leaked RC same build as 5th of may one?

Thanks
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25 Apr 2009   #10
ikilledkenny

Windows 7 Professional, Windows Longhorn 4074
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ronaldo View Post
Hi guys i'm using 7068 on my netbook and i want to upgrade to RC will this keep my applications installed like office 2007, photoshop etc?

Its not my main computer (which is vista)

Can i just use the dvd and select upgrade?

is the leaked RC same build as 5th of may one?

Thanks
From the looks of the setup, it has to be. But I would just wait until MS puts the RC on their website. I think office is expensive and important (as well as photoshop), and I wouldn't want to risk losing them.
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