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Windows 7: Went from Vista 32bit to Windows 7 32bit.

30 Aug 2011   #11
widener

Win7-64 Home Premium
 
 

I also went from vista 32 to win7-64. one of the things that I found out was the easiest way to upgrade was:
  1. Backup all files I want to save
  2. made sure I had all installs and keys for all programs I wanted to re-install but also made sure they were win7 compatable and if not look for an update if available.
  3. downloaded all updated drivers to a cd for my hardware(64bit versions) to save time in trying to get the drivers after installing win7-64bit
  4. install win7(upgrade requires it be started from within previous version but will do a clean install once it begins to install)
  5. install your updated drivers from the cd
  6. go online with windows update and get the latest updates
  7. there ya go simple and easy



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30 Aug 2011   #12
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

There is no upgrade path from 32-bit to 64-bit, it has to be a clean install from scratch.
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30 Aug 2011   #13
gregrocker

 

This is not XP. Win7 is driver complete in the installer with newer quickly updated via optional Windows Updates.

You only need to import Drivers missing in Device manager, from the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer or device.

I would not change out any drivers given by installer or optional Updates unless performance problems point to a specific driver. We can help you determine that.

Tips for getting a perfect reinstall based on hundreds done here: Reinstalling Windows 7
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30 Aug 2011   #14
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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30 Aug 2011   #15
widener

Win7-64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
This is not XP. Win7 is driver complete in the installer with newer quickly updated via optional Windows Updates.

You only need to import Drivers missing in Device manager, from the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer or device.

I would not change out any drivers given by installer or optional Updates unless performance problems point to a specific driver. We can help you determine that.

Tips for getting a perfect reinstall based on hundreds done here: Reinstalling Windows 7
That is all fine and dandy if it has your driver for your nic card. I have 5 computers and have upgraded them all to win7 and it only had drivers for my nic card on 3 of them.
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30 Aug 2011   #16
gregrocker

 

This has improved with Win7 SP1 installers. I also had to provide LAN driver on many installs pre-SP1 but now don't need to as much.

Just in case put LAN driver on stick/CD so you can get online quickly to update the drivers.
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