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Windows 7: Installing W7 Retail

16 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
Installing W7 Retail

Hi guys, I just bought the W7 retail version through my university bookstore and have a quick question before I install.

My laptop came with Vista installed and I partitioned it several months ago to install the RC (64 bit) on the 2nd partition and it worked fine. Now I want to install the retail version over my Vista partition since it has way more hard drive allocated to it than the parition I used to install the RC on. Do I have anything to worry about since this was the original OS that came on my system? I plan to upgrade Vista to W7 as opposed to the clean install which I did for the RC. Do I need to back my files up for this? Because my external broke and I don't want to go buy a new one if I don't have to. Will all of my files and programs remain in tact after upgrading the Vista partition to W7? I didn't have any troubles when the RC installed so I just wanted to make sure its safe to assume this will work just as well and that I shouldn't have to worry about it not working for whatever reason. Advice would be greatly appreciated! Can't wait to finally have the real thing set up!


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16 Sep 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Best thing to do is:

1. back up any personal files you want to keep from both partitions
2. Boot to windows 7 dvd
3. When it asks which partition you want to install it on delete both partitions.
4. Select the unallocated space (dont create a new partition) and click next, windows will format and install on the new single partition.

warning   Warning
Deleting partitions will destroy any data you have
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16 Sep 2009   #3

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

I didn't think that Windows 7 was available for retail sale before October 22??
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16 Sep 2009   #4

XP, Seven, 2008R2

Interesting. What is the retail version colleges are offering (is it Ultimate) and how much was it (if you don't mind me asking)?
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16 Sep 2009   #5

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1

yaco78, what swarfega described is a clean install and recommenced.
You can also do an upgrade install and it will install over your vista on C and keep most of your programs (maybe).
You could be importing any problems you had with vista but it may be worth a shot. You can always do a clean install if it doesn't work.
What ever you do make a full backup first.

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16 Sep 2009   #6

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu

Only change I would recommend to the method stated is to create at least two partitions - one for the OS, (60GB should do), and the rest of the drive for data - that way a future OS re-install does not overly effect the data
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16 Sep 2009   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

fair point barman
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16 Sep 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate

It's Ultimate offered for $20. Not a bad deal but like I said I'd really prefer not to do the clean install since I don't want to buy a hard drive to back all my stuff up on. So basically my question would be, does installing it as an upgrade on Vista rather than a clean install keep all of my files and programs? I will back up my important files on an 8gb flash drive either way, but like I said I really don't want to shell out more money for this if I can keep my files. Thanks again!
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16 Sep 2009   #9

XP, Seven, 2008R2

Wow $20 is a great deal considering it will sell for around $300

yes, if you do the upgrade all of your current files and programs will be left intact.
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16 Sep 2009   #10

Win 8 Release candidate 8400


Yes you can do an upgrade, and 99.99% of the time you will have your settings and files intact. If the data is worth backing up you should just is case.
Its not recommended by MS, and most of us but I understand real world considerations

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