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Windows 7: XP to Win7. Upgrade to Vista 1st??

06 Oct 2009   #1

XP to Win7. Upgrade to Vista 1st??

I have an unused Vista upgrade that came with my purchase of a Dell XPS laptop running XP MCE 2005. Rather than having to backup files and then reinstall apps for a clean install of 7, would it make sense to run the Vista upgrade, deal with the Vista driver issues then, and be able to do an upgrade to 7?

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06 Oct 2009   #2

XP, Seven, 2008R2

I think it could work. I personally would do a clean install if possible but that's just me.
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06 Oct 2009   #3

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

SS is right as usual. Ms and most of us recommend a clean install to make your system the most efficient it will be and remove any remnants of the former OS

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06 Oct 2009   #4

Windows Vista Home Premium -> Windows 7 Home Premium


That is what I did on my main computer that has a billion apps (give or take a billion). The Vista Home Premium upgrade worked great, although it took hours to finish. Most devices worked after the upgrade, and I only had to sort out a few driver/app issues. The best part is that most of my apps got brought along without pain and sorrow. Now, I am looking forward to upgrading to 7 in a few weeks (or less).

On my other 3 computers, I will do the "easy transfer" and clean install thing, which I think may not be as "easy" as it sounds.
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