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Windows 7: In-place upgrade using full version?

10 Oct 2009   #1

Vista Home Premium
 
 
In-place upgrade using full version?

I'm new to the forum, so I apologise if this has been asked before. Can Windows 7 Home Premium full version be used to do an in-place upgrade?

I have a new PC with Vista Home Premium that gives me a free upgrade to Windows 7 (but it will still cost 20 euros for p&p). Vista is pre-loaded and the recovery files are on a separate partition on one drive. Worse case scenario is the hard drive dies. I will need the full version of Windows 7 to do a clean install on a new hard drive, but at the moment I would just like to upgrade.

All things considered, I'm thinking of buying the full version while it's half price but need to know if I can use that to just do an upgrade. Is that possible?

Thanks in advance.

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10 Oct 2009   #2

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

Hi and Welcome to SevenForums

Whilst the ability to install fresh from an upgrade disk is doubtful the ability to perform an upgrade from a full Windows 7 disk is well proven.

Check the tutorials section here for various options
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10 Oct 2009   #3

Vista Home Premium
 
 

Wow, that was quick! Thank you soooo much.

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10 Oct 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Ensure that you have the recovery disks for your system. If you can't make them yourself, then order them from the manufacturer.

It'll take longer this way - but will cost a lot less!
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10 Oct 2009   #5

Vista Home Premium
 
 

I have the recovery disk, thanks. Would this include the drivers?

Also, as I have a 640GB hard disk, would it be better to install a fresh copy of Windows 7 on a separate partition instead of upgrading Vista?

Your thoughts would be appreciated.

Cheers.

Gill
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10 Oct 2009   #6

7 RTM
 
 

I run 1 clean install of 32bit 7, 1 clean install of 64bit 7 and 1 upgrade of 64bit 7 from Vista 64 on (3) machines.

I can't tell the difference between any of them as far a normal usage goes.
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11 Oct 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP

 
 

I recommend against upgrades - in most cases they cause more problems than they're worth.

A fresh installation is always better (IMO) - it doesn't import the issues from earlier installations.
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11 Oct 2009   #8

Windows7
 
 

Supposedly the only difference between the upgrade discs and the full is that the upgrade discs need to see the prior genuine installation first.

Beyond that you're supposed to be able to in-place upgrade (from Vista) or fresh install with either.
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11 Oct 2009   #9

Vista Home Premium
 
 

So what's the concensus? Upgrade Vista or install fresh Windows 7 on a new partition and create dual boot?

Gill
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11 Oct 2009   #10

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Damsel View Post
So what's the concensus? Upgrade Vista or install fresh Windows 7 on a new partition and create dual boot?

Gill

Clean win 7. wins every time. you can keep vista till you are sure but then its easy to delete

Ken
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