Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Post W7 Upgrade to-do's

19 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Home Ultimate 64-Bit, Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, Windows XP
Post W7 Upgrade to-do's

Hi Folks,

First off, I just migrated over to W7 Forums from Vistax64 and am excited.

I'm currently running Vista Home Premium 64-Bit on a Pentium i7 with 6gigs of Ram and a pretty hardcore video card. Plus, the computer is only 4 months old and i am a pretty tidy user with very little on the drive.

SO: I've elected to upgrade instead of clean install. Now, I'm not looking for any responses explaining to me why I'm an idiot for upgrading instead of doing a clean install because I'm not. I am aware of the drawbacks and I'm ok with them, though they form the backdrop to my question in this post.

There have been a lot of posts about why you should go for a clean install. I hope this post about upgrading gets some intelligent attention, too.

Here's my question: what steps can I (and other upgrading users) take post-upgrade to minimize the "dust" from my (our) old vista OS? For example, a good registry cleaning seems like a good place to start. But what else?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Oct 2009   #2

Win 7 Ultimate x64 & x86

I think a good precaution before you upgrade would be first to uninstall any programs you never are hardly ever use. I would then thoroughly go through the registry & HDD to make sure any remnants are gone.

Another thing I would advise is to make sure you have all of your Product ID's just in case something goes wrong and after the upgrade you can not launch the product and you must reinstall. It would really stink to find out you can't locate your MS Office ID.

Another thing I would advise before the upgrade is to ensure you BACKUP all of your data. I would do this through the File and Transfer Settings Wizard, and/or backing up all my data files to an external HDD or DVD.

As far as after the upgrade, not sure. I guess I would do the reg clean that you mention, but I think a good cleaning would be prudent before the upgrade to prevent any issues. I would also visit all of the device manufactures websites and get the latest drivers (especially with regards to video and sound).

Good question though!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Oct 2009   #3

Windows Vista Business / Windows 7 Ultimate

a good backup would be best. A good defrag might save you some time and risk of data corruption during the upgrade process, but really isnt required. If you were using Vista then you likely had scheduled defrags turned on anyway.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

19 Oct 2009   #4


Also, unplug from the internet and uninstall your antivirus software. but first, make sure its compatible with win7. Then do the upgrade, and reinstall the antivirus before hooking back up to the net.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Oct 2009   #5

Win 7 Ultimate x64 & x86

I'm not sure I would unhook from the internet. At one point in the install process it pings the internet for updates, and it's best to get them then.

One other thing I forgot to mention. Make sure when you do your upgrade, you boot from the upgrade DVD. It's never a good idea to load from within windows. To many critters hiding in memory that can foul things up.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Oct 2009   #6


If you mean you bought the Upgrade disk, then by all means try the upgrade choice from Vista. But be aware you also later have the option to do a clean install from that same upgrade disk, either overwriting your Vista, or to another paritiion or HDD. It's there if you need it, so you might want to save an image of your Vista, athough it only needs to be installed and activated (nothing else) to launch a Custom install.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Post W7 Upgrade to-do's

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
How to recover Win7 Pro upgrade from Win7 Home Premium post HDD crash
Greetings - This is my first time here and am very thankful for this great collection of forums and this community. I am trying to recover from a VAIO laptop HDD crash to Win7 Professional upgrade. I had finished working, shutdown Win7 Pro. cleanly. Drove home, attempted to launch Windows...
General Discussion
Post upgrade: Win7 Home premium, Extreme speed issues.
Alright: I'll divide this into sections and explain everything I've been dealing with and done in the last few days. To be blunt, I'm out of ideas and I need help. Section 1: pre upgrade Pc stats: Intel DBX38BT motherboard Intel core 2 quad Q9300 processor Nvidia 9800 gt 4gb of OCZ...
Performance & Maintenance
post upgrade problems with windows 7
I had no problems with the first two computers that I upgraded from Vista to Windows 7, both were 64bit systems. I'm having post upgrade problems from vista to windows 7 with my 32 bit machine (Sony Vaio VGN-NR430E). THe machine did fine with the compability check for Windows 7. Problems: ...
General Discussion
Downloaded Upgrade - Post-install
Hello all. Have to say this is a great place with a lot of useful information. Just 1 minor question. I had no trouble installing my downloaded student upgrade. I was just wondering if I could delete the extracted "expandedSetup" folder now or whether it serves some important purpose? ...
Installation & Setup
Questions about post W7 upgrade
Hi all once again. On my laptop i have a limited amount of HD space i currently have 37 gb free of a 160 gb drive. After i upgrade to W7 is there any way i can delete my old vista files? and if so where would they be located and is it safe to delete them?
Installation & Setup
Another No HDMI Sound post RC7 upgrade - Dell XPS
Ok.. I have seen it brought up here a couple times but my situation still seems a bit different. I also have no sound coming from my Hdmi out after upgrading to RC 7. I have a Dell XPS 1330 notebook. Audio is Nvidia HD Audio and IDT HD audio codec, both have latest drivers. When i open...
Sound & Audio

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 22:23.

Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App