Quick question for the experts - I really like Windows 7 now after using it for about 4 months.
I have Home Premium running 64-bit. I want to upgrade to Ultimate 64-bit. I have a fairly
new Toshiba L655 laptop that has served me well except for battery life.... and an occasional
hard disk warning about no boot media found..... generally I can reboot by forcing a power off,
waiting a little while and restarting start into Windows without any further warnings or errors.
I had the standard Toshiba / Best Buy bloatware that was "pre-loaded" into my laptop when I
bought it. I went to great pains to remove all of this bloatware (no more Best Buy app that was
buried deep inside the registry - almost like a root kit)....
I have had some occasional hard disk warnings or failures and the occasional reboot media failure
from the hard drive. These are rare however and right now I have run for several weeks without
any errors or warnings whatsoever.
My basic question concerns performance. I am sure that upgrading with a "clean" install will end
up "cleaner" by removing extraneous junk pointers, data files, and other trash that may have been
left from the original factory home premimum 64 install. My question comes down to performance -
is there a performance (hard disk or cpu) gain to be found by performing a "clean" install. I am
strongly tempted to go the "clean" install routine - but wanted some extra motivation from perhaps
a performance edge between an in-place upgrade (which I have lots of experience from the XP world) -
or doing a "clean" installation. I am of the minimalist philosophy and I surely won't be reinstalling the
Toshiba crapware and gobs of programs that they throw into start-up to "help you" either - no thanks.
My machine works just fine without that - and if I want the latest drivers
- I will simply log into the
Toshiba site (or elsewhere) to get it. I do have all of the latest drivers. I do also partition my hard drive for performance by adding a D: for Temp files, an E: for most of my program installations, and an F: for my data type files. I also have setup properly the temp variables, cache forced to be fixed on the D: drive, etc. So I know of these tricks already and they still work well.
So what to the experts say? Does a "clean" install perform any faster (on average) than an upgrade
installation? I would think so because the OS doesn't have trash files in the way (at least in the OS partition) slowing down basic I/O operations. Any other thoughts on this topic? It would be interesting to see if anyone has ever done a good comparison test using benchmark software to compare a "clean" vs "in-place upgrade" of Windows 7 - and I'm interested in Ultimate 7.
BTW - I will be swapping out my hard disk for an SSD sometime after the Ultimate 7 upgrade.
Thanks in advance..........
R / - John