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Windows 7: In-place upgrade?

22 Oct 2009   #1

In-place upgrade?

I am a strong advocate of clean installs. Having said that, I have too many programs that would require reinstallation, so I'm seriously considering an in-place upgrade from Vista Ultimate 32 to Windows 7 Ultimate 32. I was wondering if anyone here has done this upgrade and can provide some inupt regarding how it went and whether or not there are any ensuing problems.

I'd rather not turn this into a discussion on the pros & cons of upgrade vs clean install. Just interested in hearing from folks who have done the upgrade. Thanks much.

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22 Oct 2009   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

I have heard horror stories that the process took hours, that it imported garbage from vista ... in short, it didnt save any time....
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22 Oct 2009   #3


Thanks for the promopt response Tews

Still hope to hear from those who have done it first hand
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23 Oct 2009   #4


Polite bump
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23 Oct 2009   #5

XP, Seven, 2008R2

Just as there have been horror stories, there have been plenty of accounts that it works fine as well.

Personally I would do a clean install. But that's because I don't have issues with quickly reinstalling my favorite apps.
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23 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate

I will be receiving myWindows 7 Ultimate today and will be doing a in place upgrade on my Vista Ultimate after work, both are 64Bit versions, I will give you a heads up tonight after It upgrades....
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23 Oct 2009   #7

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ADG View Post
Polite bump

Polite bump <g>

Im a clean install advocate, but my clients aren't. I have done >20 "upgrades" and have had only minor problems. usually it is a function of how bad the OS was before. If they were having problems before they continued to have them. If not not .

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23 Oct 2009   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

I've done a lot of in-place upgrades, belonging to that minority here of devoted upgraders who believe a well planned and done upgrade is OK.

I yesterday upgraded my wife's Vista to Seven, only problem being the time consumed: over six hours. This diagram shows estimated time needed for a Vista - Seven inplace upgrade:

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With my wife's computer I had not a single problem, after installation everything worked as it should. This computer I'm writing now was upgraded in-place some months ago, Vista Ultimate to RC build 7100 without a single problem and in about one hour I start to upgrade this to Ultimate Retail using this trick.

Before you start, make a full backup of your system. Even I have only positive experiences, an installation can always go wrong. I also recommend in-place upgraders to check they have all the latest drivers before the installation, as well as to check BIOS is up to date.

You have not filled your system specs. Without knowing your hardware setup it is impossible to say where you might find problems. Anyway, upgrade is a good alternative if it is done right and well prepared.


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23 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64

I upgraded from Vista Business 32 to the RC, Windows 7 Ultimate. It took about an hour, and I experienced no issues after other than there wasn't a Canon driver for my printer yet, although the Vista driver worked.

Honestly, I cannot see where these horror stories of taking hours and hours to upgrade are coming from. My machine is modest, Q6600 Quad core, 4 GB DDR 800, twin 500GB HDDs.

Either they are dinosaurs, haven't been updated, I have no idea why it took them so long. I have 13GB music, and at least 100GB family movies if not more, and it only too me an hour.
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23 Oct 2009   #10


Thanks to everyone who has responded so far. And Warriorking - I look forward to your update

BTW, I run a well known support forum similar to this one so I'm technically proficient and will, of course create a couple of images of my system partition before doing ANYTHING. I came here for advice because you guys are more into Windows 7 than we are at this point and I wanted to hear from the experts. I very much appreciate the prompt and intelligent responses - nice first experience here
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