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Windows 7: Diff between upgrading from Vista and installing Win7


01 Nov 2009   #1

Windows XP
 
 
Diff between upgrading from Vista and installing Win7

Hi,
When going to Windows 7, I wonder if there is any difference beween upgrading from Win Vista and Installing Windows 7 from scratch. Is the outcome the same? If not, what is the difference? Is it a cleaner installation if one installs it from scratch and not upgrade it on a top of Vista or XP?

What is recommended?

Thanks
Toony


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01 Nov 2009   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

There are always risks of data corruption that may follow your upgrade from Vista to Windows7. While it is not that common, if it happens to you, it ends up not being worth the time saved in reinstalling your programs... The preferred method is a clean install, 10 to 1, if not more...
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01 Nov 2009   #3

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

I agree with Tews, always use the Clean install method. Any problems or issues will not be carried over to the new OS.
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01 Nov 2009   #4

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

With limited computer experience, I went the clean route, it was easy and I experienced no problems. I suggest that you go a clean install. The actual install is faster, with less chance of a corrupted system at completion. Yes, it does take time to reinstall all your programs, but you can do it slowly or when they are needed.
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01 Nov 2009   #5

Windows XP
 
 

Thanks for all the answers. The situation I am faced with is that I will be (in a weeks time) buy a new computer. I live in Sweden and the computer I want to buy has Vista on it but I will be given a Windows 7 upgrading code that I can use to download the upgrade from Microsoft or the manifuctures website. I am hesitant to this approach and want to get a clean Windows 7 computer but then I will have to wait a month or so. What do you think?
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01 Nov 2009   #6

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

As long as you can create a bootable DVD disc, you can choose to format your drive before installing... This will leave you with a squeaky clean install, the same as buying a machine with windows 7 preloaded .... without all the crapware .... Go for it, unless you dont mind waiting..
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01 Nov 2009   #7

Windows XP
 
 

Thanks Tews. I don't want to wait and actually can't wait too longer than a week or so, so I have to a have a new computer now.

I am not sure that I understood your description fully but the way the new computer will work is the first time I start it it will ask me to choose the language of Vista (as I can choose among scandanavian languages and english) and once I have chosen the language it will install Vista. Once that is done, I can upgrade to Win 7 using the Windows 7 code I will be given. Off course I will get a bootable Vista DVD disk so if I want to re-install in the future I need to use the Vista disk first and then upgrade to Win 7. Do you still think it is still the same as a clean Win 7?

Thanks
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01 Nov 2009   #8

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

No...what you are describing is an in place upgrade...a clean install is exactly that ... a format of your vista partition and a new install of Windows 7... are they offering you a full version or just an upgrade?
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01 Nov 2009   #9

Windows XP
 
 

As I undersrand it they are offering me an upgrade to Windows 7 from Vista and not a full Windows 7 version. How do you understand it from my description?
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01 Nov 2009   #10

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Read Brinks tutorial on performing a clean install -=> Here
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