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Windows 7: Upgrade Routes

12 Nov 2009   #1

Vista Premium SP1 64Bit
 
 
Upgrade Routes

Hi everyone!

Just a little one really... I've got a 3 month old from DELL, the 'FREE' upgrade is on the way, but I have a copy of Windows 7 from MSDNAA, but when I installed it there was almost zero support for my drivers... DELL has promised a resource CD that will contain the necessary drivers, but I'm pretty sure that my after market adapter (NETGEAR WNDA3100) will not be supported.. which leaves me up the creek if a) I dont have any drivers shipped, b) they are out of date...

So... I'm thinking partition my HDD and do a clean install in the new partition to test.

but then, should I reformat the whole HDD and perform a clean install, or just upgrade on the original partition?
or... can I just transfer from the old to the new and remove the Vista partition and expand the Windows 7 one?
Is this ok? I know everyone says its always better to do a clean install, but it seems easier to just upgrade... and i've just finished installing my favourite apps etc...


Any thoughts??


Sorry for the ramblings! First post!!!


Thanks in advance!


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12 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richhemmings View Post
Hi everyone!

Just a little one really... I've got a 3 month old from DELL, the 'FREE' upgrade is on the way, but I have a copy of Windows 7 from MSDNAA, but when I installed it there was almost zero support for my drivers... DELL has promised a resource CD that will contain the necessary drivers, but I'm pretty sure that my after market adapter (NETGEAR WNDA3100) will not be supported.. which leaves me up the creek if a) I dont have any drivers shipped, b) they are out of date...

So... I'm thinking partition my HDD and do a clean install in the new partition to test.

but then, should I reformat the whole HDD and perform a clean install, or just upgrade on the original partition?
or... can I just transfer from the old to the new and remove the Vista partition and expand the Windows 7 one?
Is this ok? I know everyone says its always better to do a clean install, but it seems easier to just upgrade... and i've just finished installing my favourite apps etc...


Any thoughts??


Sorry for the ramblings! First post!!!


Thanks in advance!
What model is the Dell?
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12 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Hi there, I'd recommend you to do a clean install. You can find drivers from support.dell.com and from intel.com
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12 Nov 2009   #4

Vista Premium SP1 64Bit
 
 

Studio 540MT
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12 Nov 2009   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richhemmings View Post
Hi everyone!

Is this ok? I know everyone says its always better to do a clean install, but it seems easier to just upgrade... and i've just finished installing my favourite apps etc...


Any thoughts??


Sorry for the ramblings! First post!!!


Thanks in advance!
As you use your operating system, small problems arise; corruption, etc. If you upgrade you keep these problems. Second, you said that you have a lot of appls. Do you really think the people at MS, configured for every possible upgrade scenrio?
I did a clean install. My advice to you, bite the bullet take the time to do it right. When you have everything installed, are activated, and happy. Make a system image. Any future problems just reinstall the image, make any changes that you did since the image was taken ( keep notes of changes) and you will be very happy with your surfing and other activities.
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12 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Here are the drivers : Drivers & Downloads
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12 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Avast View Post
That was exactly the meaning for my first post...

Thanks for the quicker followup
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13 Nov 2009   #8

Vista Premium SP1 64Bit
 
 

Thanks all... Me thinks I'll install to a new partition to start with, just to make sure my w/less will work... then at least I have online support if I need for any other apps/drivers.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to the default disk partition 'RECOVERY' on OTS boxes?
Bin this when I upgrade?
It's only 14Gb / 1Tb and I don't think it has any bearing on the other partition until you go to restore to how it came out of the factory.
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20 Nov 2009   #9

Vista Premium SP1 64Bit
 
 

All,
is it possible / a good idea to install Windows 7 on a new partition.. copy all files from the old, then delete the old partition, extending the new to cover al lthe disk?
is this as clean as a 100% disk wipe? the new partition was cleanly formatted prior to installing Windows 7.

Rich
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20 Nov 2009   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

I Have never done that, but it will be clean. All that remains is that you must enjoy.
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