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Windows 7: Full or upgrade??

04 Jan 2010   #1

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Full or upgrade??

Hi, I'm new.

And I wanted to ask, I'm planning on upgrading to windows 7 wednesday and my current laptop already have XP installed as the default operating system. So when I upgrade to windows 7, will I need to purchase the full version or just the upgrade version?

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04 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 8 Core X64

Upgrade from XP is supported, but you will need to do a Custom (Clean with format) install.
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04 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Premium

Thanks for answering
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05 Jan 2010   #4

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc

The best way to do the upgrade is

. When you reactivate, do not give your number and uncheck the box asking for an automatic activation. Once activated, use the compter, install your programs, enjoy for up to 30 days. When you are certain and everything is to your liking, activate then. You will activate with a touch tone phone, if initially it does not work. If there are further problems, you will be elevated to a person, who will validate your number and you will be all set. Now the most important part, follow Tews inst and make that system image. Put is on a separate hard drive and update once a month or so. Now regaradeless of any problems you may have; you will not have to validate or install your programs again. You can just use the image to reinstall. Go and enjoy
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05 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

just hunt down all the drivers you can from the PCs manufacterer for Windows 7 (32 or 64bit) and burn them to a disc just to be safe.

Chipset/LAN/Video etc ..

Dont forget to save any important things you want to keep to a disc as well

Then just grab the Windows 7 upgrade, delete all from the HD, do a clean install (following richc46's instructions) and enjoy
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05 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Premium

I also have another question, my laptop is a Toshiba and when I purchased it, I recieved a system recovery CD with it, can that still be used if I need to or won't it no longer work and will I need a different system recovery CD?
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05 Jan 2010   #7

7 Ultimate x64, Vista Ultimate x64, 7 Pro x64, XP Pro x86, Linux Mint Nadia Cinnamon

It depends...if you bought the computer fairly recently (1-2 years), then your recovery CD may very well be for Windows Vista - I know a friend of mine had that happen.
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05 Jan 2010   #8

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc

When you are up and running make a system image. There is an option to also make a boot disc. That is all you will need. Before you start you can use the free paragon software to make a back up. You will be ok. You do not need the DVD that came with the computer.

Many here use Paragon and its free.
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05 Jan 2010   #9
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You can use those Vista factory recovery disks if you ever decide to sell the PC and keep your Windows 7 retail copy for another machine.

Since you have the recov disks, you can delete the Recov partition if it is there. Boot from the Windows 7 DVD, select Custom install, use Drive Options to delete all, create new partition(s) as you wish, then format before installing Windows 7 to first partition after 100mb boot partition it will offer.

The installer is mostly driver-complete, more will arrive via Windows Updates. Any drivers then missing in Device Manager can be found if you back up now your Vista windows/system32/drivers folder to browse to later from the the device missing it's driver in Device Manager.
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