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Windows 7: Installing an upgrade Win 7

08 Apr 2010   #11
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Go ahead and load Windows 7 right on top of your current installation, without formatting or deleting any partitions.

That will save your data to a folder called Windows.old, located in the C directory.

If you don't need your data saved, feel free to format that partition.


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08 Apr 2010   #12
gregrocker

 

You should not need to order another Windows 7 to clean install. You should be able to clean install from the Win7 Upgrade which Dell sent you. Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Try booting from the Upgrade DVD: Boot from CD - How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD - Boot to CD

If it won't boot then try running it from Vista, but choose Custom install as shown in tutorial above.
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08 Apr 2010   #13
loaba

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Go ahead and load Windows 7 right on top of your current installation, without formatting or deleting any partitions.
Dirty! Install, that is.
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09 Apr 2010   #14
bonkers72

Win 7 Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks for the help and info!
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13 Apr 2010   #15
bonkers72

Win 7 Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
McAfee or any of the other big bloated paid AV's are best uninstalled before attempting to Upgrade.

Then when you start your new Win7, download and install free Microsoft Security Essentials which is lightweight, invisible after install, and works in concert with the MS firewall to keep your system secure without the bloat.
I remember I had problems removing McAfee years ago on a Dell pc. Hope that doesn't happen again. Also, Microsoft Security Essentials is all I need for Anti virus? What about Avira free edition? Thanks.
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13 Apr 2010   #16
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Alvira has a much better detection rate than MSE. I'm not certain how well it works on W7 though.

http://www.av-comparatives.org/image...c_report25.pdf
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14 Apr 2010   #17
Duke of Alinor

Win7 32 / 64 and XP 32 / 64 (on various other computers as well)
 
 

A clean install is best.
If you have any UI changes from stock, back them up and use the transfer.
Transfer files and settings from another computer
Back up your data, remove all but the boot drive and keyboard, mouse, monitor. You will save time in the long run.
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14 Apr 2010   #18
gregrocker

 

Transferring settings can import corruption from Vista. Best to go clean all the way.

If you are familar with your files, dragging them to external by folder is best. If not, drag the active User folder(s) over and you get everything, but I'd only copy back contents of each active folder to new folder in Win7.

Since importing settings is a corruption path, Easy Transfer is no better than dragging your files yourself and wastes a lot of space.
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14 Apr 2010   #19
bonkers72

Win 7 Premium 64 Bit
 
 

This is the one I should get right? Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems

And this can go right over Vista coerrect? Thanks.
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14 Apr 2010   #20
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

It's not the one that I would get. The fact that it is System Builders mean that once installed, you can never install it on another machine, and upgrading the machine that you have, may cause it to become invalid.
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