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Windows 7: The Windows 7 upgrade survival guide


15 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 
The Windows 7 upgrade survival guide

The official release is getting nearer. I does not hurt to read tips on your plan of attack. Some are mentioned in this article by Ed Bott


Want to make the Windows 7 upgrade experience as short and painless as possible? Follow these seven suggestions to make the process easier. (For details on what to expect, see How long should a Windows 7 upgrade really take?)
1. Run setup from a flash drive or a USB hard drive. Compared to slow DVDs, you can easily shave 5-10 minutes off install times. For upgrades, you can simply copy the files to the external media; if you plan to do a clean install, you’ll need to make sure the media is bootable.
2. Move massive data collections off your system drive before you start. Copy your big digital media collection to an external hard drive and then delete the original files from your user folders before you run the upgrade. You can copy them back after setup is complete.
3. Check for compatibility problems before you start. The Windows Upgrade Advisor runs at the beginning of the setup process and will identify any programs or devices that have compatibility issues. Resolve those issues before upgrading. (A standalone version of the Upgrade Advisor is available from Microsoft if you want to check a system before starting an upgrade.)

more here The Windows 7 upgrade survival guide | Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report | ZDNet.com

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15 Sep 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I would argue/add that #2 should be done all the time anyway. That's what data drives are for (unless this is a single drive laptop). Even if you simply must have your data stored on your system volume, it should be backed up and removed before installing a new OS anyway.
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15 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Yes you are right Deacon, Myself I am storage space poor right now but do have some backups in place on my WHS. I need one of those Trillibryte e-sata externals thats for sure. I remember once being told by a Best Buy salesman " Don't worry you will never fill up this 1gb hard drive" He was right I did not fill it up I replaced it!
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15 Sep 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I remember upgrading my first PC from a 1 GB to a 4.3 GB Maxtor drive, thinking I had a canyon of storage space to work with!
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15 Sep 2009   #5

Windows 7 Professional X64 Build 7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)
 
 

I am not trying to be a spoil sport here, but it is recommended to do a clean install of Windows 7 versus the upgrade path. Even MS recommended this method.
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