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Windows 7: Windows 7? Don't Upgrade, Buy A New PC

16 Oct 2009   #1
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Windows 7? Don't Upgrade, Buy A New PC

David Coursey
Friday, October 16, 2009 6:48 AM PDT

Windows 7? Don't Upgrade, Buy A New PC

Here is the very best advice for Windows XP users considering an upgrade to Windows 7: Don't do it.
Windows 7's biggest failing is that upgrading from XP requires reinstalling applications and moving personal data around. And who looks forward to doing that?

There are good technical reasons why Microsoft chose this path. However, for average XP users and many businesses, such a difficult upgrade makes Windows 7 a non-starter. Users that are more proficient will make the upgrade at their own peril, just make sure you have application install disks handy.
Yes, you can upgrade from XP to Windows 7, but is it really worth it?


Just buy an inexpensive new Win7 machine instead. Hardware has improved a great deal since many of our XP machines were purchased. Money for a Windows 7 upgrade is better spent on a new computer that comes with it preinstalled. In terms of time, trouble, and a happy user experience, this is the best way to get Windows 7.

This course may, however, require purchase of new applications. That needs to be factored in and may suggest that doing nothing right now is the prudent approach. Given a choice between upgrading Microsoft Office and upgrading to Windows 7, I would choose Office.

(If you still want to upgrade from XP to Windows 7, here is our "how-to" guide. But, don't write later saying you hadn't been warned).
More at: Windows 7? Don't Upgrade, Buy A New PC - Business Center - PC World

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16 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Wouldn't having to clean install, and having to buy a new PC amount to the same thing?
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16 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

I dont like the idea of upgrading to a newer OS. A fresh clean install makes me feel good inside. To me that means less mistakes, and cleans out all the clutter and garbage from your previous OS state.
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16 Oct 2009   #4
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

The obvious conclusion I came to when getting a 95 upgrade disk to move up from 3.1 was a clean install at the time then. When 98 came along a nice clean fresh install with a full version disk was the next step! Later XP had a home on a totally separate drive at first for that one to be later followed by Vista.

Presently two separate HDs here were wiped clean in preparation for 7! 7 will obviously be a clean installation on one while some virtualization projects will likely end up on the other. But 7 retail will have it's own clean start just the same!
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17 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

sounds like a sales pitch to buy computers to me.
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17 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional, Windows XP

Im planing to buy a lappy next month, Im thinking of the free upgrade offer to get to 7. But meanwhile, iv got a 7 pro license that i can use for the lap, but if i do a clean install of pro, how can i install the software that came pre installed with Vista.

can someone give me an idea about this.

P.S : Im planing to get a Compaq CQ60-404CA
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17 Oct 2009   #7
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

You'll lose out on the preinstalled softwares if you perform a clean install rather then an upgrade. A clean install or custom install will simply pack everything up from the Vista installation into the Windows.old folder. Then you would need to buy each program separately.

The one thing the article misses there is taking into consideration how old your present system is when advising buying a totally new one. That tries to point out your present system is outdated while you might have only recent bought or built a new one for Vista. Plus it fails to take into consideration those on a tight budget like stucdents for one example where the cost of a new one is out of reach while in school and not out working.
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17 Oct 2009   #8


I do think it makes sense for some to indeed look at new computers right now.

Someone sitting on an 8-year-old XP computer and upgrading to Windows 7 should probably save that $100 (give or take) and put it to a new "low end" computer that includes Windows 7.

The new computer might be a little absurd for students who can make do with the $30 deal though.

The big mistake would be to pay to upgrade to 7 then decide in 3 months to toss the computer and get a new one....
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17 Oct 2009   #9

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64

Another thing to think about ..
If the computer does not have the software installed that it came with ...
the warranty may be void.
And support may be a problem because it no longer has the OEM support tools.

HP was going to rebate the Vista install in my newest computer because they couldn't get it to work.
But they warned me that my warranty was void if I upgraded it back to XP

So, I kept vista to make them happy .. and installed XP to make me happy.

I've been watching the HP Site .. To see when they upgrade their models to W7
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17 Oct 2009   #10
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

Well like I saying before you're still going to be seeing new machines in stores with Vista on them for awhile yet since 7 will be just be coming out. As far as buying a new machine with 7 on it once available that would be for an outdated XP system that's been around for over 3yrs. now simply to play catch hardware wise.

I have a friend who will be ordering a new machine for his oldest kid in late January early Feb. where he will insist on the latest OS(7 being the case) being on it! But he also knows that for Vista or 7 he will be forced to upgrade out of his present XP build for his own upgrade.
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