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Windows 7: Upgrading to 7 from Windows Vista.

25 Jun 2011   #11
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

You can and should do a clean install with the upgrade DVD.
Its like an old car that you go for a detail. It looks great, but the old car is still there.
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version[2]=General Tips


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25 Jun 2011   #12
linnemeyerhere

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Nevermind I found the article and suggest we both read !
Doing a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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25 Jun 2011   #13
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Nevermind I found the article and suggest we both read !
Doing a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
Upgrades ALWAYS leave garbage behind that results in a slow system at best and corruption issues at worst. It's been that way since Windows 3.1...don't know why Microsoft even still ATTEMPTS to do an upgrade.
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25 Jun 2011   #14
BluePeter

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
Do not, do not, do not perform an "upgrade" over Vista. You will regret it from day one. The ONLY way to go is a clean install.
My Heavens, what conflicting advice I am getting. The consensus seems to be for upgrade and this is the set I have gone out and purchased. So this is what it will have to be.
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25 Jun 2011   #15
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

You did the right thing. Follow Brinks tutorial to do a clean instlall with the cheaper upgrade DVD. Thats what I advised.
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25 Jun 2011   #16
gregrocker

 

There's some confusion here about Upgrades.

You're given the chance to Upgrade from XP or Vista to get a price break.

You can run the Disk from Vista to change to Win7 while keeping your files and programs in place.

However XP must be clean installed, and Vista can be as well if that's your preference.

Most of us here recommend a clean install rather than in-place Upgrade which can transfer corruption via settings, just as can importing your files to a clean install using Windows Easy Transfer if you allow it to include hidden Appdata settings folders.

So yes, you qualify for an Upgrade version if you have XP or Vista. But you can clean install it if you want.

The way Upgrade works is when you run or boot it, it sees the qualifying OS on the HD and passes a flag that allows Upgrade version key to be inserted - even if you go on to Custom clean install, Delete all partitions, Create and Format New ones.

For this reason if you wipe the HD or start with a blank HD, you'll need to leave the Product Key blank during install, then afterwards do one of the workarounds given here to activate Upgrade version: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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