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Windows 7: Help with Windows 7 please

11 Jan 2009   #1
I love sky

Vista Home Basic
 
 
Help with Windows 7 please

Hi all

Please be nice to me as ive just joined this great site and would like to know a couple of things about Windows 7 before i download it from windows.

I have Vista home basic on my laptop so will it work with that?

Also i see on the windows 7 website that we can only use it till Aug 1st 2009 so what will happen after that date??

Will I have to buy the Retail disk after 1st aug for my laptop to work??

Is it any better then the Vista home basic that i have??

Any help please as im new to vista as well.


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11 Jan 2009   #2
I2aMpAnT

Microsoft Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by I love sky View Post
Hi all

Please be nice to me as ive just joined this great site and would like to know a couple of things about Windows 7 before i download it from windows.

I have Vista home basic on my laptop so will it work with that?

Also i see on the windows 7 website that we can only use it till Aug 1st 2009 so what will happen after that date??

Will I have to buy the Retail disk after 1st aug for my laptop to work??

Is it any better then the Vista home basic that i have??

Any help please as im new to vista as well.
First off it's still a beta, so there's no way to tell whether or not it will work or not work on your hardware specs. If you can dual boot that would be best but if not you're taking a great chance not having a 100% working computer until August 1st unless you reinstall Vista.

After August 7 they may have a closed Beta but for users of this Beta your OS will stop at the Windows Startup Screen Saying that your Copy of Windows is no longer Valid or some such. The retail disks are not projected to be out until at least 2010.

Personally I think this Beta is a great chance to start getting used to how Windows 7 (Might) looks and feels when it releases. It's stable enough for a basic install and Windows Media Player and Internet use but don't count on every program or piece of hardware you own working 100% or at all.
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11 Jan 2009   #3
hethoofd

Windows 7 Build 7100 32-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit
 
 

You can choose wether to upgrade your Vista to 7, or do a clean install for 7. It's most wise to do a clean install, simply because it's a beta (which contains bugs) and it will expire in August. After the expiration date it will probably become unusable after a while.

To do a clean install, you don't want to remove your Vista installation, since it's important to have something to fall back to in case 7 fails. You should create a new partition and install Windows 7 on that partition. After the installation you'll have a dual boot: on starting your computer you can choose between 7 and Vista.
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11 Jan 2009   #4
I love sky

Vista Home Basic
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hethoofd View Post
You can choose wether to upgrade your Vista to 7, or do a clean install for 7. It's most wise to do a clean install, simply because it's a beta (which contains bugs) and it will expire in August. After the expiration date it will probably become unusable after a while.

To do a clean install, you don't want to remove your Vista installation, since it's important to have something to fall back to in case 7 fails. You should create a new partition and install Windows 7 on that partition. After the installation you'll have a dual boot: on starting your computer you can choose between 7 and Vista.

Thankyou for that,

Have to say i have never done that before so if anyone can advise me on how to do that please that would be great.
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11 Jan 2009   #5
I2aMpAnT

Microsoft Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by I love sky View Post
Thankyou for that,

Have to say i have never done that before so if anyone can advise me on how to do that please that would be great.
How big is your hard drive on your laptop and how much of it are you currently using?

Also do you have any external drives or USB drives you can backup your important files upon?
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11 Jan 2009   #6
I love sky

Vista Home Basic
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by I2aMpAnT View Post
How big is your hard drive on your laptop and how much of it are you currently using?

Also do you have any external drives or USB drives you can backup your important files upon?

Yer I have a Cd and Dvd drive on my laptop and my laptop is a Fujitsu siemens Amilo if that is any help?
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11 Jan 2009   #7
hethoofd

Windows 7 Build 7100 32-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by I love sky View Post
... and my laptop is a Fujitsu siemens Amilo if that is any help?
Well, not really We need to know the size of your hard drive in gigabytes, and much you're using of that.
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11 Jan 2009   #8
I2aMpAnT

Microsoft Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hethoofd View Post
Well, not really We need to know the size of your hard drive in gigabytes, and much you're using of that.

What he said!
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11 Jan 2009   #9
I love sky

Vista Home Basic
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hethoofd View Post
Well, not really We need to know the size of your hard drive in gigabytes, and much you're using of that.

Is a 69.3gb hard drive and ive got 43.8gb left on it.
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11 Jan 2009   #10
I2aMpAnT

Microsoft Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by I love sky View Post
Is a 69.3gb hard drive and ive got 43.8gb left on it.
Backup your stuff and create a new 40GB Partition on it.

Let me know if you need help with this...Via PM
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