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Windows 7: Just bought Windows 7 I have question

16 Jul 2011   #1

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Just bought Windows 7 I have question

Okay so I just bought the student discount of Windows 7. I also ordered the back up disk.

Right now I have Vista 32 bit and I want to go to Windows 7 64 bit. So I understand I have to do a clean (custom) install. My question is, do I have to wait until my disk arrives to do this, or can I do it right now? Because I'm at the page where I ordered my stuff and there's a link to download for the upgrade, but then there's also an alternate link for clean installation and it says it's for XP users and Vista 32 bit users. But it also says ISO burning software is required.

What is ISO burning software, and is it possible for me to do the clean download to 64 bit right now by clicking on that link, or do I have to wait until my back up disk arrives?

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16 Jul 2011   #2
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Use this to burn ISO to DVD or write to flash stick: Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool

Boot the Windows 7 installer, choose Custom Install, then Drive Options (Advanced) to Delete all partitions not needed, following illustrated steps given here: Clean Install Windows 7

If you Delete all partitions to create New ones and Format, the installer will issue a 100mb System Reserved boot partition which conveniently places the Repair Console (normally only on the DVD or Repair CD) on the F8 Advanced Boot Options menu. Partition as you wish and Format before installing to first OS partition.

The installer is mostly driver-complete, with newer arriving quickly via optional Windows Updates. Just in case, have your Wireless driver on flash stick or CD so you can get online quickly. Then enable hardware driver auto-updating and check for optional Updates frequently.

Any drivers still missing in Device Manager can be found on the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer or device. Driver Install - Device Manager

Install updates and then programs slowly over time to gauge performance changes after each. Don't let any programs write themselves into msconfig>Startup as they slow startup, become freeloaders on your RAM/CPU and can spy on you. I only allow AV and gadgets. Startup Programs - Change

Use a lightweight free AV like MS Security Essentials which works perfectly with Windows 7 Firewall.

When it is finished, clean and order the HD perfectly using state-of-the-art free CCleaner Disk and Registry tabs, then Puran boot-time defragger + full Disk Check after adding Intelligent Optimizer on Additional Operations tab:
CCleaner - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET

Finally save a Windows 7 Backup image externally so you never have to reinstall again, just reimage the HD (or replacement) using DVD/Repair CD with the stored image. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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