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25 Oct 2009   #1

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Windows 7 upgrade from... Windows 7?

I've been running the evaluation copy of Windows 7 but now that I'm ready, I want to buy the ultimate full version. I know I'll need the full version, not the update. However, will I have to reinstall everything? Does it wipe my hard drive before I do it or will the download detect im running windows 7 already and just "update" me off of what i've already installed?

i guess the next question is what's the best way to back everything up (data and documents mainly).

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25 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Yes, you'll have to reinstall everything. Even if you can upgrade from the eval copy, no one recommends it. Actually, hardly anyone recommends upgrading from any OS to Windows 7.
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25 Oct 2009   #3

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install

Really easy to back up
Use Windows easy transfer. You can download from the Microsoft Site. Just follow the easy instructions. Be aware, it will transfer almost everything except programs. Those you must use the original installation disc. If you, previously, made a copy of your hard drive you can transfer back to your hard drive.
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25 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 RC 64bit

You don't need the full version. You can save yourself $100 by purchasing the Upgrade which will still do a full install of the OS...
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25 Oct 2009   #5
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hacku View Post
You don't need the full version. You can save yourself $100 by purchasing the Upgrade which will still do a full install of the OS...
Yup, see here:
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