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Windows 7: To upgrade,or not to upgrade?

27 Dec 2009   #11

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install

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For the First Question:
-A Clean install would be nice if you don't have much files to worry about or to transfer to the new version of windows, Other than you start out clean and quick, all possible viruses or worms that could have been swimming around your computer would be gone, and you will get a chance to keep your Computer safe from the start!
More than just the security issue, there is a stability issue. Upgraded OSs end up with a lot more junk in the registry that won't ever be needed again and may potentially cause conflicts in the future.

Sure, it is tempting to avoid the agro of reinstalling and resetting all your personal toggles, but it is often a "pay now" or "pay later" deal. Better to suck it up at the front end, get to know your new OS, and get some spring cleaning done at the same time, rather than wrestling with odd quirks from here until eternity.
Allow me to put in my two cents. This is a highly respected forum, for computer information. I would say at least 99% of senior members here agree, Clean install.
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27 Dec 2009   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1

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Hi All, As this is my first post I will get straight to the point. I am considering upgrading my O.S. from the existing Vista 32. I certainly like what I'm hearing about Win.7 with no obvious reasons to delay. Which is best , upgrade my Vist or a full delete and install of WIN 7? Also ,which is the recommended version, 64 or 32 bit, Thanks if anyone can shed some light on this question, regards.
Certainly the best thing to do is a clean install. Win 7 does a good job of putting your old files in a folder Windows.Old. You should still backup to be on the safe side. When installing your programs again, you will have all of your data files in the Windows.Old file to make things less of a burden. Just reinstall the programs and move your data files to the proper folder for the program. You will be glad you did the clean install.
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27 Dec 2009   #13
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Since you need to backup anyway, get the cleanest possible install by booting from the DVD, selecting Custom install and then Drive Options to delete all partitions, create New as you wish, then Format before installing to the first partition. The installer will see Vista at bootup and allow Upgrade key.

The Win 7 installer is nearly driver complete with updates added during install if you stay connected to the internet, more coming in via Windows updates. Others can be found along with favorite apps at the Support Downloads page for your computer model.

You can also back up your drivers by saving the Vista windows/system32/drivers file to browse later for any drivers missing in Device manager.
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