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Windows 7: Windows 7 Upgrade Compatibility

23 May 2010   #1
TheDark7

Windows 7
 
 
Windows 7 Upgrade Compatibility

I want to upgrade to Windows 7, but the Realtek Ethernet Network Card Diagnostic Tool (for Windows Vista, of course) is not compatible with it. The Upgrade Advisor says I have to uninstall it and then reinstall it after the upgrade. I don't know where I can find it again to reinstall, it was preinstalled on my computer. I have Vista Home Premium. Will that program be replaced when I upgrade to 7? Do I have to uninstall it? Do I have to uninstall the other programs here? Thanks!

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23 May 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

It is suggested that you do a clean install and not an upgrade. This being said, all programs must be reinstalled after the install. The program will not be replaced. It was installed by the computer mfg, when you purchased your computer. I will get additional information for you.

Edit:
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version[2]=General Tips

Take my advice, do not do an upgrade, to avoid reinstalling programs. If you do, you will be back here, with bigger problems.
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23 May 2010   #3
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

The reason, the Upgrade Advisor says reinstall it after the upgrade is that registry locations and environment variables need to be reassigned and also fresh entries may need to be made.

If you don't uninstall it, the upgrade process might stall or the device may partially work or not work at all after the upgrade.

And yes, best to do a clean install.
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23 May 2010   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello TheDark7, welcome to Seven Forums!




Have you been to the Realtek site to look for the correct driver, it's at the link below; be sure to post back to keep us informed.


Realtek Driver Downloads
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23 May 2010   #5
joel406

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/x86 Windows 7 Pro x64/x86 Windows 7 Home Premium x64/x86
 
 

Do the clean install and just run windows update.

You'll be fine.

Windows 7 is just that good.
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23 May 2010   #6
TheDark7

Windows 7
 
 

Unfortunately, I do not know what the driver is to find it. I would prefer not to do a clean install, as it would cost another $100.
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23 May 2010   #7
fishnbanjo

Vista 64 Ultimate, Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheDark7 View Post
Unfortunately, I do not know what the driver is to find it. I would prefer not to do a clean install, as it would cost another $100.
The upgrade disk you have gives you the option to upgrade or do a clean installation this is how Microsoft packaged Windows 7, to find
your driver location go to the Control Panel, Device Manager and then Network Adapter, find the Realtech device and you will more than likely see the driver is from Microsoft, like it has already been said do a clean install and you will be enjoying a very good OS.
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23 May 2010   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Rich posted the link for you above, here it is again; like has been said, Windows 7 should install the driver for your Realtek card.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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23 May 2010   #9
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Please, trust my judgement and the judgement of almost every other member, do a clean install. We will help if necessaary and it costs NOTHING extra.
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23 May 2010   #10
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheDark7 View Post
Unfortunately, I do not know what the driver is to find it. I would prefer not to do a clean install, as it would cost another $100.
I understand it is a pain if you're spending more money for something you thought easy to upgrade.

If you still plan to upgrade, i suggest you to restore Vista as clean as you can.

Therefore it might be smoother for you to upgrade that way!
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