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Windows 7: Upgrading from Vista to 7 using the MSDN AA

19 Sep 2009   #1
7seven

Vista
 
 
Upgrading from Vista to 7 using the MSDN AA

Hey guys,

I thought this would have been asked before but I've done a search and turned up no results! Forgive me if I've just missed it though...

Basically, I've currently got Vista 64bit. I'm an IEEE member so I've downloaded the Windows 7 x64 Professional iso file from the MSDN AA and burned it to a DVD and got a serial number too.

Now I'm wondering what the best way to move from Vista to Windows 7 is. I'm not sure, but I assume the serial number/iso is for the full version and not the upgrade.

I thread I read here says clean install is better than upgrade. So assuming I want to completely get rid of all traces of Vista, I do the following:
1) Back up all files on my C: (pretty much no documents since I have everything on other drives/partitions)
2) Make a list of all programs/serial numbers
3) Put the Windows 7 DVD into my DVD drive and change my BIOS settings to boot from DVD as 1st priority
4) Hit the key to boot from DVD
5) I hope there's an option to format the current Vista partition (C: )?
6) Format the partition and install Windows 7 on the partition
7) Reinstall all programs I need

Does this sound good to everyone? Essentially, I just want to confirm that I can completely format the current Vista partition during Windows 7 installation and that the serial number/iso I got from the MSDN AA is the full version and not the upgrade.

Computer specs: Q6600, 4GB DDR2 RAM, 8800GT, P35-DS3 motherboard

If you require any other information just let me know.

Thanks in advance!


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19 Sep 2009   #2
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

It would work as an upgrade. But you're right, doing a clean install is going to be the best.

You're probably already done by now (14 hours later). If not, yes you can format the Vista partition using the Windows 7 DVD.
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19 Sep 2009   #3
7seven

Vista
 
 

OK cool thanks! Nah, I haven't installed Windows 7 yet since I have a test and an assignment due for Uni on Monday, so I will most likely install it on Tuesday.

I will let you know how it goes
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19 Sep 2009   #4
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

You might want to read the tutorial on Windows Easy Transfer

Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers

for files, programs & settings.

I have used it several times to an external HD.
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19 Sep 2009   #5
7seven

Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
You might want to read the tutorial on Windows Easy Transfer

Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers

for files, programs & settings.

I have used it several times to an external HD.
Thanks for the link, that's a really good guide!

I know that when I upgrade the firmware on my phone or modem they recommend manually re-entering all the settings rather than a backup and restore of the settings.

Just wondering if it's the same for computers going from one OS to another? Like could I have settings/files from Vista being transferred onto Windows 7 that are just useless?
I don't really have any files at all on the drive with Vista installed. I've got a 1TB drive for media storage and a 500GB drive as well. The 500GB drive is partitioned and the partition with Vista has all installed programs too, and the other partition has all my documents, etc.
I figure by formatting my OS/programs partition all I need to do is re-install the programs.

So I think I'm leaning towards formatting/installing 7 and not worry about restoring my Vista settings. What do you think?
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19 Sep 2009   #6
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 7seven View Post
So I think I'm leaning towards formatting/installing 7 and not worry about restoring my Vista settings. What do you think?
Yeah that's how I do it. Because I don't store any critical data on the Windows partition, it makes it easier to format and reinstall.

It might be best to create a backup using the easy transfer wizard just in case. You don't necessarily have to import everything back into Windows 7. But it's probably not a bad idea to have it just in case you find something missing.
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23 Sep 2009   #7
7seven

Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
It might be best to create a backup using the easy transfer wizard just in case. You don't necessarily have to import everything back into Windows 7. But it's probably not a bad idea to have it just in case you find something missing.
Yep that's what I ended up doing. Formatted & installed Windows 7 yesterday. All went well and I haven't had any issues so far. One thing that was pretty surprising was the format. I always remember formats taking really long but during the Windows 7 installation it asked what drive I wanted to install to so I selected my drive and clicked the format button. It instantly went down to 0GB used?? I assume that it just deleted the MFT file to "forget where the data is" instead of erasing all the data. I don't think this will actually effect the performance at all though.

So overall, very happy. Thanks for the help guys
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