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Windows 7: Windows Vista to Windows 7 - Upgrade or clean install ?

06 Nov 2009   #1

Windows Vista Business SP1
Windows Vista to Windows 7 - Upgrade or clean install ?

I have windows Vista business with SP1 installed on a Dell Latitude laptop D830. I have run Windows upgrade advisor , it is giving me clear signal to upgrade to windows 7 professional or ultimate. Now with so much news about upgrade problems occurring. Should I upgrade or do clean install? Also I want to know , if there is a difference between windows 7 upgrade and windows 7 full version? With windows 7 full version, Can I get the upgrade option also?

Thank you

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06 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1

If I were you, I'd backup your files and do a clean install. This will ensure you don't take any little problems into your new installation and you will be pleased with the results. The difference between an upgrade version and a full version is that the full version doesn't require a previous version of windows to install. You can of course choose to upgrade from the full version but I don't suggest you do
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06 Nov 2009   #3

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

See Brinks tutorial on how to do a clean install -=> Here
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06 Nov 2009   #4

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06 Nov 2009   #5

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64

Looks like it's 4 & 0,

Clean install will give you a better running new OS.

If you have been running Vista for a couple of years it will carry over any little problems it might have developed.

As tw33k mentioned, an upgrade version requires a previous activated version of XP or Vista, and if you need to re-install it you might have to call MS to get it activated.

A full version can be installed on any hard drive new or old and can be re-installed as often as you need.
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