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Windows 7: Windows 7 upgrade concerns

21 Nov 2009   #1
catilley1092

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
 
 
Windows 7 upgrade concerns

I just bought this PC last week, it is running Win 7 Home Premium. In the past, I've always ran Pro versions, beginning with Win 2K Pro, XP Pro. I still have the laptops that I dual boot between the two on. But I noticed somewhere on this PC that you can do a simple online upgrade in as little as 10 minutes. I saw where there was a promotion for this service. I've always loved Pro over Home for the few extra features and enhanced security. Have any of you done this, and is it as simple as it says? No backup, no preparation. Is this for real? And will my PC specs come into play? I would like this service, but it sounds too good to be true. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


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21 Nov 2009   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

It's called Windows Anytime Upgrade. I think you pay the money and then just download it like it was a service pack. I haven't heard of anyone who has actually used it.
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21 Nov 2009   #3
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

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21 Nov 2009   #4
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

An upgrade is not the preferred method.

It leaves many useless files on you system and can cause conflict,

Be aware, you'll have to re-install all your 3rd party appliations.
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22 Nov 2009   #5
catilley1092

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
 
 

reghakr, thanks for that piece of valuable advice. I thought it was too good to be true. And by the way, I'm a Firefox fan,too.
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22 Nov 2009   #6
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

Your most welcome,

I put a custom title on IE8. It states "You clicked the wrong icon dummy!"
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22 Nov 2009   #7
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by reghakr View Post
An upgrade is not the preferred method.

It leaves many useless files on you system and can cause conflict,

Be aware, you'll have to re-install all your 3rd party appliations.
I hope that someone will correct me if I'm wrong on this, but I believe that a Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade isn't really an upgrade installation. The features are already installed. That's how it can be completed in 10 minutes.

I've never done one, either on Vista or Win7.
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22 Nov 2009   #8
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by reghakr View Post
An upgrade is not the preferred method.

It leaves many useless files on you system and can cause conflict,

Be aware, you'll have to re-install all your 3rd party appliations.
I hope that someone will correct me if I'm wrong on this, but I believe that a Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade isn't really an upgrade installation. The features are already installed. That's how it can be completed in 10 minutes.

I've never done one, either on Vista or Win7.
I was about to post the same thing. The anytime upgrade is NOT an upgrade installation. Basically all it does is replace a few files and unlock the functionality in the next "up" version of Windows 7. It is not necessary to "shy away" from the anytime upgrade for this reason.

I do agree with the other posters that an actual upgrade to Windows 7 from any other operating system should never be done. Always do a clean install.

You can be comfortable with the anytime upgrade though. I have done two of them on Vista and they worked just fine. I'm sure the process is even more smooth on 7.
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23 Nov 2009   #9
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

Just a note about migrating from XP..........

If you are on Windows XP and planning to UPGRADE...

YOU MUST DO A CLEAN INSTALL.
There is no upgrade path. There are user migration tools you can use, but you will need to backup your files and do a clean install.

I have seen several threads about this and just want to clarify. The upgrade from Windows Vista is a valid upgrade path, but Windows XP to Windows 7 is not
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