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Windows 7: Upgrading/Install Question! HELP!

26 Nov 2009   #1
edogman85

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Upgrading/Install Question! HELP!

I'm thinking about installing windows 7 home premium 64bit. I currently have vista 32 home running on my machine. I have two hard drives, an 80 gig drive dedicated solely to the operating system and a 750gig for programs and things. All of my programs are installed to my second hard drive (adobe programs and such.) If I wipe out the 80gig drive and install windows 7 on it. Will all of my programs still work on my 750gig drive once i boot up in windows 7? I just don't want to have to install everything again. I have a lot of programs some I don't even know where the install discs are. So my question is.. am i just going to have to wipe both drives and start all over? I'd really rather not!!!

I've heard I can just upgrade over the top of Vista but i'd rather have a clean sweep and purge my system of the cancer that is windows vista.

Anyone know?


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26 Nov 2009   #2
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Hi edogman, welcome to the Seven Forums.

The only way to keep your installed software is to do an in-place upgrade installation, on top of your current Vista system. My checklist to a succesfull in-place upgrade here.

A clean install means you have to re-install software and applications.

Kari
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26 Nov 2009   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Hi edogman, welcome to the Seven Forums.

The only way to keep your installed software is to do an in-place upgrade installation, on top of your current Vista system. My checklist to a succesfull in-place upgrade here.

A clean install means you have to re-install software and applications.

Kari
Kari is one of our best and again she is right. From my personal experience, though, unless you have a lot of programs a clean install is best (actually it is always best). I have read many posts that indicate an upgrade takes more time than a clean install. It took a lot of time to correct all the small problems that creep into an upgraded system. MS, with all of its knowledge and technology could not possibly forsee every possible scenario of an upgrade.
Ask your self this, do you really want your new OS to have all the corruption, virus, malware and the bloat that comes with an OEM that is installed on a new computer. Or do you want a brand new OS. Its your compter and your time, but think of what is best for you. You can even install programs as you need them. Take care and good luck
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26 Nov 2009   #4
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Ask your self this, do you really want your new OS to have all the corruption, virus, malware and the bloat that comes with an OEM that is installed on a new computer. Or do you want a brand new OS. Its your compter and your time, but think of what is best for you. You can even install programs as you need them. Take care and good luck
+1

A clean, fresh install is always safer and easier, you can be quite sure that after a clean install everything really works. If you have all the install media of important applications you need, do a clean install.

The most typical scenario to do an in-place upgrade is the situation where install media for your software is no longer available.

Maybe I've just been lucky, never to have problems with in-place upgrade. However, if re-installing the software is not going to be a problem also my recommendation is a clean install. Being an in-place upgrade advocate does not mean I think it's a better method, it just means you can survive in-place if you prepare it right.

Kari
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26 Nov 2009   #5
gregrocker

 

Boot from the Win7 installer and choose Custom>Advanced drive tools to delete, create New and format before install.

If you are accessing your files from the other partition, you'll need to delete the Program Files before reinstalling the programs fresh to Win7 since they are not functional unless reinstalled anyway. Save your installers in Downloads so you have them in the future.

You can also shrink your data drive enough to format a primary partition to save the Windows 7 Backup system image. Then you'll never have to reinstall again, just boot from the installer/repair disk and "Recovfer using an Image" to reimage your HDD (or a replacement) in 15 minutes flawlessly.
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26 Nov 2009   #6
Subsonic

Windows7 x64 7600 16385
 
 

Kari[/QUOTE]

Kari is one of our best and again she is right. [/QUOTE]


But she's not a she!
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26 Nov 2009   #7
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Subsonic View Post
But she's not a she!
Didn't notice Rich 'femalized' me. But I'm used to this; Back in Finland it is a typical male name but to English and German speaking people it sounds fermale. Here in Germany, where I now live, I get a lot of mail addressed to 'Frau Kari P.xxxxxx' (Frau = Mrs.).

Believe me, I am a man. At least my wife says so...

More here.
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26 Nov 2009   #8
Subsonic

Windows7 x64 7600 16385
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Subsonic View Post
But she's not a she!
Didn't notice Rich 'femalized' me. But I'm used to this; Back in Finland it is a typical male name but to English and German speaking people it sounds fermale. Here in Germany, where I now live, I get a lot of mail addressed to 'Frau Kari P.xxxxxx' (Frau = Mrs.).

Believe me, I am a man. At least my wife says so...

More here.
I understand completely, Herr Kari P.xxxxxx. I lived in Germany for 4 years. Loved it!
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26 Nov 2009   #9
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Subsonic View Post
But she's not a she!
Didn't notice Rich 'femalized' me. But I'm used to this; Back in Finland it is a typical male name but to English and German speaking people it sounds fermale. Here in Germany, where I now live, I get a lot of mail addressed to 'Frau Kari P.xxxxxx' (Frau = Mrs.).

Believe me, I am a man. At least my wife says so...

More here.
Its hard to tell from an Icon if you are male or female, but from your posts, which have taught me a lot, as I try to teach, I can tell you are one of the best.
Rich
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26 Nov 2009   #10
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Subsonic View Post
But she's not a she!
Didn't notice Rich 'femalized' me. But I'm used to this; Back in Finland it is a typical male name but to English and German speaking people it sounds fermale. Here in Germany, where I now live, I get a lot of mail addressed to 'Frau Kari P.xxxxxx' (Frau = Mrs.).

Believe me, I am a man. At least my wife says so...

More here.
Hey Kari ...
Maybe you could have your user name changed to "KariMan", "Kari da Man", KariTheDude, or something even more creative for us non-Finnish persons? jk!!!

As far as I an concerned, you are The Man!!
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