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Windows 7: windows 7 for xmas. now what do I do????

28 Dec 2009   #1
theblueflash

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
windows 7 for xmas. now what do I do????

hi to all. new on this forum.

thanks to santa for bringing me a much needed copy of windows 7.

i have a few questions, my apologies if its been covered but its specific.
i cant find any exact info on the net about it.

I have a copy of 7 home prem. (upgrade from vista) and I currently run 32bit vista home prem

-Id like to install 64bit 7 but heard this isnt possible without doing a clean install???
If so can i clean install from the upgrade disc or do i need a full copy of 7???

-Also. If the above query is true would I be able to install the 32bit upgrade then upgrade again from the 64bit disc?????

-Lastly. If i indeed have to do a clean install do I need to backup, delete vista o/s then boot and install 7 or do I install 7 first then delete vista later???

many thanks for any answers in advance

Duncan


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28 Dec 2009   #2
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Hi, welcome to SF

Firstly if u want 64bit then a clean install is required you cannot upgrade 32 to 64
Yes you can do a clean install with an upgrade disk, see here
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Vista can stay if you want it to if you have two hdd or seperate partitions on one then you can make a dual boot system with 7 & vista then remove vista at a later date when 7 is up and running

Check out these tutorials for more info on partitions and dual boot installing
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/95...partition.html

Hope this helps, any probs post back
Paul
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28 Dec 2009   #3
Kari

 

Hello Blueflash, welcome to the Seven Forums.

In-place upgrade from a 32-bit version to a 64-bit is never possible, so you can forget both scenarios (Vista 32 to Seven 64 or Vista 32 to Seven 32 and further to Seven 64).

You have four possibilities:
  1. An in-place upgrade to Win7 32-bit (read more about in-place upgrade here)
  2. A custom, clean install formatting the C: drive and installing a fresh copy of Win7, 32 or 64-bit
  3. A custom install on top of your current Vista setup, without formatting the C: drive. This method moves your personal files and settings to a folder called Windows.old; when installation is completed you can then move your files to corresponding folders in your new Win7 setup
  4. A dual-boot system, keeping Vista and installing Win7 to another partition. (Read more about installing Win7 to a dual-boot system with Vista here)

Whatever you do, use Windows Easy Transfer to transfer your personal files to a safe location before starting the Win7 installation. Methods 1 and 2 should keep your files intact, but as always with computers it's better to be safe than sorry.

Kari
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29 Dec 2009   #4
theblueflash

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

many thanks for the detailed replies guys. with that in mind i think i'll copy everything i dont want to lose onto my 2nd hard drive and clean install 64bit 7 onto that as well.

that way i can move any data or files i need and uninstall vista at a later date. will just mean changing the boot sequence in bios but id rather be cautious than delete everything and find i need it at some point.

thanks for the welcome, cheers again.

Duncan
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29 Dec 2009   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

One last piece of advice. Do not give your key when asked and uncheck the box for automatic activation. Give the number after you used the system and are happy. You have 30 days, but can get up to 120 before you give your number.
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29 Dec 2009   #6
theblueflash

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

cheers for that. will keep that in mind. think i'll try all of that tonight. is it sad that im looking forward to it???

or is it just that i dislike vista so much.......?
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29 Dec 2009   #7
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theblueflash View Post
cheers for that. will keep that in mind. think i'll try all of that tonight. is it sad that im looking forward to it???

or is it just that i dislike vista so much.......?
You should look forward to it. It is the greatest OS out there. Install and enjoy.
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30 Dec 2009   #8
theblueflash

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

ok. windows 7 64 bit installed onto 2nd hard drive.

all looks good. internet explorer working (obviously!!)

im now looking at the easy tranfer options. ive used the program to save prgram files/music/pics etc. was about 140gb. this i saved onto the same hard drive as i installed windows 7.

if i go into easy transfer and try to open the 'from old computer' file, nothing happens. right clicking shows that the folder is empty. what has happened to the stuff i saved??? everything seems to be listed in folders beneath it. surely this doesnt mean i have to enter each folder into the new o/s manually???
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30 Dec 2009   #9
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theblueflash View Post
ok. windows 7 64 bit installed onto 2nd hard drive.

all looks good. internet explorer working (obviously!!)

im now looking at the easy tranfer options. ive used the program to save prgram files/music/pics etc. was about 140gb. this i saved onto the same hard drive as i installed windows 7.

if i go into easy transfer and try to open the 'from old computer' file, nothing happens. right clicking shows that the folder is empty. what has happened to the stuff i saved??? everything seems to be listed in folders beneath it. surely this doesnt mean i have to enter each folder into the new o/s manually???
Did you just install easy transfer? There was an update not that long ago. Make sure you have the most current version.
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30 Dec 2009   #10
gregrocker

 

Please let us know how it sorts out. If you can get just your files out you are ahead, since settings can import corruption.

I am not recommending Easy Transfer any longer. Drag your folders to an external, verify.

Not to mention that it is a corruption path by copying settings from Vista (worst OS ever) into Win7.
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