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Windows 7: Installing an upgrade Win 7

15 Apr 2010   #21
Duke of Alinor

Win7 32 / 64 and XP 32 / 64 (on various other computers as well)

Gregrocker, I have not heard of that ever. Could you post some links or point me in a direction to find out more about corruption from transferring settings? Files can be corrupt of course but I thought the settings were checked on import for viability.

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15 Apr 2010   #22


Any setting that is imported will be allowed in my experience. This means that incorrect settings or, more likely, multiple flawed or incorrect settings can cause Win7 to run as hampered as these same settings caused in Vista. I call this "creeping corruption," another good reason to get an image shortly after install and setup.

This is one reason most tech experts suggest a clean install and regular clean reinstalls (now accomplished easier with built-in drive imaging), so that a fresh start can be made for both the OS, its settings, programs and their settings. By importing incorrect or badly made settings, it defeats the pupose of a fully fresh start for both the OS and its programs.

What check for "viability" occurs when settings are imported as I have not heard of this?
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15 Apr 2010   #23

Win 7 Premium 64 Bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
It's not the one that I would get. The fact that it is System Builders mean that once installed, you can never install it on another machine, and upgrading the machine that you have, may cause it to become invalid.
So.......which one should I get? Thanks
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15 Apr 2010   #24

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

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21 Apr 2010   #25

Win 7 Premium 64 Bit

Do I need to worry about any drivers missing after an upgrade clean install ? Thanks.
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21 Apr 2010   #26


Very few. Just in case, have your wireless driver on a stick or CD so you can get online quickly to check optional Windows Updates for any newer drivers than installer provides.

Any drivers missing in Device Manager can then be found on the Support Downloads webpage for your computer or device model.

I would not change out any drivers given by Windows 7 unless performance dictates. During beta I would provide chipset using XPthink and had to roll it back on many different models because MS's were better.
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21 Apr 2010   #27

Win 7 Premium 64 Bit

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22 Apr 2010   #28

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Hi Bonkers,

It is a good idea to run the Upgrade Advisor (Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor - Download - Microsoft Windows) before moving from Vista to Windows 7. It will scan your system and let you know if any changes need to be made before the upgrade. If you choose to do a clean install, make sure you back up your files and programs to an external hard drive first, as they will be wiped from the computer during a clean installation.

As far a drivers go, you can check your software / hardware in the Windows 7 Compatiblity Center (Windows 7 Compatibility: Software Programs and Hardware Devices: Find Updates, Drivers, and Downloads) to make sure they are compatible with Windows 7. After the upgrade, you can have Windows find your drivers for you - Automatically get recommended drivers and updates for your hardware.

Enjoy Windows 7!

Microsoft Windows Outreach
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22 Apr 2010   #29

Win 7 Premium 64 Bit

The only drive I'm concerned about id for the ethernet card. Just want to make sure I can connect to the internet. As for saving any important files, nothing really to save.
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22 Apr 2010   #30

Win 7 Premium 64 Bit

Another question on an upgrade........what about viruses, spyware, adware before the upgrade. Do I need to take care of those things first, or will they be gone after the upgrade. Thanks for all the info! Everyone has been a great help! Glad to be part of this site! B-72
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