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Windows 7: Upgrading to win7 questions

27 Apr 2010   #1

Vista going to Win7
Upgrading to win7 questions

Ok so im probly sure that this has been asked before. But tomoro im going to buy windows 7. I have a windows vista computer desktop atm. The thing is that im worried about two things. What win7 to buy and my data on c: drive. Firstly do i just go for the win7 student & home edition? and secondary when i install will it need to format my c drive. Thanks so much

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27 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

1) There is no win7 edition called "student and home". MS did offer a cheap student upgrade version a few months ago but that may no longer be available. The Home premium edition should work perfectly well and in fact is designed for the home segment. You can get a comparitive overview of various editions on the link below.

Windows 7: Compare Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate

Whichever edition you pick, you'll need to choose between an upgrade disk and a retail disk. An upgrade disk upgrades your existing license to a win7 license, so your current os license cannot legally be used again. A retail disk is a full-fledged new license and will cost more than the upgrade one. You can check out the price difference at Amazon. In functionality, there would be no difference.

You can also buy a cheap system builder OEM copy from Newegg. But that copy will be tied to the PC it is first installed on. The license is not transferable.

2) I presume by C: partition, you mean the one on which vista is installed. If you have any data files on it too (docs, music, video, pics), best to backup to an external media before switching to win7. In any case, always try and keep the data files on a partition other than the OS partition.

If you choose to do a clean install of win7, your C: drive will be wiped clean and win7 installed. If you choose to do an upgrade install (dont confuse this with the upgrade disk), vista will be upgraded to win7 and your installed apps and data files should be fine. You will be presented both the options during the install. But remember, upgrade installs can be buggy and cause problems later. IMO, best to do a clean install. You'll need to install all your apps and tweaks again in that case.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

The edition of Windows 7 that you choose to purchase is up to you. Home Premium will probably meet your needs, but you can compare features of Professional and Ultimate in the link that Bill provided. If you are asking about the Student and Home edition (which does not exist...maybe you got confused with Microsoft Office Home and Student) because you are a student, you can get Windows 7 at a discount here, Students get Windows 7 for $64.95. You do have to meet certain guidelines.

Here is a great tutorial to help you with the installation process - Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 - Help & How-to - Microsoft Windows.

Hope you enjoy Windows 7!
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