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Windows 7: Upgrade Install with Windows 7

04 Feb 2010   #50
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Nice find Joey. Thank you for sharing your results.


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18 May 2010   #51
easyhoting

 
 

Hey Brink,

I want to upgrade from 64-bit windows 7 home premium to 64-bit windows 7 professor. Which path should I follow for the easily and safest upgrade: a clean install or just a simple upgrade install without reformatting my harddrive?
Since I partitioned my harddrives into C and D, if I do a clean install with reformatting my drive would it affect both of my drives (I only used C drive for windows and D for data storage)? Thanks in advance.
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18 May 2010   #52
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Easyhoting, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I have always preferred a clean install over an inplace upgrade to prevent having any possible issues carry over into the new install from the upgrade. You're D: drive will not be affected by a clean or upgrade install as long as you do not select it to install Windows 7 on during installation.

A clean install will give you the best chance of a problem free installation, but you will have to reinstall everything (drivers, programs, etc....).

A inplace upgrade will allow you to upgrade to the Windows 7 Professional edition without losing anythiing from the previous installation. However, you will have a higher chance of something causing some sort of issue afterwards as well. If is does happen, you will most likely end up doing a clean install anyways to fix it.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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18 May 2010   #53
easyhoting

 
 

thanks a lot for the info
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18 May 2010   #54
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome.
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19 May 2010   #55
GerryR

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I’m quoting Page 5 of “Windows 7 – The Missing Manual” by David Pogue

ISBN: 978-1-596-80639-2

Note: Perhaps surprisingly, Starter doesn’t actually save you any hard drive space. Every copy of Windows 7 is actually a complete Ultimate edition on the hard drive – but with features turned off. That’s how Microsoft is able to pull off the instant-upgrade feature known as Anytime Upgrade. Choose its name from the Start menu, pay a few bucks at a Web site, and Presto: Your PC has just acquired one of the fancier editions of Windows 7.”

I performed a search using a search tool called “Everything” and found, at the end of extremely long path names that I would surely mistype:

WindowsAnytimeUpgrade.exe

WindowsAnytimeUpgradeResults.exe and

WindowsAnytimeUpgradeui.exe


as well as many non-executable files containing that character string.


I have Home Premium 64-bit

There is a comment to the effect that WindowsAnytimeUpgrade was originally called Windows Anytime Upgrade. Presumably Mr. Pogue wrote his book before the change in names.
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23 Nov 2010   #56
Topspin

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit
 
 
Upgrade Vista Home Premium 32 Bit to...

..Windows 7 Professional 64bit?

and keep all the stuff on my Laptop.

From what I can see this is not possible or am I wrong?

Do I have to do a 'clean install' is this right? if so will I loose all the stuff that is on the laptop - which is SONY VAIO which came with a software package.

The MS Win 7 Upgrade advisor gave no indication that I could not do this but I see that the 'matrix' of what can and cannot be done between Vista and Win 7 Pro does not indicate that it is possible.

Sorry about the seemingly silly question but I am a bit of a none tech person when it comes to such stuff.

However I did a new installation following the instructions on here so why not return and ask
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23 Nov 2010   #57
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Topspin,

If you were to upgrade from Vista Home Premium 32-bit to Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, then you would be able to keep everything on your computer by doing this tutorial for a inplace upgrade. You would probably only need to install the Windows 7 drivers afterwards.

However, a clean install is required when going from 32-bit to 64-bit, or 64-bit to 32-bit.


You could do a custom install though. It's almost the same as doing a clean install, but a copy of your current installation (ex: Vista) and all it's files is placed in the C:\Windows.old folder in the new installation (ex: Windows 7). You will still have to reinstall all drivers and programs, but you can copy any other files from within the Windows.old folder back into the new installation.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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23 Nov 2010   #58
Topspin

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Many thanks for your prompt reply Shawn.

Given that this laptop had pre-installed software and I had no disc's with it by doing a 'custom install' will I still be able to lpad the 'on-board' software and re-load into Windows 7 or will I loose it?
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23 Nov 2010   #59
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Sometimes when you create a set of recovery discs from a oem computer like this, you may have the option to have one DVD as the Vista factory recovery and a separate one for drivers and applications. If you have one for a separate "Drivers and Applications", then you might be able to reinstall the programs that came with the computer after doing a custom install of Windows 7.

However, it sounds like your best option would be to do a inplace upgrade install from Vista 32-bit to Windows 7 32-bit. This way you will not lose the installed programs.
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