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Vista to W7 - Fresh install or upgrade in situ?

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by 1ofaKind, 16 Oct 2009.

  1. 1ofaKind


    Joined: 10 Apr 2004

    Posts: 843

    Hi All,

    Got Windows 7 Ultimate on order. Currently running Vista Ultimate. Are there any utilities to backup email/account stuff before an upgrade?

    Am I better to reformat (safer/less problems) and do a completely clean install or is W7 okay to upgrade my in place Vista.

    Gonna use my Vista then on my backup PC to dual boot Vista & Ubuntu.
  2. Memphis


    Joined: 13 Jan 2004

    Posts: 12,204

    Location: Inverness

    A fresh install is ALWAYS preferable to an upgrade. That said, Vista to 7 is your best chance yet of a smooth change over.


    Joined: 19 Jun 2004

    Posts: 6,535

    Location: n/east-the toon

    +1 fresh install.
  4. Raumarik


    Joined: 14 Jul 2003

    Posts: 13,772

    Definately fresh install, it's nice to know that you've cleared out the HDD and only have the garbage that the current version will have building up on it rather than years of Vista/XP OS files lying around too.

    Also means a cleaner registry which is never a bad thing.
  5. Elevon


    Joined: 22 Sep 2006

    Posts: 3,137

    I have done two upgrades which was Vista x64 HP and x86 to Win7 x64/x86 Ultimate RTM, in both cases no issues and very smooth upgrade.

    I'll be surprised if you get any issues,just use the Win7 beta software compatibility checker option on installation which tells you which software etc may cause any issues with upgrades ,I had two on my Dell laptop I had to uninstall,however Win7 installed a newer version after installation,the other was a pointless modem diagnostic tool from Dell that I did not really need.
    Last edited: 16 Oct 2009
  6. TheVoice


    Joined: 15 Aug 2005

    Posts: 21,512

    Location: Glasgow

    Clean install every time. I simply wouldn't want to risk writing one OS over the top of the other.
  7. Meatball


    Joined: 12 Jun 2005

    Posts: 6,277

    Location: St Albans

    Fresh install anytime/everytime :).
  8. Nymins


    Joined: 7 Mar 2007

    Posts: 9,915

    Location: Belfast

    Best to do a fresh. But i guess depending on how long you have had Vista installed, like a few weeks (not likely im guessing), then an upgrade should be ok since you won't have much installed.
  9. something daft already!!


    Joined: 11 Jan 2007

    Posts: 5,450

    Location: South East

    A fresh install but before you wipe out you current install, use the files and settings transfer wizard to save you loads of time and hassle later. Simply save to file to another hard drive. I did and all my save games were and my gadgets, outlook settings, farourites etc, mine ended up being 110gb in size!
  10. Elevon


    Joined: 22 Sep 2006

    Posts: 3,137

    One of my Vista upgrades to Win7 was a Vista install from Jan 2007,Vista to Win7 is less hassle then XP to Win7 upgrade,btw I had 15+ games installed various other programs and its running like a kitten after the upgrade.