Buyer Beware on Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade

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I'm issuing a "buyer beware" on the various Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrades that were announced recently. I just got burned trying to upgrade my Windows Vista Home Premium (64 bit) to Windows 7 Professional. For no apparent reason, the installer refuses to upgrade-in-place and only offers me the option to do a clean install (a hard drive wipe), which is totally unacceptable to me at this point. So, if you are one of the unfortunate people who bought Windows Vista Home Premium, you're going to be screwed when it's time to upgrade--assuming you're not interested in a clean install. What burns me up about this is that the upgrade option exists only for certain versions, and Microsoft made sure to confuse the #$@# out of us with so many different ones (pointless complexity, really).

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Calibrator
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Mark Vergeer wrote:

I will probably only upgrade my gaming rig. The 2.8 Core2Duo and Nvidia 9800GTS+, 4Gb RAM deserve Windows 7 don't you think?

Nope. At least not unless you get a modern graphics card.

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Which version of Windows 7 would suit my needs best. I am using the machine for emulation and games - also recent games.....

I'd use the bog-standard Home Premium version in your case if you don't want to use the Microsoft XP-emulation feature which apparently will be restricted to other versions.

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Matt Barton
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I think I'm going to do go

I think I'm going to do go for the clean install. The more I think about it, the more I realize that's probably advisable anyway, since I have been getting lots of slow downs and weird hangs.

BTW, I am not working from a disc. I downloaded the $30 student special thing from Digital River (or whatever it's called). I am wondering--is it safe to do a clean install from a digital download? I mean, is it going to somehow record over itself during the install?

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Hey Matt -

I would still advise burning the image to a disc and doing an install off of that. Do you have multiple hard drives? An external drive? A secondary computer you can use to offload files? Since you are doing a fresh install of Windows, you can offload the data to another drive and reformat just to get a nice, clean installation. You could probably install it off a flash drive if your computer will let you boot from flash (depends on age, mostly). This guy did a guide for it awhile back: http://www.thinkcomputers.org/index.php?x=articles&id=117

Funny - I have never tried installing an OS off of a hard drive. I am sure it is doable, but again - you might as well reformat if you are going to do a clean install. NTFS Quick should be fine.

Also - Once your installation is complete, you probably want to get going with some defragging software. I use PerfectDisk and love it. You can try it free for 30 days. http://www.perfectdisk.com/

Keep us up on how it goes.

(I assume you got the updated download for Windows 7. The first one was plagued with various problems. http://windowsitpro.com/windowspaulthurrott/article/articleid/103032/fla... )

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How many days old does a

How many days old does a product have to be before it's not "modern"?

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Catatonic wrote:

How many days old does a product have to be before it's not "modern"?

Probably one day after launch day. So two days.

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Catatonic wrote:

How many days old does a product have to be before it's not "modern"?

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