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Can i Skip Windows Vista when i upgrade to win 7?


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#1 Derek Ellis

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 06:47 PM

Does anyone know if windows Xp is able to upgrade straight to windows 7? I do not plan on getting windows vista at all.
I have a Dell Insprion 530s (desktop) and Insprion 1520 (laptop). These are both less than a year old, so i think it should be able to handle windows 7.

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 09:40 PM

Hi Derek.

It is my understanding that as Windows 7 is a completely new Operating System, there is no need to have any relation to Vista. I would be inclined to wait for the first Service Pack though, as in that way any bugs that surface in the first few months will have been dealt to. A clean install of the new OS will start you off fresh.

I will be looking to do this myself once Windows 7 SP1 comes out.

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 11:18 PM

yeah i dont use things until the first SP or "major update" is out. Only execption is when i bought my first Dell back in 2002, i got it with Windows Xp before the SP1. this was back when XP was out for only 5 months.

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 12:35 AM

How would i know if my accessories (printers and stuff) will need new drivers for Windows 7? Or if any of the application i use would i have to reinstall them? I know to do a data backup before, i use the Windows Backup Utility. Is that comapticable to use with Windows 7?

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 12:20 AM

You should be fine with going directly from XP to Windows 7. Here is the text directly from the Windows 7 site (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/faq.aspx):

If you are running Windows XP, you'll need to back up your data (preferably on an external device) and then do a clean installation of the Windows 7 Release Candidate. After installing Windows 7, you will need to reinstall applications and restore your files. If you need help with the installation process, please see the Installation Instructions.
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