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Can I upgrade windows without reformatting?


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#1 bigalexe

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 12:37 PM

Alright I'm wondering if when Windows 7 Comes out there will be a way to upgrade just the OS without having to reinstall my 1800 (or so it seems) programs along with it. I'll be upgrading from WinXP SP3 btw.
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Posted 24 September 2009 - 09:24 AM

Here is a chart that shows the upgrade paths:
http://windows7news.com/2009/08/06/windows-7-upgrade-chart/

Windows XP to Windows 7 requires a custom install, which is actually a full reinstall. There is not an upgrade path. Besides, you have a brand-spaking new OS; why clutter it with garbage from an oudated OS. I understand your pain though. Every time I do a fresh install, it takes me weeks ot get everything back to the way I had it.

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 10:48 PM

Doesn't that get annoying? It takes weeks to get everything in place.. Why can't they just "save" settings and keep it as a file and you can take that and it will plant itself in the new fresh copy.
Who said I couldn't have everything?

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 11:22 PM

I don't see it as annoying; I just see it as a necessary part of a fresh install. All it means is that I am careful to not infect my system, I am careful to keep up with updates, and I am careful to document what I do to customize my system. I do not want to reformat unless absolutely necessary, but if I have to, I have all my notes in place, and I know what I need to do.

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Posted 26 September 2009 - 08:14 AM

I guess that wouldn't be so annoying, and it would kind of stupid if you reformatted for no good reason..
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Posted 28 September 2009 - 11:26 PM

My biggest quarrel with redoing my own home computer is re-licensing CAD Systems. Not to mention downloading probably 8-10 GB of patches per game I play. Microsoft office isnt bad, backing up documents and music isn't hard, its just those few things that sometimes can be a major pain.
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Posted 30 September 2009 - 06:17 PM

that does sound like a pain. I have a document I back up to my server and a flash drive with all my customizations. Now, some are right out the window (e.g. XP registry tweaks) when I went to Windows 7, but others (e.g. license keys, firewall settings, installed software, firefox add-ons, etc.) still came in handy. At the very least, make sure to look at Add/Remove Programs and make a note of what you had.

Still, by de-cluttering it will boot up quicker. My windows 7 machine is up and running from a cold start in 55 seconds....and that includes me typing in my password for my account. Sure beats XP! I actually wonder how much was due to clutter and how much was due to improvement.

I'm personally very happy with W7, so I hope the pain will be worth it for you.


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