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#1 Farrix

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 10:36 PM

I can't decide whether to get windows 7 or an external HDD to backup all my data on, im currently on windows xp pro x64 and am finding alot of programs refuze to produce a compatible version for my OS, but i'm currently having issues with my boot.ini and my sound and am on the fence about formatting and starting over. Does anyone know if i'll NEED to format to install windows 7 pro? or can i sly by without it,

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Posted 24 November 2009 - 02:01 AM

You pretty much have to reformat and do a clean install for Windows 7 or Vista. Or, you might be able to upgrade Vista on top of XP, but I'm not 100% sure.

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Posted 24 November 2009 - 11:06 AM

Yeah, get the external, you'll have to backup and do a clean install. You can buy the Upgrade disc and clean install with it (I think you'll need your XP Serial or something like that) but XP cannot be upgraded.

I'd recommend 7 x64, I haven't had many compatibility issues out of it. The ones I do have, I've gotten around with some tweaks :D

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Posted 24 November 2009 - 12:45 PM

thanks for the info guys :thumbsup: it truely was a big help in my decision,

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 08:11 PM

they make vista upgrade discs and windows 7 upgrade discs, but the reality is that they dont really upgrade, they just check to see that you have a previous version, then do a complete format and reinstall anyway. the upgrade discs are in reality, the full OS they just give you an price discount since you already have an previous version of windows on the system. if it were me, I would buy the external hard drive first, then wait until at least service pack one comes out for windows 7 to fully work out the kinks and bugs in the system.

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 12:29 AM

i think im gonna have to borrow money to get both at once just because in the last 2 weeks ive had 12 programs tell me they no longer support XP x64, but they still support XP and its making it really difficult to disinfect my machine and repair the boot.ini

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 01:53 AM

try malware bytes. :D

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