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#1 newbie in hawaii

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Posted 28 November 2009 - 05:48 PM

Custom built system on which 2 recovered Vista operating systems are installed, one of which I have forgotten the system log on password.

I want to upgrade to Windows 7, I already have the upgrade CD, as well the original Vista installation CD.

All existing hard drives (4) will be replaced with WD 500 GB units, I may do a RAID, not sure of which type yet
How do I go about differentiating between the 2 installed systems on my present drive?
I wish to eliminate the one that I have forgotten the password, and keep the other and upgrade to 7 onto it.

I do have access to Norton Ghost, as well an external hard drive enclosure of which I have installed one of the new WD drives

Would it be easier to just re-install Vista from scratch and them upgrade to 7? Would this not involve the lengthy task of downloading all Vista's patches and updates again? Not to mention other programs....

Hope this makes sense, I just need advice on the easiest and safest way to do this

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 01:06 PM

Would it be easier to just re-install Vista from scratch and them upgrade to 7

To avoid any problems, that is what I would do

Upgrades are always troublesome
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Posted 29 November 2009 - 01:46 PM

Would it be easier to just re-install Vista from scratch and them upgrade to 7

To avoid any problems, that is what I would do

Upgrades are always troublesome



Somewhere you lost me, do what?
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Posted 29 November 2009 - 03:44 PM

Would it be easier to just re-install Vista from scratch and them upgrade to 7

To avoid any problems, that is what I would do

Upgrades are always troublesome



Somewhere you lost me, do what?

hi,,,, i think Mark is recommending you clean install vista onto the drive you intend using,,,, then manual download the full sp1 from microsofts site to save time,,, and then let windows updator do the rest untill sp2 is installed,,, once all up to date, then do a mirror image of the drive with a fully updated vista os,,, and then install windows 7,,,, if all goes pete tong (wrong) format the drive and reinstall the mirror image you did of a fully updated vista,,,, something like that i think :huh:
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Posted 29 November 2009 - 05:13 PM

Would it be easier to just re-install Vista from scratch and them upgrade to 7

To avoid any problems, that is what I would do

Upgrades are always troublesome



Somewhere you lost me, do what?

hi,,,, i think Mark is recommending you clean install vista onto the drive you intend using,,,, then manual download the full sp1 from microsofts site to save time,,, and then let windows updator do the rest untill sp2 is installed,,, once all up to date, then do a mirror image of the drive with a fully updated vista os,,, and then install windows 7,,,, if all goes pete tong (wrong) format the drive and reinstall the mirror image you did of a fully updated vista,,,, something like that i think :huh:



Still dumbfounded here, I can understand you recommendation but how did you deduce that from his reply?
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Posted 30 November 2009 - 04:03 AM

im telepathic. :huh:
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Posted 30 November 2009 - 09:09 AM

im telepathic. :huh:



LOL ! Indeed you are !
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