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HD Space for Vista to Win7 Upgrade


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#1 RAPHelp

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 02:37 PM

Want to upgrade wife's notebook to Win 7 but upgrade advisor says there are only 12Gb of HD free on C: and 16Gb is required. (The HDD is partitioned and there are > 50 Gb on the D: drive).

I realize that Win7 would replace Vista - so does that mean there's enough space for the upgrade ?

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 03:25 PM

You're not saying how big is C partition, to start with.
Please, post some other computer info:
- processor type, amount of RAM (hold Windows logo key, hit Pause/Break key)

Vista and 7, after a while of use, will compound 15GB to 20GB in Windows folder alone, so I doubt, you'll get anywhere with the current drive size. Still, we need to know, what is entire drive size.

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 03:47 PM

sorry

Processor 1.86 GHz, Intel T1500

RAM 2 Gb

HDD C partition: 43.9 Gb, 11.5 Gb free
D Partition: 97.2 Gb, 96.0 Gb free

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 03:57 PM

Processor itself, is little bit slow (Vista/7 "like" to be on dual core), but it depends on for what your laptop is used. If nothing too demanding, you should be OK.
First of all, clean install is always 100% better, than an upgrade.
If you want to keep your current drive, I'd back up your data, remove both partitions, create new one (140GB drive will have plenty of space) and install fresh copy of Windows 7.

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 04:38 PM

OK - Thank you.

Notebook is basically used for email and lite surfing. (Anything 'heavy duty' is done on my desktop.)

The notebook was 'preloaded' and 'prepartitioned' so starting from scratch would probably be a good thing ... and besides, there is very little data that needs to be preserved.

Question comes down to cost (as usual). Amazon.com is advertising a Home Premium upgrade for only $90 ... but the full version is $152. Is it worth $62 more?

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 05:05 PM

You can perform clean Windows 7 installation with upgrade DVD:
Clean Install Windows 7 with Upgrade Media (DVD)

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 06:45 PM

Great

THANK YOU

Looks like that will be my path

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