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Getting prepared to switch to 7, got questions first.


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#1 doingitwell

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 11:16 PM

I'm about done with the Vista issues and getting ready to do a clean install of WIN 7. But before I do this I would like some comments on my current thoughts. I have several programs that I've gotten of the net. I have all the programs saved so no problem there. Here is my concern, if I copy all my programs over to removable media, install 7, then install each program one by one until finished, is this the best way to do it?

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 08:32 AM

Windows 7 will Create a folder called Windows.old which has your Old OS on it When it done you can transfer files between folders. You can copy all the programs onto a external drive to be sure that you dont lose your programs. I not saying that you will lose it but Windows will automatically backup your OS in that folder Windows.old once you install windows 7

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 08:48 AM

doingitwell, I think your way is the best way - to backup all needed stuff on a removable disk. If you are sure (think many times) that you have backed up all files from Vista partition and you do not need any more files, then I would suggest to format the Vista partition during Windows 7 setup.

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 08:58 AM

might not be a bad idea to make a drivers list too so you can get them if 7 doesn't detect them automatically.

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 12:02 PM

I think I'm going to go with what I mentioned as I don't want any part of Vista on the HDD when starting the install of 7. Which prompts another question, when installing 7 will it totally clear out Vista if chosen? I'm referring to more info like Romeo said.

I've ran Belarc so I have some info there, I do need to really think this through.

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 02:28 PM

The best alternative...is to do a clean install.

No point in polluting a new install of a new O/S...with residue from the past.

Installing programs...is business as usual, nothing irregular to even consider.

You might also read up on XP compatibility mode...in case your Win 7 install breaks some of your older apps. I've only encountered one and I've installed programs going back to 2000.

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 11:19 PM

Which prompts another question, when installing 7 will it totally clear out Vista if chosen? I'm referring to more info like Romeo said.


During Windows 7 setup, you can choose a partition (in your case choose Vista partition) and click Drive Options (advanced) on the bottom-right. It will show you more options from which you can choose Format. These options are only available when you boot from DVD.

Edited by Romeo29, 17 June 2010 - 11:20 PM.


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Posted 19 June 2010 - 11:04 AM

Thanks all for your help.




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