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    Should I install Win 7 directly over XP or go via a Vista Upgrade?

    Hello All,

    I have an unused Vista disk and a machine I need to upgrade from XP to Win 7.
    Is there any advantage in installing the Vista disk first and then upgrading to Win 7?. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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    You can forget about Vista.
    Think about a dual boot of Win XP and Win 7 depending on your circumstances.

    Edit: Here is a bit of info on a dual Boot....Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
    Last edited by tfspry; 2011-03-12 at 20:28. Reason: added dual boot link

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    You can't do an in place upgrade from XP to 7. If you install 7 over XP, you will have to reinstall all your apps. Altough you could upgrade in place from Vista, the long term less problematic way to install would, indeed, be clean install from XP. Some tools can help you migrate your current settings (Windows Easy Transfer) and there are other (paid) apps that can even migrate your apps (Laplink PC mover).

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    Thanks very much for your help...much appreciated with the website info.

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    Thanks for your help; much appreciated.

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    Do the Custom (Clean install) Going through Vista will propagate and problems you might have in XP to Vista, then again propogate those problems to Win 7. Plus it's much easier for something to screw up.

    The Custom install directly over the XP partition will create a folder in your new root directory (C Drive) called windows.old. This folder contains the entire old OS so you can grab stuff (data, not apps) and move it to the new OS. All apps will have to be reinstalled. Be sure to run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor and check out the Windows 7 Compatibility Center.
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    Thanks again. I think I'll buy Laplink, sounds like it's the easiest way to transfer programs.

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    First, download and install and run the FREE Windows 7 Upgrade Adviser from Microsoft on your XP computer. Much of your software and drivers for peripherals may not be compatible with Windows 7; in fact it may cost you a fortune to replace that stuff. That is the benefit of having a dual boot: you would still be able to use the computer as the familiar XP computer with everything working while having Windows 7 available as well, giving you time to make the transition. The LapLink program is PC Mover, not LapLink itself.

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    Check out Windows Easy Transfer app as well.
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    Not sure how old is your hardware. My experience with migrating from XP to 7 64 was pretty satisfying. I did run the upgrade advisor and no serious issues were found. I also used Laplink's PC mover and almost all programs moved fine. Had to repair Office 2007 installation and that was the only issues.

    My experience is that anything that ran on Vista will run on 7 and better than it did on Vista. Unless you have very old hardware, you shouldn't have many issues, but the upgrade adviser will give you all the info you need. Even my Tecra M4, a laptop purchased in 2006, works fine in Windows 7.
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