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    Turning off AV when upgrading to Win7

    Upgrading Vista to Win7. MS instructs turn off anti-virus and also indicates that the update may take some time.If online I don't like going without AV. Is turning it off necessary? If so what is the way I can do this with the least amount of time with it off (e.g. install from CD before going online for updates, etc)?

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    Hi allerder, welcome to the Lounge.
    First of all, forget doing an upgrade, it seems to cause trouble. Next, copy everything you can to a spare HDD, especially keys for paid software. Put the Win7 disk in the cd drive and reboot, do everything as instructed BUT don't enter the key. When installation completes, do it all again exactly. Install your AV of choice plus all the updates. If all is well, activate.
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    Win 7 does not care whether you use full install or upgrade media. I also recommend a custome (clean) install as you do not have any leftover problems an upgrade install may present. Pop in the Win 7 DVD, boot and choose to install. When given the option, choose custom install. Point to the Vista partition and go to town. I found it took less than an hour to do the install. Customizing was much longer. You will have to reinstall all your apps. When you do a custom install, a folder is created on the C Drive called windows.old. This folder contains the entire Vista OS and can be opened like any other folder to allow you to drag all data (favorites, links, app data, everything) to the new OS. This method of install will give a much cleaner and pristene Win 7 installation. You can activate as soon as the original installation is completed. Even though you are custom (clean) installing Win 7 will see the Vista partition and install as if you are doing an upgrade. Rode Runner's method is if you are installing to a new HD with the Upgrade media.

    If you are uncomfortable conected to the internet while the Av is disabled, simple unplug the internet from your PC during the installation.
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    Windows Upgrade Advisor is advisable, chiefly because it will direct you to sources of necessary updates - in other words, leave it in place for a time after you have installed Win 7 as well as before doing so. It's free, and if you are thinking of migrating I suggest you install it at once.

    So long as you are online to a source like Microsoft the only possible source of infection is Microsoft themselves. If you ever did get a virus, you are right at the beginning of everything and can wipe the drive, restore what you had (if you decide on that route), and then start over. You can even have Microsoft Security Essentials ready to install the minute the setup is complete, update it while connected, and then run a full scan, installing a different AV later if you wish to do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allerder View Post
    Upgrading Vista to Win7. MS instructs turn off anti-virus and also indicates that the update may take some time.If online I don't like going without AV. Is turning it off necessary? If so what is the way I can do this with the least amount of time with it off (e.g. install from CD before going online for updates, etc)?
    YES
    First of all, if your planning to go the upgrade route, doing the upgrade is the only thing you need to be doing. So disable your AV software
    and unplug you internet connection while the upgrade is in progress. Make certain you have everything you need before you start the upgrade, like drivers.
    And make certain you have a means to recover everything should the upgrade fail.

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