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    Vista to 7 upgrade

    Please forgive if this has already been covered but Windows 7 file is so huge...

    Anyhow, my granddaughter bought a Sony Viao VGN N320 laptop when she started JC. It came with Vista Home Premium. She changed schools and programs and the Sony wasn't strong enough (or so they said) and had to buy a Dell M90. She put the Sony away.

    Recently I came across the Sony and decided it would be nice to have a spare (laptop) for our use, but she hates the Vista. She can get an Upgrade Windows 7 Professional (x86) through her (newest) school at a very reasonable cost.

    I have been Googling how to use the Upgrade and find that, although a few persons appear to think its fine to simply overlay the 7 Pro, most claim it can't be done and that it MUST be a "clean install".

    As those reports are all from '08 and '09, I wonder if things may have changed. So, my question is whether I can simply overlay the Vista Home Premium with the Windows 7 Professional upgrade or must I do a clean install?

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    I don't know about the proprietary VAIO software (see another thread in this forum for that), but I CAN tell you an inplace install of Win 7 over Vista WILL work. I always prefer to do a clean install whenever possible, but I just upgraded the OS on my 3-1/2 y.o. Dell XPS M1330 without a hitch. I did this because I didn't want to reinstall my (many) programs. The question is, who is going to be the eventual user?? If not your GD, maybe many of the programs she's installed SHOULD be uninstalled, and more appropriate ones installed - the bottom line is - only you can decide. An inplace upgrade IS possible (and easy), tho a clean install is generally preferable. An upgrade disc CAN do a full install, if that's what's holding you up. See these discussions:
    http://www.winsupersite.com/article/...-upgrade-media

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/17428...e_cheaper.html

    Good luck,
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    I would suggest the clean install is the best way to go. This will give the most pristeen OS possible. Upgrading will carry forward any problems no matter how small. When you do a clean install (called custom install by Win 7) a folder is created in the C Drive called windows.old This folder includes the entiree Vista OS. It can be opened as any other folder so you can drag any data from this folder to the new OS (favorites, documents, music, app data, anything) I believe that ultimately this will give you an OS you will be more pleased with. Also more of the problems reported have been caused, it seems, by the in place upgrade.

    The Vaio will work quite well without the Sony software. I have 2 Vaio laptops that both work well without the Vaio software. I clean installed both with Win 7 from Vista of all things, but did the custom (clean) install on those and a third we purchased as a graduation gift for our daughter.
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    I don't think you can upgrade Vista Home to Win 7 Pro. You can do an in place upgrade from Vista 7 Home to Win 7 Home Premium or Win 7 Ultimate. So, with 7 Pro, you need to do a clean install, which is not that bad, but will required a re-installation of all the existing programs, once you complete the 7 install. You can use Windows Easy Transfer (not sure what is the correct name in Vista) to copy your settings from Vista to Windows 7, though. Probably a lounge search will give you details on how to do this copy.

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    Rui is correct. This forum discusses just this issue. Clean install, you will be happier with the result.
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