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    Default Windows 7 - upgrade or full?

    Apologies if this has been asked before, as it most likely has. My laptop came with Windows Vista Home Premium, and I've been running Windows 7 RC and don't want to go back. I was wondering should I get the 7 upgrade or just go for the full release? If I buy the upgrade, is the money I'll save worth avoiding the hassle of reinstalling Vista first?

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    Default Re: Windows 7 - upgrade or full?

    A complete fresh install is always better than a upgrade.

    Places like Ascent - scroll down to Operating systems - will sell you OEM copies.
    Of course you will need to install some drivers etc, as W7 wont pick them all up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kettles View Post
    Apologies if this has been asked before, as it most likely has. My laptop came with Windows Vista Home Premium, and I've been running Windows 7 RC and don't want to go back. I was wondering should I get the 7 upgrade or just go for the full release? If I buy the upgrade, is the money I'll save worth avoiding the hassle of reinstalling Vista first?

    thanks!
    Food for thought: I bought the retail (full) version of Windows 7 Ultimate off eBay for NZ$265, new and sealed, from an Australian seller. This is cheaper than even any OEM versions of Windows 7 that I could find listed on PriceSpy. Saved me $200 off the same product selling in NZ. And yes, it's a genuine Microsoft product, as I activated it with Microsoft.
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    Default Re: Windows 7 - upgrade or full?

    It is possible to do a clean install with upgrade media (by way of a double install), so whichever is cheaper is what you should get (unless you don't like the double install idea).
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    Default Re: Windows 7 - upgrade or full?

    Ahhh- tell me more?
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    Default Re: Windows 7 - upgrade or full?

    See http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/cle...rade_media.asp - method 3 is the one I used for Vista.
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    Default Re: Windows 7 - upgrade or full?

    To explain a little further - I have a Toshiba M300-900 laptop I bought last July with Vista OS. I then got an upgrade disc from Toshiba in about October which I used to upgrade to Windows 7 OS. It worked - took for ages to complete - about 7 hours from whoa to go.

    However - the lappy now takes quite a while to boot up (didn't before with Vista) and I would prefer to partition C drive, have the OS and programmes there, and keep my data on a separate partition. Then I would use Acronis to make an image of the drive.

    Can I do that now? With the upgrade disc I have? What do you think??

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    Yes. Partition the drive and set users/passwords in the first install, then upgrade. Basically it's upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 7.
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    Great - thanks for that...
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    Default Re: Windows 7 - upgrade or full?

    about 7 hours from whoa to go.
    In that amount of time you can completely reinstall from fresh (three times easily) install all programs & replace data, and it will run better than an upgrade.

    A fresh install of W7 takes approx 20-30 minutes. Then the drivers & windows updates. Then add in what ever programs. (done two PC's today before lunch one after the other) and still had time to muck about.

    Edited: all I have to do is transfer one persons data - about 30 GB.
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