Smaller footprint upgrading over Vista or must I clean install?

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Installation' started by Michele, Oct 31, 2009.

  1. Michele

    Michele New Member

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    One of the main reason to go to Windows 7 is for the smaller footprint. But the idea of having to find and reinstall all my programs is a nightmare. I like the idea of upgrading (from Vista home premium on 64 bit), but I can't find any information on upgrading in terms of footprint. If I simply upgrade, is Vista still there in the background, lurking and taking up space? Thanks!
     
  2. busydog

    busydog New Member

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    If you read some of the posts in the forum you will see that upgrading vista to win7 is not guaranteed and leaves some problems after upgrading. I suggest creating some room on your HD and doing a clean install of Win7. That way you can dual boot and bring things over from Vista at your leisure.
     
  3. Peregrine

    Peregrine Honorable Member

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    I upgraded 2 computers from Vista Home Premium 32 bit to Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit doing the in place upgrade. Both upgrades went smoothly. Both computers have around 4 GB more disc space available after the upgrade. Only a couple of minor issues that were easy to deal with (a couple of programs had to be uninstalled and re-installed). The computers start faster, shut down faster, resume from hibernate faster, and are overall just better. Both computers are Dells, one 3 years old and the other 4 years old. They both just work. The whole process took about 3 hours per computer - about 1.5 hours to do the upgrade and then another 1.5 or so to finish tweaking.
     

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