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July 7, 2017 at 15:32:26
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium, 2.1 GHz / 3.00 GB
what is the difference between an install and a clean install? I have Windows Vista on my computer and need to upgrade to 10. It says that I can do it on a Vista computer IF I do a clean install. Please help

Tammy


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July 7, 2017 at 16:13:50
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A cleaninstall usually means that if there is an OS already present, one will delele/remove it during the installation of another OS. Usually this will be done by the setup process reformatting the partition at the start of the installation of the new OS. The version of the new OS required will be a full version - be it Retail or OEM. A clean install will erase all your personal files if they're in the same partition as the current OS

An upgrade installation is one which requires an upgrade installation version of the new OS. It will upgrade the current OS to a full version of the new OS; allegedly safeguarding personal files in the process. However it's never wise to trust to luck regarding one's personal files, whatver they may.

Just as with a clean install one would first copy personal files to external storage, so too with an upgrade.

An upgrade version will be designed to work with specific versions of previous OS; e.g. Vista allowed an upgrade installation from XP. Win-7 allowed an upgrade from XP and Vista (if I remember correctly). Win-7 did not allow an upgrade from win-9x, whereas I think XP and Vista did...

Many prefer a clean install to an upgrade, as a clean install ensures there are no junk files, residues from another time present in the new installation.

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July 8, 2017 at 08:36:25
" I have Windows Vista on my computer and need to upgrade to 10"

It makes sense to get rid of Vista but no one "needs" to upgrade to Win10.

A clean install is always the better choice but in your case, you have no choice. Vista to Win10 is not a viable upgrade path so a clean install is the only option. As stated above, you'll have to make backup copies of all your important files, docs, photos, videos, music, etc. This is absolutely necessary if you want to keep your files.

Have you purchased a copy of Win10 or have you downloaded the free version? AFAIK, the free version is still available if you're willing to fib & claim you use "assistive technologies". Ever use the onboard keyboard? If you have (or do), then you qualify!

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/acc...

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July 21, 2017 at 15:44:49
riider, I must upgrade to something. Microsoft does not support Vista any more. I use Microsoft essentials and it will not support the antivirus from it. Do you use MS essentials or do you use another antivirus and firewall? I want to make sure I am protected also. And thank you both for responding so quickly. I am sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you.

Tammy


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#4
July 21, 2017 at 16:19:03
bitdefender is regularly suggested here; there are both free and paid for versions.

Most pf us use the free version which does much the same as the paid version - other than you have to manually update it and run it

http://filehippo.com/download_bitde...


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July 26, 2017 at 18:51:45
thanks for the advise.

Tammy


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