Upgrade XP to Vista then to Win 7?

June 17, 2010 at 18:30:44
Specs: Windows XP, 1.5
HI all
I have an Accer computer with full XP instaled on it. I do have the CD for upgrading to Vista witch was on my computer before i came back to my XP. My question is: Can i do an upgrade from the XP to the Vista and then upgrading to windows 7. It would be easier for me because if i keep the XP i think i do need a clean install of windows 7
thanks in advance

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#1
June 17, 2010 at 19:26:03
This is possible but not really recommended. In the interests of best stability and avoidance of problems a clean install is to be preferred over an upgrade. A double upgrade is doubling the chances of a problem occuring.

An upgrade may appear to save time because you avoid the need to reinstall applications. This is not always the case, particularly if there are problems during the upgrade.

In any event you should run the Windows 7 upgrade adviser. This will warn you of most driver or application incompatibilities before the upgrade or install. This can save you a great deal of time and trouble.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1b544e90-7659-4bd9-9e51-2497c146af15&displaylang=en


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#2
June 17, 2010 at 20:14:59
Back Up - Back Up - Back Up - Back Up - Back Up - Back Up

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.


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#3
June 18, 2010 at 04:44:01
Why not just use a Virtual Machine for Windows 7?

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#4
June 18, 2010 at 06:14:20
You are definately better off with a clean install. Back up you files to a separate drive/media and verify that it is accessable. When you install, choose custom and delete the XP partition completely. Then recreate the partition(s) and format NTFS (I prefer the full format) and install. You should at least consider more than one partition, with two partitions (one for Windows 7 and programs and one for files) you have the advantage of being able to reinstall windows and your programs without disturbing your files if a disaster happens. With three partitions (one for Windows 7, one for your programs, and one for your files) you have the advantage of being able to reinstall Windows without even needing to reinstall your programs typically.
If your old drive is servicable but rather small, you may consider purchasing a new larger drive, remove the older one, partition and install all on the new drive. When all is running well, reinstall the old drive as a second hard drive and transfer your files over to the new drive. Then format the old drive and use it as your back up destination for your files.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.


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#5
June 18, 2010 at 11:39:46
Thanks to all. It is not that i canot do any back ups because i do have all the hard drives i need for this. I was just trying to save the hasle of doing it. well i guess i will do a clean install.

Thank you all


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#6
June 18, 2010 at 13:05:08
I think you were on the right track of upgrading to Vista and then to Windows 7....although a fresh install is always better, you will have the hassle of finding drivers that are compatible. The choice is yours

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