upgrading Gateway Vista X64 PC to win 7 X64

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January 13, 2011 at 14:32:53
Specs: Windows Vista x64 , Amd phenom 9500/ 8.00 gb ram
I want to upgrade my gateway LX 6200-01 running vista x64 to win 7 x64. My question is that i only have the recovery set that I burned when I purchased this system, would it be better to buy the upgrade or the full install and what problems would I encounter wih either installation. emi

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January 13, 2011 at 20:52:13
Keep the recovery set, it is good to have in case of a problem. First use Microsoft Windows 7 compatibility test (link in the Windows 7 site). Since you have Vista 64bit you SHOULD be OK, but it does not hurt to check. All you need is the upgrade set. If you generally have no major problems, the straight forward upgrade install is all you need, just back up your files to be sure, pop in the disk, restart and follow instructions. If you have been having more trouble and want to do a completely clean install, you can still do it with the upgrade set (unless they changed this recently), you may need to put in your recovery disk or enter the Vista code for proof, but that is all (at worst, you can activate it over the phone with them, but it should not be needed).
It also would be a good idea to download Windows 7 64bit drivers from Gateways site for your model and put them on a flash drive so you are ready to install them when you are done with the installation.

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January 13, 2011 at 21:51:56
if you have a hidden partition on the drive, do not format it, that will be the original recovery partition for your vista, you may need it at some point..
and once you have win 7 working well make an image as well as recovery disk..from the backup center

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January 14, 2011 at 03:13:43
From Fingers "If you have been having more trouble and want to do a completely clean install, you can still do it with the upgrade set (unless they changed this recently)"
That still hasn't changed.

However you can still do a clean instalation if that is what you want on the Vista partition.
To do a clean install load the upgrade disk, select custom instalation, open W7 disk tools quick format the drive and continue.
The validation is done during the boot process, which is why the drive can be formated after the instaler is running. DO NOT format the drive without using the W7 tools or W7 won't be able to validate the upgrade.


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