Upgrading Vista to Windows 7

Gateway / P-6831fx
March 10, 2010 at 17:02:08
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 1.667 GHz / 3069 MB
I am going to do an upgrade from Vista Home premium to Windows 7 Home premium on my Gateway P-6831fx notebook. My system has a recovery drive/partition D:/ on it from the mfgr. Although I have never had to use it,I am comforted by the knowledge that it is there(just in case). My question is, if/when I do the upgrade will it also upgrade the recovery drive/partition D:/ or will it retain the Vista os on there? Any input would be appreciated.
Thank you in advance.
willm

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#1
March 10, 2010 at 20:41:18
If you do a 'clean' install which includes formatting, then that area/partition will probably be gone. If you do an upgrade install, that partition should remain intact (check with Gateway to be absolutely sure). BUT know this, The recovery partition if used will ONLY return the computer to it's ORIGINAL state (No additional programs, No personal files). This is EXACTLY the same as if you had to format and reinstall windows completely from the install disk all over again. With one, you just restart while holding down an 'F' key, with the other, you insert the DVD disk, and restart. If the hard drive goes bad, so does your recovery partition, but with the DVD, you can install on a new hard drive just as easily. With the recovery partition, you go backwards to Vista, with the DVD, you recover back to Windows 7.

In other words, worry about your personal files more with a back up scheme, than windows, and retain all of your program install disks (keep copies of downloaded program installers with your other back ups).

I think you will enjoy Windows 7.


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#2
March 11, 2010 at 02:16:56
when you install win 7, clean or upgrade the d:/ should remain intact, no changes will be made to that drive. so long as you choose c:/ to install clean.
win 7 will NOT upgrade the vista backup on the d:/ drive to a win 7 backup..

after upgrade or clean install, once you have the system running exactly as you like, you can instruct win7 to make a backup of the entire c;/ drive to either another partition or an external drive(recommended), you can also run the save files and settings wizard to do a backup of all personal files daily weekly monthly...

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#3
April 26, 2010 at 00:59:45
ehemmmm. i just wanna ask a question, why my friend he
chose to do an upgrade and he lost the repair option at the
advanced boot option? and im planning to do a clean install to try
if that will make my recovery intact.there is confusion here.i
formatted his laptop back to vista using a dvd and not he repair
option, its missing already. so what about doing a clean install?
in some other forum they say if yuo do a clean install on c only
the recovery option of vista woud still be there.i doubt too.maybe
i need to give it a try.

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#4
April 26, 2010 at 01:08:05
if you install win 7 onto the C:/ drive, it will only make changes to the C;/ drive.

losing the repair option was for the old vista installation.

since you formatted the drive and reinstalled Vista you will have to make a recovery cd for the vista installation.
when you put the recovery cd in it will then offer you the repair function

the system restore option is initiated by pressing a key or multiple keys at boot like F10, (not sure what you use on a gateway.)

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