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Clean install vs. Win7 upgrade

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Grabster2724, Nov 19, 2012.

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  1. Grabster2724

    Grabster2724 Thread Starter

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    Greetings -

    I posted a question about a suddenly slow Vista machine in the Vista forum... was told I had registry issues and a clean install of Vista would be required -

    However - if I upgrade to Win7 - will this wipe out all docs and programs currently on the computer, or can it be done to fix registry and system issues - without totally wiping out the whole computer in the process?

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  2. Grabster2724

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    Greetings -

    I posted a question about a suddenly slow Vista machine in the Vista forum... was told I had registry issues and a clean install of Vista would be required - I am exploring options

    Is an upgrade from SP1 to SP2 enough to address registry and system issues?

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    In case I have to do a clean install of Vista - is there a good step-by-step for doing this?


    Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving!
     
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    i have merged your post

    Please do not duplicate multiple post across the forum -
     
  4. flavallee

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    How to do a clean install of Windows Vista:

    http://www.blackviper.com/os-install-guides/windows-vista-install-guide/

    How to do a clean install of Windows 7:

    http://www.blackviper.com/os-install-guides/windows-7-install-guide/

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    A clean install will wipe out all the personal data in your computer, so you need to back it up to external media first.

    A clean install will require you to reinstall your programs and extras afterwards.

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    Not likely, but at least it's a start. SP2 was released a long time ago.

    Boot to the Vista installation DVD, format the partition to which you are going to install, and install.

    I suppose there is an outside chance that you could get tremendously lucky, but most likely you will just carry over all problems and maybe create a few more. When I install a new operating system I always prefer a clean install as I don't wish to carry over any as-yet-unknown problems. And I certainly would not put any effort into preserving known problems.
     
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    I agree with Terry.

    A clean install may be more time-consuming, but it insures that no problems are carried over from the already-installed Windows version, and it gives your computer a clean start.

    Doing an upgrade may also fail because of the current issues you're having with the already-installed Windows version.

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