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Ugrade Version or Clean Install Version?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by lagunasrfr, Jan 31, 2007.

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  1. lagunasrfr

    lagunasrfr Thread Starter

    Feb 13, 2005
    If I buy a full Vista disk, can I UPGRADE from my current XP SP2 system (keeping my applications) with it? Or, do I have to do a clean install and reload all of my applications?

    This http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/buyorupgrade/upgradepaths.mspx is not totally clear, but it looks like you do not have the option to UPGRADE from the clean install version.

    I am aware I can use dual-boot with the clean install version, but does that mean I have to re-install applications in the Vista partition

    Summary: Can I UPGRADE from the clean install disk?

    One other question:

    I understand Vista's backup/restore is different and perhaps not too flexible. I have had great success with MS's NTBACKUP program. Can I use it with Vista?
  2. Doom_Machine


    Jun 26, 2005
    with full..you can upgrade and keep favorites/settings/email...etc

    i have ultimate full...let me check here
    stupid box is almost impossible to open sometimes, you have to hold it just right to open easy **frustrated**

    for antivirus..update it then disable it before you upgrade
    ok it also says for upgrade you can keep your current settings/programs, user accounts,files
    however it does recommend to backup files n stuff to disc before you install

    you can dual boot..i dont know if you have to reinstall apps in vista, i assume you can use transfer tool to do that

    with upgrade edition..you must have an activated valid XP installed first
    with full edition....well its obvious

    i kinda doubt you could use NT backup but who knows, give it a shot
  3. techy689


    Jan 9, 2007
    Also, with upgrade edition you will no longer be able to use your previous version of XP.
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