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    Tech explained - Upgrading to Windows 7

    Microsoft?s Windows 7 operating system (OS) lands at retail stores on October 22nd 2009. Here?s what you need to know if you?re planning an upgrade.
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    Re: Tech explained - Upgrading to Windows 7

    Geez you got me all worried for a moment, but actually the only bit that applies to us over here is the last paragraph pretty much. The rest of the article is great for US readers, but perhaps it could be made clearer at the start that that's the case!

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    Re: Tech explained - Upgrading to Windows 7

    Me also. Im glad there is no option but a clean install of w7 as a clean install feels so nice and fresh and quick

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    Re: Tech explained - Upgrading to Windows 7

    TBH if you are going to do an install? You really should just clean install and start from scratch. It saves alot of hassle and you get a nice spring cleaning too.

    Keep your mydocuments on a different drive and move your outlook file too and you dont even have to presort your files. Everything on C can be blizted.

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    Re: Tech explained - Upgrading to Windows 7

    Quote Originally Posted by dfour View Post
    Me also. Im glad there is no option but a clean install of w7 as a clean install feels so nice and fresh and quick
    IMHO anyone who doesn't do a clean install when upgrading their OS is clearly bonkers... it's the perfect time, and 100% going to have no compatibility issues and old crap floating about. Make the most of your upgrades!!

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    Re: Tech explained - Upgrading to Windows 7

    Just to make it clear to ALL this is for Windows 7 not Windows 7 E.

    Windows 7 E needs a clean install BUT you do not need to have a qualifying Windows operating system installed and activated, you CAN install it on a blank hard drive.

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    Re: Tech explained - Upgrading to Windows 7

    Quote Originally Posted by LegacyOne View Post
    Just to make it clear to ALL this is for Windows 7 not Windows 7 E.
    Apart from the last section, which is for Windows 7 E not Windows 7.

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    Re: Tech explained - Upgrading to Windows 7

    Quote Originally Posted by kingpotnoodle View Post
    IMHO anyone who doesn't do a clean install when upgrading their OS is clearly bonkers...
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    Re: Tech explained - Upgrading to Windows 7

    i would have liked to have been able to upgrade from windows 7rc just so i dont lose any game saves i have but currently have stopped playing pc games as i know i will miss one save file when i reinstall and its always the game i have puts loads of hours in.


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    Re: Tech explained - Upgrading to Windows 7

    Quote Originally Posted by danroyle View Post
    i would have liked to have been able to upgrade from windows 7rc just so i dont lose any game saves i have but currently have stopped playing pc games as i know i will miss one save file when i reinstall and its always the game i have puts loads of hours in.
    I'll probably put a back up copy of my whole windows 7 RC install on a partition somewhere (non-active) so I can pick any data from it for a while before deleting it.

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    Re: Tech explained - Upgrading to Windows 7

    Quote Originally Posted by danroyle View Post
    i would have liked to have been able to upgrade from windows 7rc just so i dont lose any game saves i have but currently have stopped playing pc games as i know i will miss one save file when i reinstall and its always the game i have puts loads of hours in.
    Most decent games save their data to the My Documents folder, and recent good games save that data to the user profile (%userprofile%) in Vista and 7.

    For those which do neither, just back up the game folder before you wipe the drive (to a USB stick/DVDRW/2nd hard drive). Reinstall the game on 7 RTM, then empty the contents of the new game directory and replace it with the contents of the back up. You only have to be careful if hardware changes, as some games won't like the change of hardware and might not run until you delete a configuration file, but those games are few and far between.

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    Re: Tech explained - Upgrading to Windows 7

    I may buy a couple of 1.5TB drives and go for a new Win 7 install, the issue is I don't really need to.
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    The media constantly refer to both the upgrade options and pricing as "complex", but I've yet to see anything complex about either.

    No wonder MS treat us all like dumb shmucks if we're going to be represented by our media as exactly that.

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    Re: Tech explained - Upgrading to Windows 7

    Having used the migration wizard a couple of times recently, I will be using it to transfer my user settings at the very least.

    It's quite a handy tool that does save you some stress when doing a clean install.

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    Re: Tech explained - Upgrading to Windows 7

    so retailers can charge double now because they have to back up before upgrading cool ... thks Microsoft. That is one way to stimulate the economy.

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    Wake me when ultimate is £40

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