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In-place Upgrade Vs Custom Install


I have three ways to upgrade my copy of home premium to professional: windows anytime upgrade, in-place upgrade (install windows over windows) and custom install.

I have two goals: a resulting win 7 professional installation with maximum stability and reliability; and no 'left-over' folders and files. By 'left-overs' i mean any folders and files from home premium now rendered unnecessary by upgrading to professional as well as uninstall folders (to revert to home premium).

A custom install achieves both goals, but it means i have to reinstall, update and setup all my software all over again.

An upgrade installation leaves left-overs behind. (And the conventional wisdom is that a clean install offers the possibility of improved stability and reliability vs. An upgrade. )

How about windows anytime upgrade - does it achieve both my goals?


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