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Upgrade Or Custom Install


I had my hard drive crash a few days ago and dell is sending a replacement. The system came with vista home premium installed and i upgraded it to windows 7 in oct. I know i have to reinstall vista first. My question is twofold. Will i need to download all the vista updates before upgrading to windows 7? And, since i'm basically starting from scratch (no worry about files, settings, etc. ), Would it be better to opt for the upgrade option or use the custom option for a clean install? Any and all advice is appreciated.

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Custom Installation Vs Upgrade Install

I'm planning on upgrading my vista 64 bit to windows 7 using my upgrade discs i got from hp. I'd like to make a clean installation rather than an upgrade install but there is a warning in the manual that if i choose to custom install, i may need to reinstall drivers that are not included in my discs. What does this mean? Does this mean that if i custom install windows 7, i may need to download programs in order to run my mouse, keyboard etc? (Sorry i'm an no computer techie).

Also just in general, is there a big performance difference between custom install and upgrade install?


Posted On: 2010-01-07 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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?


Posted On: 2010-02-18 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Vista Upgrade Or Custom Install

I'm trying to decide whether to do a vista upgrade or custom install to windows 7. I have a lot of programs/files that came originally with my vista computer or were downloaded through updates to my computer. I am not sure if they are necessary for my computer to run or not. My question is if the windows 7 upgrade is smart enough to only keep the necessary programs/filesor will my computer keep all of the vista files and use up unnecessary disc space? I hope my question makes sense.

Posted On: 2010-02-10 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Upgrade Vs Custom

I haven't seen this question anywhere so i figured i'd come straight to the source. I just saw on one of the information pages for upgrading to windows 7 if i already own a legitimate copy of window xp or vista that i can buy and use any package which states "upgrade". Is this true? I understand that upgrading my winxp machines will mean a custom install but if you tell me i can do it from an "upgrade" package why would the sales people in the stores tell me i cannot do this? Obviously they want me to get the higher priced product but why contradict something that's easily found on your pages? Also, can i do an upgrade from a "full" product purchase?

Posted On: 2010-05-10 . View Related Posts . . View 9 Replies .

Programs Left Over After Custom Install

I did a custom install thinking it would wipe everything from my computer like windows said it would, but it did not. Of course, there is the old windows file, which was a really cool thing for microsoft to do. The problem is now when i go to uninstall or change a program it only lists programs installed after the upgrade.

But all of my old programs are still in my program files. What was the point of a custom install if nothing was deleted? Are those programs no longer in my registry or installed, and now i can just delete them from my program files? If not, how can i get what windows told me it would do, and clean my computer up by doing a true fresh install?


Posted On: 2009-10-26 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Custom Install Of Win 7 Fails

I have a full (not upgrade) copy of windows 7. The boot disk on my windows xp computer is in a removable tray, so i just removed the xp drive and put a new empty drive in the tray without having to open the case.

I proceeded to installing 64-bit windows 7 on the empty drive, including a pre-install of the disk controller drivers which allowed setup to see the drive. Everything went fine until the process got to "completing installation" and the computer hung. No keyboard or mouse activity was accepted. Both are wired, not usb, if that matters.

I reset the computer and tried to boot into windows 7, but it complained that the setup had failed and to try it again. I tried restarting the install 3 times and each time the "old" windows was saved to a windows. Old file, with incremented extensions. Each "old" folder is around 36 gb. I found this information by attaching the drive via usb to another computer so i could investigate what was on it.

I can't understand what could be causing the failure. I have recently done extensive testing of hard drive and memory with no apparent errors. Are there any logs of the setup on that drive that might explain the cause of the failed install?


Posted On: 2010-01-29 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Ms Mail Custom Upgrade

I am running vista, and have used ms mail for the last couple of years. I am trying to do an upgrade to win 7, and want to do a clean (custom) install. I just bought a copy of office 2007 with outlook, that i will install as soon as win 7 is installed.

When i try to export my mail from ms mail via ms exchange, so that i can move a . Pst to a memory stick and import it into outlook, i get a "the export could not be performed. An error occurred while initializing mapi" error. I'm stuck. I can't upgrade windows, because i'll lose my emails. I can't install ms outlook and do it, because i'll just lose it when i upgrade. Thoughts?


Posted On: 2010-04-23 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Will Custom Install Format Hard Drive ?

Just need to know if windows 7 "custom" install will reformat my hard drive, or simply install a clean version of windows? I have xp right now and i want to do a clean windows 7 install, but i want to leave my data on the hard drive, like my pictures, mp3's, documents, etc. I don't care if it deletes all my installed programs because i want to re-install my programs anyway. I just want to know if the "custom" install option reformats the entire drive, that's all. Anyone?

Posted On: 2009-11-04 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Could Custom Program Files Location Be Specified Before Install ?

Could a custom "program files" location be specified before windows vista is install on a computer?

I'm a fan of running the windows operating system on low capacity high speed disks and off loading my programs and documents/data to other disks. This is a simple enough operation for the documents/data but there aren't a lot of options for the program files.

A popular windows "tweak" idea that gets close to what i want to do (if it actually worked) is tweaking the default program files location stored in registry so, as new programs are installed the default location given reflects the custom location specified.

The problem with this is the program file location values in registry do more then provide a default location for installing software. The programs that vista installs on the "c drive" during a normal installation need these keys unchanged if they're to be referred to correctly later on. So like many keys in the windows registry, they provide an answer to multiple versions of an inquiry and changing the answer tends to have further reaching effects then one might think.

So, as for solving this problem around separating programs from os, i see only two possible choices (neither of which i know how to pull off currently):

1. Make the change to the default program location before windows vista is installed (with a custom install disk or the like) so my custom program location is address from the get go, making every thing (windows programs included) install accordingly and insuring that there aren't multiple program locations to be confused over.

2. Some how, do some crafty registry work that would operate as follows: if a program asks for a default location to install a program, provide the custom location i specified, leaving the "programfilespath" and "programfilesdir" keys unaffected for the sake of the windows programs that by default exist on the c drive.


Posted On: 2009-11-01 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Custom Install - Cd/dvd Device Driver Is Missing

I am doing a custom install in windows 7. After clicking on install i get a message, a required cd/dvd device driver is missing. How can i resolve this problem?

Posted On: 2009-11-18 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Custom Upgrade From Vista Wont Start

I am currently running windows vista home premium 6. 0. 6002 service pack 2 build 6002 (32 bit). It is regularly updated by windows update and has passed the windows genuine test.

I have bought a windows 7 home premium upgrade pack and as i want to access the full machine memory i want to install the 64-bit version. I am carefully following the "upgrading from windows vista to windows 7 (custom installation)" instructions. Upgrade advisor says i can do it. However, when i insert the 64-bit disk it says that this version is not compatible with my current operating system and does nothing and does not offer me the "custom install" option.

The 32-bit disk does work, but its not what i want.
Can anyone assist?


Posted On: 2010-03-13 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Custom Install - Program-files And Program Files X86

Custom install from windows vista hp 32 bit to windows 7 hp 64 bit leave 2 program files - "program files" and "program files (x86). Mostly same files in either folder. If x86 is needed, i don't mind but why duplicate entries with items like windows mail. I tried to to delete program files x86 without any success, and i would like to delete system-32 files in the windows folder plus any other 32 bit related items, if possible.

I do not want a system with duplicate and redundant files. Because two items that i downloaded and installed appear in both program files, i'm suspending any further actions on the installation until i'm fortunate enough to receive some help and/or advice from this forum.


Posted On: 2009-10-30 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Upgrade As Clean Install Using Upgrade Media Using One Hard Drive

I need help with planning my upgrade to windows 7 from windows xp pro. Can i do this upgrade as a clean install using upgrade media if i've only got one hard drive? I'm currently running 32-bit windows xp professional and want to upgrade to 64-bit windows 7 professional.

My laptop only has one hard drive on it, so installing "fresh" to a separate hd isn't possible. Since i already back up all my data to an external hd, i'd like to just format the internal hd and install windows 7 onto that. Will that be possible though using upgrade media? How does it verify my existing xp pro license?


Posted On: 2009-10-05 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Custom Mouse Keystrokes

The manufacturer of my mouse/keyboard have software for my mouse to allow me to change the features of each button on my mouse. Unfortunately, it is bundled with a bluetooth connection assistant which either i allow it to run at startup prompts me to connect my mouse which is a 5-10 min process and gets very annoying during update time, etc or when i am in a hurry just to check email and leave again. Or, i disable it from startup and none of my bluetooth devices are functional.

So, my only option to have my mouse/keyboard working without those annoyances would be to uninstall all of the bundled software and let windows manage my connections. A+ to microsoft for this one! With a simple mouse i wouldn't really need to set the buttons for anything, but this mouse has 13 different buttons to worry about and a select few of them are working without the extra software. Where in windows can i set my different keystrokes for different tasks, such as volume up/down, browser back/forward, media play/pause, etc? Or is there a 3rd party application that allows such?


Posted On: 2010-02-24 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

How Can I Setup A Custom Keyboard?

I'm trying to set up a keyboard such that each key is exactly where i want it. It's for arabic and i'd like the letters to be the nearest sounding english equivalent rather than the way the setup is in the arab world. So for example i want to be able to access a list and say: english arabica §
B šis there a way of doing this?


Posted On: 2010-06-29 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Custom Installation - How Do I Restore Programs?

If i do a custom installation of windows over an old installation, how do i restore programs? Is it possible to restore the programs on the previous installation, i.e. From their installation folders in windows. Old? Or, will they not work due to registry keys left behind?

Posted On: 2009-12-01 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Upgrade Or Clean Install

I have a dell studio one 1909 that is being serviced soon because the motherboard went out.
I ordered and received the window 7 upgrade packet from dell several months ago but was too chicken to complete the upgrade from the horror stories i have read. Would now be a good time to do this upgrade?  Would a "clean install" be better? Can i still do the upgrade or install of windows 7 even after the january 2010 free upgrade program deadline? Will i have any problems registering or activating window 7 now?


Posted On: 2010-04-29 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Upgrade Vs Fresh Install

I'm getting conflicting information from retailers.computer repairmen and on the web about windows 7 upgrade. I'm currently running vista and am experiencing very slow response. I was advised by a retailer to buy a full version of widows 7 rater than a up grade so that i could do a complete fresh install from vista 32 bit to 7 64 bit and completely get rid of all traces of vista. My computer will support 64 bit. After i bought the full version i've had others tell me that i could do the same complete fresh install with an upgrade version.

I've just purchased a laptop with  7 installed like what i see and want 7 on the desk top to take advantage of a home network. Can anyone clear this up once and for all? Have i been swindled? 


Posted On: 2010-02-12 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Can An Upgrade Be A Clean Install?

A friend of mine is getting a free upgrade to windows 7 home premium, as he bought a laptop right before windows 7 was released. Yes, it really is taking this long for people to get their upgrade discs through arvato. His question to me, and which i'm posing here because i have no personal experience, is whether the windows 7 upgrade disc can be installed as a clean install. I have advised him to do a clean install if at all possible, because of the many problems we've heard from people who have done in-place upgrades from vista. It's just that neither of us is sure of the mechanics of how to do that (or whether it's possible).

Posted On: 2010-04-13 . View Related Posts . . View 12 Replies .

Install Before Computer Upgrade

I'm about to upgrade an older computer to windows 7. I've got a copy that i'd put on my home machine to test, now will be adding memory and windows 7 to my studio computer.

I've got a project that sorely needs the extra memory, which will require the 64bit os. My memory should be here before my 2nd copy of windows 7. So the question is, can i install from the disk i have, and activate with the new disk and serial number when it shows up?

I don't remember when in the install process it asks for the number.

If that would work, could i go ahead and start the process before the memory even gets here? I know if you change too much, windows thinks it's a new machine. But don't know how much of that it will let you get away with before it calls the feds.


Posted On: 2010-02-22 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

When I Install Upgrade, Will I Lose All My Programs ?

When i install the upgrade, will i lose all my programs? Programs such as:

Nero 8 essentials
Avg 9
Adobe photoshop & reader
Skype
Itunes
Debut video capture
Ms works se & ms office enterprise
Internet explorer 8
Google chrome

Do i need to update to latest versions of all the above before the upgrade? Will i lose any songs purchased in itunes?


Posted On: 2010-03-31 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Key Was For Upgrade And Not For Clean Install

When i purchased windows 7 online from the ultimate steal, it wasn't clear that it was an upgrade until it was too late and i'd already paid for it. Since it was intended for my brand new tower i have no previous operating system to upgrade from. I managed to do a fresh install regardless from a bootable disk. When i went online to enter the product key, it told me it was for the upgrade and not a clean install. I have 27 days to enter a product key. The reason i got it online was because of the offer for students. Being a student i can't afford to pay for a whole new operating system again and was wondering what i could do to avoid this?

Posted On: 2010-01-03 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Can I Install Win 7 As An Upgrade Over Vista?

I have windows vista home premium 64 bit. Can i install windows 7 as an upgrade over my current vista, or or do i have to do a clean install (wiping out all my settings)?

Will i loose the current boot loader? Wil i loose my current partitions? Currently i have 2 primary partitions, 1st is for windows, 2nd is for data (both ntfs). Also, a 3rd is an extended partition with 2 logical drives, 1 ext and 1 swap (both used by ubuntu linux 9).

My final question is, for vista there were 32 bit and 64 bit versions, which had to be purchased individually. I don't see this while trying to reserve windows 7 home premium, will the setup allow me to select the version i want?


Posted On: 2009-06-26 . View Related Posts . . View 11 Replies .

Clean Install With Upgrade Media

Well my computer had rescue discs but since they were proven to be functionally useless i was stuck with a very buggy system after a recently (read: yesterday) reformat/reinstall. Well, things have been screwed up to the point where i need to start fresh. I purchased win7 pro x86 and have that installed currently. My comp shipped with vista and that is what is contained (somewhere i'm sure) within my useless rescue discs. My question is if i could perform a clean install over my existing win7 install w/o any problems using my upgrade disc. Please help; i am tired and fed up and could really use a hand.

Posted On: 2010-06-05 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

How To Clean Install With Upgrade Media?

I had a virus and my windows vista (64 bit) system crashed and would not re-boot. First, i tried to restore the system to the dell factory setting (like new) but it still will not start. Then, on a different machine, i downloaded "darik's boot and nuke" to cd. I plan to nuke my system and then upgrade to windows 7. How do i validate that i have a license for this computer, allowing me to use the upgrade w7 disc? Ps  it is a dell machine that came with vista 64 bit pre-installed.

Posted On: 2010-05-29 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Cannot Install Office 2007 Upgrade

I was running the eval version of windows 7. Since it expires tomorrow, i did the new install of windows 7 tonight - ran just fine. Then i put in my office 2007 standard upgrade to install, but it says it can't find a qualifying product. I tried pointing it to the office 2k7 directory in windows. Old that was created during the win7 install, but that is not working. (i.e. C:windows. Oldprogram files (x86)microsoft officeoffice12)

Do i really need to go install older software, then upgrade again, etc. ? This is frustrating! The upgrade edition box clearly says that it will work with any component of office 2007. So it should run. Why isn't it recognizing the old install files in the win. Old folder?


Posted On: 2010-03-01 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Cannot Clean Install With Upgrade Media

I recently reformatted my hard drive because of multiple errors and the like piling up on my system. After installing windows again and installing my applications, i remembered i skipped registration during the setup process, so i went to activate my key, and i got this error:
The following failure occured while trying to use the product key:

Code:
0xc004f061

Description: the software licensing service determined that this specified product key can only be used for upgrading, not for clean installations. This is very bad for me, because i got my copy of windows with the student discount via download, and unless there is a workaround or microsoft would kindly reinstate my product key, then i will have no pc. My pc will expire in 27 days, please help microsoft.


Posted On: 2010-05-01 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Usb Ms Intellimouse Custom Button Assignments Are Not Working

Using a 4 button usb ms intellimouse for autocad with windows 7 and the custom button assignments aren't holding. Im using a 4 button usb ms intellimouse with win7 and when i set the buttons to use custom keystrokes for use with autocad, the buttons work but if i were to shut the machine down and restart it, the button assignments get wiped and i have to reassign them. I have uninstalled and reinstalled the latest drivers but that didn't help. Anyone have any clues or suggestions?

Posted On: 2009-12-01 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Preventing Windows To Wiping Out Custom Toolbars From Taskbar

How to prevent windows to wiping out custom toolbars from the taskbar, i have a big issue with windows 7. I have two custom tollbars in my taskbar, one to simulate a windows xp quick launch and the other to open frequently used text documents. Each time i make a change, for example in ie8 internet options and restart the computer, these custom tollbars are wiped out and disabled. This is not the first time it happens. Last time it happen after having installed a windows update.

How to prevent these unwanted changes? They are very annoying because i have to do a lot of work putting the toolbars again, positioning them correctly and arranging the quick launch icons correctly. I don't like the windows behavior consisting to void years of user's habits each time a new operating system is released and much less its attempts to reset users settings like this. Ny suggestions?


Posted On: 2010-07-02 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .