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?

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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.

Posted On: 2010-05-09 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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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 .

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 .

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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. )

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

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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.
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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?

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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.

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

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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.

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

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