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Xp To Vista To 7 Or Xp To 7?


My hard drive just crashed. Dell is sending me a new one. When i reinstall my os i can either use the xp or vista cd's. I bought a vista laptop with an xp downgrade.system meets specs for windows 7. Would like to switch to 7. Is my best strategy to install vista and then buy a windows 7 upgrade and install it? I have all the drivers and other items that were on my laptop on reinstall disks. Think that i should put them back into its native environment and then upgrade to 7. Make sense? Also, i think the 7 upgrade is cheaper than the outright program.

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Posted On: 2010-03-29 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-10-20 . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-01-25 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-01-11 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-02-13 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-03-03 . View Related Posts . . View 9 Replies .

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

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I just spent 28 hours downloading my student copy of windows 7 from microsoft it's not cheating (i'm also getting a dvd version in the mail in a couple of weeks but couldn't wait)

Now when it comes to installing, it will not let me upgrade from vista home premium to windows 7, despite the fact that the upgrade advisor said i can upgrade. It gave me the option but then said i cannot and need to do a clean installation.

I don't understand? I cannot do a clean installation either until my dvd arrives and would prefer  to do the upgrade instead.

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Posted On: 2010-02-22 . View Related Posts . . View 8 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-06-26 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-05-22 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-01-26 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-03-30 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-01-04 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-07-02 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-03-06 . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-03-04 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .