I was wondering if the OEM versions of Windows 7 allow you to upgrade from Vista, or are they purely fresh install?
And also, I read somewhere that the Retail Family Pack of Windows 7 allow you to do a fresh install instead of just upgrading like it says on the box.
Anyone have experience with these two?
If you have Vista I'm almost sure it has the option to upgrade or clean install. For my Windows Xp to windows 7 upgrade I had to do a clean install, but maybe not 100% clean. I guess I'm trying to say that when I installed Windows 7 I didn't format the drive clean. Instead I left windows on the system and windows 7 moved it all to an windows.old folder and then it installed itself clean. Windows Vista to windows 7 should be able to keep all your programs and settings in place as best it can, but I highly recommend you do a clean install to avoid any unforeseen issues in the future.
Yes, you would be able to do an upgrade but a clean install is always recommended when installing a new OS because you would be transferring old junk and clutter. Make sure to back up all important data and preform a fresh install.
Thanks for the reply guys, for some reason the forum never emailed that there were responses.
For my own machine, I always start with a fresh install, but for this instance, its for a business that has 1 computer with Vista, 1 computer with XP and then a new computer that I am going to be building. So instead of buying 3 OEM copies I thought the best way would be the Family Pack before its completely gone for good. But I wasnt sure if you could do a clean install. And if it couldnt I would just buy 3 OEM copies, but wasnt sure if you could do an upgrade.
I am so glad that I only do computers as a hobby and not for a job, I would go insane.
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