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Vista 64 upgrade to windows 7 viability

By woknow ·
I had been an XP user of long standing, till last spring. Built a new machine and acquired a laptop that both have Vista 64.
Am I going to be able to do an inplace upgrade, with apps and devices that are working on V64, or is this just a really bad idea. My one biggest issue is I have never sucessfully gotten any power management features to work on the desktop (anything related, monitor power off, restart, etc causes a BSOD indicating a device [probably Nvidia] issue) This happened out the box, with updates and troubleshooting. I do video production and I am just burned out on full reinstalls.

Kevin

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Some really Bad news for you then

by OH Smeg In reply to Vista 64 upgrade to windo ...

You should wipe the HDD and do a Clean Install of 7.

Sorry but the Drivers are different to Vista and the only way to do the job properly is to start with a Blank HDD and do a Clean Install.

While M$ does say that you can Upgrade some versions of Vista to 7 it is really a very Bad Idea and if you are using these computers to make money it will cost you considerably more than you save in time & money and then when you finally are feed up with the problems and increased costs you'll do a Clean Install Anyway.

Also I suggest checking your systems with the Windows 7 Upgrade Adviser.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=1b544e90-7659-4bd9-9e51-2497c146af15

Col

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Thanks

by woknow In reply to Some really Bad news for ...

I know the principles, I am just burned out on the continual upgrade, chase bugs and then throw it all away to start over. My main impetus for an upgrade is to get the better/"fixed" version of Vista :)

Vista has actually run well, after the usual hacks. But trying to troubleshoot the power management issue has been a pointless exercise.

Kevin

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Well Kevin if this is any help

by OH Smeg In reply to Thanks

The Test Rig that I'm using now running the 64 Bit Version of 7 Enterprise works quite well particularly when it comes to the Advanced Power Saving Options. I started with a Gutted Acer SA90 with a Quad Core CPU and 8 GIGS of RAM 2 X 4 GIG Corsair Value Select stuff that I had laying around as spares, same with the CPU as I replaced the Celeron that came standard with the Acer. I'm using the On Board Graphics and I couldn't find a PCI Express Video Card when I put it back together, so when I start on the Virtual Machine I'll fit a Video Card to give it a bit of Help on the CPU Load.

Only problem that I've noticed is that when Backing up a DVD Video it went into Hibernation and came up with a Disc Read Error when I brought it back up.

Otherwise from that prospective at least it's been good. I'm still deciding what I'll do with it and how to proceed from here as the M'Board doesn't support the XP Mode which is a bit of a nuisance so there are several games that will not run on it and that is important as I have the Daughter in Law testing it as a Daily Driver for her needs.

I suppose I'll have to run XP as a Virtual Machine under 7 but I'm not at the moment breaking my neck to try it out.

Col

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Thanks

by woknow In reply to Well Kevin if this is any ...

for the feedback....

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Your Welcome OEM

by OH Smeg In reply to Thanks
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