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Old 20.10.2009, 17:31
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Windows 7 - discussion thread

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I'm currently running Vista on my laptop, and just started to think about the pros and cons of upgrading. Would you say it was worth it, and can you (or anyone) give any hints on the main benefits?

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Old 20.10.2009, 17:48
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Hi GS

Try one of the many forums discussing Windows 7.
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Old 20.10.2009, 17:52
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Re: Windows 7 in English now for sale, PCDesigns, shipped to your door or pick up in

Thanks jrspet, I will check that out.

I would also appreciate the views of people on here though as I feel I'm more likely to get a useful/honest answer from people that I "know" better :-)

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Would you say it is worth it,
Depends on what software you have to install, and what you like or dislike about Vista...
7 is also more compatible with XP programs...
can you handle installing and reinstalling what you have now?
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Re: Windows 7 in English now for sale, PCDesigns, shipped to your door or pick up in

Vista has been widely panned. Windows 7 has recieved a far better reception that I have read. That said the upgrade if you are still on XP is painful... could say more about but I fear this thread may be hijacked by the Apple vs Windows debating group.
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Old 20.10.2009, 18:20
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Re: Windows 7 - discussion thread

I generally go by the rule that of not upgrading unless there's an extremely compelling reason to do so.

I'm still on XP and there's been no compelling reason for me to upgrade, but your requirements may differ.
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I generally go by the rule that of not upgrading unless there's an extremely compelling reason to do so.

I'm still on XP and there's been no compelling reason for me to upgrade, but your requirements may differ.
"Never change a running system." -- Old Chinese proverb
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"Never change a running system." -- Old Chinese proverb
Another one:

"Filling a memory space of 1000GB starts with a single file"
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Old 20.10.2009, 18:49
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"Never change a running system." -- Old Chinese proverb
If it ain't broke, don't fix it
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That said the upgrade if you are still on XP is painful... could say more about but I fear this thread may be hijacked by the Apple vs Windows debating group.
Upgrade from XP to 7 is easily done.

Apple users have no place in this thread anyway, Windoze (what now)... but the Apple OS is ever changing too.
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Old 20.10.2009, 19:46
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Apple users have no place in this thread...
Ouch. That hurt
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Re: Windows 7 - discussion thread

XP to Windows 7

Yes, just have to backup all your data, make careful notes of your configuration, reformat you hard disk and then load windows7 plus all the other applications you had installed under XP reconfiguring your wireless, your printers, your scanner etc etc...

Easy ...
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XP to Windows 7

Yes, just have to backup all your data, make careful notes of your configuration, reformat you hard disk and then load windows7 plus all the other applications you had installed under XP reconfiguring your wireless, your printers, your scanner etc etc...

Easy ...
Actually, the upgrade will back up almost everything of value.

But, the whole job would take you 3-4 hours tops depending on the applications and peripherals. Personally, I think the change would be worth it. Just my opinion.
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Actually, the upgrade will back up almost everything of value.

But, the whole job would take you 3-4 hours tops depending on the applications and peripherals. Personally, I think the change would be worth it. Just my opinion.
So the upgrade comes with a backup program that will backup my McAfee virus software, WinZip, Skype, Mozilla, Opera, TomTom, Nero, WinPatrol, Adobe, Apple iTunes etc etc yes?
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Re: Windows 7 - discussion thread

And what about the reboot factor? Does the upgrade require a dozen reboots as previous one have? or am I getting confused with service pack installs?
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As this is a very new OS, not all the details have been released for those of us who did not go to the launch party, but here is some of my OEM installer notes:
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Is there an upgrade path from Windows XP to Windows 7?
Right now, Upgrading customers from Windows XP requires a custom (clean) installation of Windows 7 and then reinstallation of programs, drivers, and data. An upgrade from the Windows Vista
® operating system to Windows 7 preserves current files, settings, and programs.

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And what about the reboot factor? Does the upgrade require a dozen reboots as previous one have? or am I getting confused with service pack installs?
No, there are one (or perhaps two I forget exactly) reboots. Not sure what your on about with the service packs comment, you would expect to reboot after any significant upgrade such as a service pack or dot upgrade on most platform as kernel mode components are updated.

To the poster: I would recommend the upgrade - certainly it depends on circumstance and if it aint broke dont fix it is one way to look at things. But then again, why do people buy new cars when there existing one is still continuing to function - because it gives a more enjoyable experience and i think you will find this with Windows 7.
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Re: Windows 7 - discussion thread

Hi,

I never experienced the problems that some people talked about with Vista. Most of the problems really were drivers that were not available at launch. Really from service pack 1 onwards really it ran pretty well. In fact the only place where I was running Windows XP was on a netbook and it always quite weird changing back from Vista to Windows XP. I have been running all my machines including the netbook on Windows 7 since beta 1 and it is running really well.

What I like about the system is the jump lists and the cleaned up interface. The taskbar is some ways feels like the Apple dock done right( that is naturally very subjective)

If you are running Vista then the reasons for moving 7 are probably less obvious than if you are running XP as most of the core improvements to the operating system were made in Vista.

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So the upgrade comes with a backup program that will backup my McAfee virus software, WinZip, Skype, Mozilla, Opera, TomTom, Nero, WinPatrol, Adobe, Apple iTunes etc etc yes?
Nope. I am not even sure XP version of McAfee will be able to run on Windows 7 You'll have to buy/download a specific version for McAfee which will support 7. The reason is simple: they made a little modifications in kernel, so AV vendors do not garantee that the same binaries which are working in 2k/xp/vista will work in 7. But these are details.

Generally, you'll have to re-install software, of course. You may not re-install software, and just run it (for example, you have XP in C drive, and you install 7 on D). Once you are in Windows 7 you can run files from C drive, some of them will work, some not. This way is highly NOT advisable, because it is a mess and is not reliable.
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Hi,

I never experienced the problems that some people talked about with Vista.
If you are running Vista then the reasons for moving 7 are probably less obvious than if you are running XP as most of the core improvements to the operating system were made in Vista.

Have fun

Martin
7 seems to be faster if you compare with vista. Plus, it is more logical from user point of perspective, in terms of UI. On enterprise marked I see most swiss companies still not moved to Vista from XP, and major part of them are thinking about migrating to 7 directly, thus skipping Vista.
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