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Clean Install vs. Upgrade

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Title says it all, what's the difference between the two and what are the benefits and detriments of the two?

(I'm believing that a clean install is better but I can't seem to figure out why)

EDIT: I did an upgrade on Vista and it seems slow so I'm wondering whether a clean install will be better.
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When you do an upgrade, Windows [at it's best] will keep all of your files, folders, settings, viruses, adware, spyware, and other unneeded stuff. That is what would make it slow.

When you do a clean install, you have to backup all of your files and folders and have all of the CD's and DVD's to reinstall all of your programs with you or stored away, but in the end, your computer will run as fast, if not faster than it did when you bought/built it.

I have only done an upgrade once in my life, and after about an hour of trying to get everything how I wanted it again, I just did a clean install. It ran much faster too.
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Clean install always better.As long you have erase the whole hdd,and goes like new.That way im pretty sure is no problems.
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