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Upgrading to windows 7: .exe upgrade or clean install?

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Currently installed: Windows Vista Home premium 64bit
Upgrading to: Windows 7 professional 64 bit (upgrade version)

Relatively new install of windows vista already on the computer as is, but I just picked up Win7Pro with my student discount so I will be upgrading. It gives me two options to download: .exe or .iso. The question is, should I just run the .exe and upgrad that way, or should I use the .iso to perform a clean install?

I hear from people that .exe upgrades are the devil and mess with your registry and drives and etc. Is this true?
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I think the best thing to do is do a clean install. Sometimes things can mess up and you have to end up doing a clean install anyway.
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Yeah, it always best to start fresh if you can
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post #4 of 10
Even though it's better to do a clean install, backup ervreh thing and upgrade.
if something is wrong, battle your way to victory and fix it.
If not... clean install.
that's just me though, I don't like to take the easy way out lol.
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i upgraded mine since i had so much school work on my HDD and nothing has been wrong EVER! its been like 3 years
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post #6 of 10
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Well I guess I can try the upgrade first, if things start messing up I will do a clean install. Just spent forever doing a fresh Vista install in January and I am too lazy to do it again. (Yes I realize that is 3 months ago but I have finals coming up and need all the time I have to study).
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post #7 of 10
Eh, I'd recommend a clean install. You never know what old files upgrades will leave behind nomming on your hard drive space.
post #8 of 10
Make sure to back everything up as a precaution. Also, the Windows 7 install shouldn't take nearly as long as Vista did..
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It wasn't the install that took forever it was the updates that take forever on my internet and then the customizing everything to how I like it.
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post #10 of 10
I always do a clean install.
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