Upgrade or clean install?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by MaCaNiX, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. MaCaNiX

    MaCaNiX MDL Novice

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    Hi guys... I'm a n00b in this forum but not to OS's and BIOS modding etc...

    Was just wondering if it is better to do a clean install of win7 rather than an upgrade? i.e. does the upgrade leave a mess of old vista files hanging round?

    Also, does the win7 install ask if you want to format the disk before install?
    I'm running RAID0 and I had an awful time installing the RAID drivers when I installed Vista (F6, insert floppy, etc) Is win7 any easier at installing RAID?

    Any responses/help will be appreciated...:)

    Mac

    Dell 390 btw...
     
  2. wyrman

    wyrman MDL Member

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    I personally always go for a freshly formatted disc. Seems to me there are a lot less head aches.
     
  3. bambara

    bambara MDL Junior Member

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    Most people. including me, prefer to do clean installs simply because they don't want any traces left from previous operating systems. But at the end it's your PC and your choice.

    The Win7 installation gives you two options, "Upgrade" and "Custom". Obviously the upgrades just changes the system files and keep all of your other files intact. The custom deletes everything in the drive and does a clean install of Win7.
     
  4. Lich King

    Lich King MDL Addicted

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    Clean install is always better.. it'll leave no traces of old files from vista :)
     
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  5. MrFerretKing

    MrFerretKing MDL Member

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    I did not need any additional drivers when I installed Win7 on my ICH8R RAID 5 setup. It just acted like a normal single disk install.

    No more "press F6 to install additional drivers" for me


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  6. throbber

    throbber MDL Addicted

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    %100 agree...:)
     
  7. dougy86

    dougy86 MDL Novice

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    clean install ftw!
     
  8. dokapp2111

    dokapp2111 MDL Junior Member

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    and also, you donknow if the software which you installed under vista, is also compatibly to win 7 =)
     
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  9. PhaseDoubt

    PhaseDoubt MDL Expert

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    A wipe and clean install is, well ... just cleaner. It gets rid of all old and [sometimes] troublesome data bits. The only down side I've found is it does take longer with having to get updates and install all your favorite programs, set up task scheduler is you use it, tweak all those setting you don't like and etc. But in the end, for me, a wipe and reinstall is the best way. I know it's more time consuming, but I'm a bit of a computer nut ... it's what I do. When I'm not doing other "nut" stuff anyway.
     
  10. Michaela Joy

    Michaela Joy MDL Crazy Lady

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    Wipe it slick and reinstall. You'll be so much better off.
     
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  11. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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  12. oldsh_t

    oldsh_t MDL Expert

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    Anyone checking dates here?? LOL :eek:
     
  13. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    It's oldsh_t :D:D
     
  14. Michaela Joy

    Michaela Joy MDL Crazy Lady

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    My excuse is that I'm a blonde. :rolleyes:
     
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  15. Clean Install! :laie:
     
  16. atgpud2003

    atgpud2003 MDL Member

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    Clean Install Windows 7 and make sure you download RAID Drivers to order make the RAID driver works properly before run into problems. Easy get a drivers and put on the media DVD add your RAID Drivers that will done easier allow windows 7 boot up properly. I had one customer who has 2 500gb hard drive and use INTEL Chipset RAID on board and I use the driver.. It works..

    ATGPUD2003
     
  17. Klard

    Klard MDL Novice

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    Yea. The original post was seven years ago . . .

    Just me thinking, but I bet he has resolved this issue.
     
  18. Mr.X

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