Details about clean and upgrade installation of Windows® 7
What is the clean and upgrade option for Windows 7?
The installation of an Operating System consists of two methods. They are, custom or clean installation and upgrade installation. Both the installation processes are different in procedure and effects. A custom or clean installation of Windows 7 Operating System is recommended while you are working on an Operating System other than Windows or a previous version of Windows. The upgrade option for installing Windows 7 can be done if you have Windows Vista running on the system. Installation media is necessary for both processes like downloaded Windows 7 installation files or an installation CD. You should take more care before performing an installation to reduce errors. Compatibility, drivers updation, backup of data, edition and version of the Operating System are the necessary points to be remembered while installing Windows 7 on your computer.
Below are some points related to clean and upgrade installation of Windows 7:
- Requirements for clean and upgrade installation of Windows 7
- Ways to perform a clean and upgrade installation
- Things to remember while performing a clean and upgrade installation of Windows 7
Requirements for clean and upgrade installation of Windows 7
The upgrade option of Windows 7 is possible only if you have a Windows Vista Operating System installed on the computer. You can also upgrade to an equivalent edition of Windows 7. That is, if you have Windows Vista Home Premium installed on the system, then the upgrade should be done to Windows 7 Home Premium. Any Windows Vista editions can be upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate.
Ways to perform a clean and upgrade installation
To perform a clean installation of Windows 7, you should backup data on the system. Then insert the installation CD into the drive and restart the computer. Then perform the installation process in the wizard by carefully following various steps. To perform the upgrade option, the computer need not be restarted. Insert the CD or download Windows 7 installation files. Then double-click on the setup file. The installation wizard will then launch. Now follow the steps of the process and update the drivers as prompted by the wizard. Choose the upgrade installation option when asked during the installation process. An upgrade installation does not erase system files.
If you are using Windows XP (any edition), a better option is to do a clean installation of Windows 7 on the system. A clean updation can be done on an unpartitioned hard disk. Otherwise the installation will remove everything from the system. Some programs like Windows Mail will not work on a Windows 7 system. So be careful while running applications after installing Windows 7. Remember the password to access user accounts while upgrading. Update drivers after performing the installation.
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