Friday, April 24, 2009

Haja Peer Mohamed H

Choosing Between Clean Install And Upgrading In Windows Vista

Microsoft suggests that anyone installing Vista on a PC that already has a recent version of Windows on it should use the Upgrade feature; that is, boot into the old Windows installation and start Vista setup from within. 

There are a few reasons you may want to do this: 

Preserve your programs. If you upgrade to Vista from within, you won’t have to reinstall all your applications and their settings. Of course, most of your programs will need to be updated or eventually reinstalled to work with Vista, but at least you won’t have to do it all at once. 

Preserve your settings. Some of your custom file type associations and Windows Explorer settings will be preserved during the upgrade, as will most of the settings (custom toolbars,etc.) in your installed programs. Preserve your drive letters. If you have more than one hard disk (or morethan one partition), the upgrade process preserves your drive letters.
Sure, you can reassign drive letters at any time, with the exception of the Windows drive. When you do a “clean” install, setup insists on naming the Vista drive C:, regardless of the partition you choose during setup. 

Save time, sort of. It takes a lot less time, at least initially, to upgrade a previous version than to install Vista “clean” and subsequently install and set up all your programs. Of course, down the road, you’ll spend a lot more time troubleshooting your upgraded system than you would a fresh install. And there’s also the fact that a freshly installed Vista will easily outperform an upgraded one.

It’s easier. Upgrading is easier, but again, only initially. As you can see, it’s not all lollipops and rainbows. 

Here’s why you may want to install fresh rather than upgrade a previous version.

Time for a little spring cleaning. How long have you been using that previous version of Windows? If you got XP when it came out, you’ve amassed as much as six years of junk—drivers, software, spyware, video codecs, and countless leftovers from software you don’t even use anymore—that will continue to bog down Vista once you upgrade. If you take this opportunity to start anew, you’ll have a leaner, faster PC when all is said and done, even if it does take more time to set up at the outset. 

Be free of old hardware drivers. Even if Vista updates every hardware driver on your PC during an upgrade installation, pieces of the old drivers and support software—not to mention Registry settings from those old versions—will remain on your system and undoubtedly cause headaches down the road. Don’t be surprised if you can’t get your sound card—or any sound card, for that matter—to work on an upgraded Vista installation. 

It’s harder. OK, this may not seem like a selling point for a fresh install, but why back away from a challenge? It’s not that much harder than upgrading.

Set up a dual-boot system. You’ll need to install fresh if you want to keep  your old Windows installation intact.
Before upgrading or installing fresh on a hard disk containing  data, you’d be wise to back up the entire system. But  make sure the backup software you use—not to mention the  backup device—will also operate in Windows Vista so you  can read the media after the install is complete; otherwise,  your backup will be worthless.
So, if you want to proceed to upgrade your old software, just pop in the  Vista disc and start the setup program. 

Haja Peer Mohamed H

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