Upgrade or clean install..

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    benj0145

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    Hi everyone,

    Just wondering if the upgrade from an existing windows 7 installation is something worth doing? I ask as with previous iterations of Windows it really wasn't a great idea to upgrade, but to do a fresh install.

    Thanks in advance for the input :)

    Ben
     
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    Nibiru2012 Moderator

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    Hi benj01485! Welcome to the Windows 8 Forums website!

    Nearly all the MODs here and on other forums highly recommend that you do a "clean" or custom install as Windows defines it.

    Less problems, faster install time, ability to install the correct Windows 8 drivers. No garbage left behind either.

    Be sure you download ALL the proper drivers prior to the install process. Store them on a flash thumb drive or a CD-RW disc.
     
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    DRFP

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    Clean always, Upgrades are nice option, But I rarely reinstall my OS's these days except in the case of a new OS release. The advantage of clean is what ever garbage is there in the older installation will be wiped out with clean, you back up everything and then boot to the DVD or USB and choose advance, format the drive you want 8 on and there you go clean. 8 has most if not all the drivers you need.
     
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    benj0145

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    I figured as much! Good to know as I will be upgrading on payday :) thanks a lot for the replies guys. Just to check, does anyone know for sure that the digital upgrade will allow a full clean install?
     
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    DRFP

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    Digital? If you can get an iso, back it up then burn the disk and use it, I have 4 external HD as back ups. They are worth every penny with Pics and such.
     
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    Clean install. Upgrades work but sometimes they can be a bit rocky, especially if certain programs/things are not disabled beforehand.
     
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    I am slightly worried as to whether or not it will let me burn a physical disk of the digital installer so that I can do a clean fresh install using the digital upgrade. Best keep searching on that one before next friday when I take the plunge!!
    thanks for all your advice :)
     
    benj0145, Nov 24, 2012
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    Good luck. I can stand being offline for about a week but eventually it begins to irk me around day 13 or 14. :D
     
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    I have only installed Windows 8 one way which is by clean install. Actually I didn't have any choice. The version of Windows 8 which I have only allowed clean install. A clean install is not a big problem for me because I install on a separate partition. I always do this with new operating systems. Just in case something goes wrong. Then I can always boot back to the old system.

    So if you are in doubt about whether Windows 8 will work properly for you, install it on a separate partition. You can create a separate partition quite easily. I use Easus. It has always worked for me.
     
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    I don't care which partition I install my new OS on. I have a major large flashdrive. So if something goes wrong, I still have ALL my files and important documents which means I'm good no matter how long it takes me to get a good install.
     
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    Clean for sure.
     
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    Just save your data and make a clean install mate.
    Upgrades are always a bit tricky since they will end up not replacing some files that have no point in being there.
     
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    I always go with clean, firstly I format my drive (make sure I have put the important files on my spare HDD) and then I proceed with a clean installation. This prevents from errors, viruses, and other performance impacting things to get transferred to my new Windows installation. Always go with clean! :D
     
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    Always a clean install, it stops any problems arising in the future and cleans your computer of unnecessary software and you can always backup what you wish to keep.
     
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