Upgrade or clean install Windows 7

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by oregon2, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. oregon2 macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2009
    I currently have Vista 32 installed in Bootcamp and it works perfectly except that it won't show up in OS X under Startup Disk. This isn't that too big of a problem, I just shutdown, turn on, and hold option.

    I have a copy of Windows 7 and would like to start using it, but would like to confirm that using the upgrade function will work. Will it still be recognized when I press option? Has anyone done this?

    Also, does anyone know when 64 bit Win 7 will be supported in boot camp?
  2. Nordichund macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007
    Oslo, Norway
    I have read that it can take rather a long time to upgrade to Windows 7 from Vista. I just deleted my Boot Camp partition with XP and created a new one and installed Windows 7 Pro 64 bit. It took about 50 minutes.

    Before I did that i installed Snow Leopard and then used the SL installation disc to install the Boot Camp drivers and so far Win 7 64 bit works like a dream. But I only really use it to run MS Visual Studio 2008.
  3. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    Always, always always, oh and ALWAYS do a clean install. Upgrading is a terrible idea. Unless you're grandma and don't know how to work a computer, do not upgrade. I'd say it's the lazy-mans way out, but it really isn't as you end up doing more work in the end.

    A clean install takes virtually no time to do. The hardest part is reinstalling your apps settings. Upgrading takes much longer, leaves a huge Windows.old folder to sit off to the side where it'll never be used again (but you can't delete it), and then all of your apps will wonder what the hell happened and you'll spend hours fixing compatibility problems and small issues.

    So yeah, do things right the firs time. Back up and clean install. You'll thank yourself later.
  4. oregon2 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2009
    Okay, I'll do that. I'm glad you told me before I did anything.
  5. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    Definitely good advice. :)

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