Currently named Windows 7, and could be with us as early as late-2009. I've recently ordered a new computer system (ordered it on the 4th of Jan, hasn't come yet due to a few... problems). Suffice to say, I've acquired a 64-bit edition of Vista with it. Some people dislike Vista, saying it is a step in the wrong direction, and that they've had countless problems with it. Others say that it is fine, and runs perfectly. Regardless of how good or bad it is, I'd like to skip ahead. I don't know about upgrading to XP, but I know, when Vista was released, you could purchase an 'Upgrade Pack', which would essentially install Vista over your XP system. A few questions in regards to that: 1) Would it be resonable to conclude that such an upgrade will also be avaliable for Vista, of which would install this new Windows 7 System? 2) How does it work? I figure it either... 2a) Reformats your computer from scratch, installing the new system after having removed the old one, or... 2b) Reformats as required, removing unused system files, and installing / overwriting with new ones, keeping your files and suchlike in the condition they were previously. Can anyone shed any light on this? Obviously I'll be with Vista for a while, and I may get on with it. I've heard however, that this new system is suppose to be a cutback in terms of CPU usage (among other things), and that it'll be faster, safer, etc etc. Therefore, giving it a few months, I'd probably upgrade. Just want to know what I'm letting myself in for.
Well, considering the fact that Microsoft want Windows 7 to be their new flagship OS and they want as many people as possible behind it, and that the transition from Vista to 7 is going to be the smallest transition, then you'd think that it would be sound marketing sense to let Vista users change to Windows 7 as easily and inexpensively as possible. But then again, it's also good marketing practice to keep selling something customers want, and Microsoft obviously didn't achieve that by saying that they were pulling the rug from under XP, so I guess you'll have to wait and see. But it would make sense to provide an upgrade pack or something for a reduced cost to current Vista users (and maybe even XP users), to try get as many people as possible onto Windows 7.
And hasn't there been an "upgrade" installation process for a while now (at least since win98)? From what I can tell, it saves your settings and only removes the old windows installation. Then it installs the new OS and "Migrates" the settings over to the new OS. This includes certain parts of the registry as well (user names, installed programs information, registration keys, etc). I'm pretty sure it wipes the slate clean when it comes to installing new Windows files.
BTW, you can download the beta for win7 from the microsoft web site.
adelphospro;4778026And hasn't there been an "upgrade" installation process for a while now (at least since win98)?[/quote]I don't know. =p The only one I am aware of, is the upgrade to Vista, from XP. [quote=adelphospro;4778026]BTW, you can download the beta for win7 from the microsoft web site.
I know, there was a thread on it a few days back. :) This system wouldn't be able to cope with it anyway.
I don't know. The only one I am aware of, is the upgrade to Vista, from XP.
I know, there was a thread on it a few days back. This system wouldn't be able to cope with it anyway.
For an entire OS, I don't think I have it in me to trust a beta. Maybe as a virtual machine, but I barely have enough processor power to run a host OS, let alone a guest one on top of that.
But I think I'll stay with XP until Windows 7's been out a few months and everything's been ironed out, and then change.
Oh yeah even Microsoft says "Don't use this beta on your home or business machine" (BTW, it's all over sometime in August I believe)
As for the upgrade system, yeah win98 had one, winME had one, and winxp had one. (I've reinstalled all those OSs several times unfortunately so I know they have it)
I remember being given the option to buy XP Pro or XP Pro Upgrade disks (the latter were about $30-50 cheaper at the time). Full versions can both upgrade and do a fresh install.
So to answer your question, Unless Microsoft if much dumber than many expect, there will be an upgrade option for Windows 7 (and upgrade dvds should be cheaper)
Transmission Some people dislike Vista, saying it is a step in the wrong direction, and that they've had countless problems with it. Others say that it is fine, and runs perfectly. [/quote]I personally kinda like Vista! Actually, I'm running XP Pro, Vista Home Prem, and Ubuntu all on my laptop lol XP takes MUCH less resources and seems to run most older games better than vista, but I like the eye candy and ease of use of Vista. I use Ubuntu for work and school.
By the way, what version of windows are you running?
[quote=Pedantic] But then again, it's also good marketing practice to keep selling something customers want, and Microsoft obviously didn't achieve that by saying that they were pulling the rug from under XP
Yeah that sucked...
I personally kinda like Vista! Actually, I'm running XP Pro, Vista Home Prem, and Ubuntu all on my laptop lol XP takes MUCH less resources and seems to run most older games better than vista, but I like the eye candy and ease of use of Vista. I use Ubuntu for work and school.
There actually are a lot of compatibility problems between Vista and peripherals, especially older devices which XP used to support. My computer hardly has the resources to run Ubuntu with Compiz on, let alone Vista with Aero. And seeing as XP runs perfectly fine anyway, I see no reason to change to Vista. That said, having a computer with more than 4GB of RAM is appealing.
Yeah that sucked...
Yeah. It was interesting though, seeing how fast Microsoft retracted on that statement when they found out that not many people were prepared to change, that a lot of notebooks and netbooks at the time couldn't run Vista (netbooks still can't), and a lot of notebook retailers were actually putting XP instead of Vista onto their products.
[color=red]Serious there's a thread on this on the 2nd page.... open ya eyes http://forums.filefront.com/tech-discussion/390423-windows-7-a.html how hard is it to look ? anyway windows vienna looks sexy and i'll be getting it very soon xp is getting to damn old now... lol x-M-x[/color]
Jeff is a mean boss
28th July 2002
From what I can tell, Microsoft seems to be on the right track with Win7.
As for the upgrade from Vista, considering you can upgrade Vista to the Build 7000 Beta of Win7, I'm willing to bet that you can upgrade to the final build as well.
I've been using the Windows 7 beta for about a week and a half now, and I've been having a blast with it. It boots much quicker than Vista, and from the splash screen it's completely ready to go in about 30 seconds, whereas with Vista I usually have to wait over a minute. I haven't come across any issues with hardware or software compatibility issues. Even Steam and all the games I have on it work just fine.
I think when the full release comes out, I'll be buying the 64 bit edition, considering how smoothly the beta is going.