The Big Time and Hassle Question: Must I do a clean install or can I do an "in place" install and not have to re-install everything?
is easy to install, and can be
installed on most computers in less than 30 minutes. However, if you do
install – which you may have to do – you will need
to back up and later reinstall all your files.
You will also need to reinstall all your programs, which can
several hours or several days or several years depending upon your own
computer setup and computer use.
recommends a clean install, and indeed requires a
clean install in many instances. IF you are upgrading from Windows 2000
or XP Professional 64, you MUST do a clean
If you are upgrading from
Windows XP Home edition, you may
do an “in-place” installation, and will not have to
reinstall your programs.
If you are upgrading from
Windows XP Media Center to the
business edition, you MUST do a clean install. An upgrade from
Media Center to the Vista Home Premium or Vista Ultimate can be done
An upgrade from Windows XP Professional to Vista Home Premium requires
install. However you can do an “in place” install
from XP professional to Vista
Home Premium or Vista Ultimate.
Other options are indicated
what version of Windows XP you have, check
your Windows XP disk, or the Help Menu of My Computer.
final and recommended
option is a dual-boot. For a dual boot, which enables you to boot into
either Windows XP or Windows Vista,
you must have a second empty hard drive or an empty partition on your
Have you made your decision? Are you going to purchase a new computer,
install Windows Vista in the first few months of its release (upgrading
hardware first if necessary) or are you going to wait? And when you do
Windows Vista, what version will you buy?
Perhaps you want to wait and
while using Microsoft’s Vista Advisor to check out the
possibilities on your
current computer system. Later, you can tempt your Vista friends with
chocolate chip cookies so that they’ll let you play with
their new operating
system to see if it's for you, while they are downing the entire two
cookies you brought with you, intending of course to eat half of them
I am not recommending one
course of action or one version
over another – much depends upon your individual situation.
But I do recommend
that you do your research, carefully and completely back up all your
files before any installation, and
few months after Windows Vista comes out before you jump on the
all, you probably need the money you would spend on Windows Vista more
Bill Gates does, don’t you?
upgrading to Windows Vista in the
first few months of
its release? No way. I’ve only had my Sony VAIO for 9 months
and everything's working But given that I’m a
instructor, consultant and photographer, and continually adapting to
needs of clients and students, and have a 250 gig hard drive which I
partition, well, ask me late in 2007 how I like the dual boot
probably be MY choice.
Whatever decision YOU make, I hope you
make the choice that’s right for you. Happy computing!
This article is copyright 2006 by Tracy Marks,
Boston area Windows, Internet and Photoshop instructor and consultant,
and also licensed counselor. It may not be reprinted or reposted
without permission. Information about Tracy's courses, consulting and counseling is available at Windweaver.
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