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 Post subject: Vista to Win7 with new harddrive too.Tips for smooth install
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:51 am 
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Hey guys.

Planning to finally upgrade to Windows 7 after SOOO long on Vista. My computer needs a new lease of life and this is all I can aford right now.

Just wondering what drivers are a must have and about the whole process in general? Never done an installation of a new harddrive at the same time as installing a new OS.

I'll be doing a clean install (Home Premium 64 bit) onto a brand new blank harddrive. Getting the harddrive just for this.

How will that work exactly? Just swap out the harddrives and get it to boot from the DVD? Should I run into problems if booting with a completely blank harddrive in there? Should I install Win7 with the original harddrive in there too (just in a different bay) or just swap it out. I was hoping that I'll be able to simply pop the original harddrive (with Vista still on it, obviously) back in there and copy over my documents and then formatting it. Will I run into problems on booting if it detects that Vista is installed on the old harddrive?

Any tips on how best to go about it? Will I have to format my old vista harddrive when I attach it to the PC again after the install of Win7?

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 Post subject: Re: Vista to Win7 with new harddrive too.Tips for smooth ins
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:12 pm 
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Shouldn't have much trouble with drivers... Win 7 is almost always OK with Vista drivers.

Lots of ways to do the install. I would disconnect the old drive; put the new one in; boot from the installation DVD, and install Win 7. The install process will do the formatting.

Then connect the old drive as a second drive, and copy over what you need (or leave it in for additional storage).

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 Post subject: Re: Vista to Win7 with new harddrive too.Tips for smooth ins
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:49 pm 
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Thanks for that. Yeah. That would be my ideal route of doing that. At least I wont have to copy all my data off of my HD then format it, and then move everything back. Think I might do a back up the data anyway. Better safe than sorry.

I read on here that Win7 doesn't need some of the drivers that were needed for Vista, such as the nForce drivers. Anything else that might be taken care of/not needed? or should I just wing it and see what I need after the install completes?

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 Post subject: Re: Vista to Win7 with new harddrive too.Tips for smooth ins
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 6:18 pm 
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As good as the default drivers are for Win 7, I would check for Win 7 64-bit specific drivers for all your hardware (including items like printer, battery backup device, etc.), and install those after running the critical and recommended Windows 7 updates. I can't speak to the nForce issue (it's been a while now), but most, if not all, hardware for your system should have Win 7 64-bit drivers available.

Good luck, and enjoy 7--it's definitely an improvement over Vista. ...as for Win 8, don't get me started! :lolno:

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