Can I upgrade from Vista Professional to Windows 7?

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Can I upgrade from Windows Vista Professional to Windows 7? Is it a safe upgrade path or am I better off backing up my files, formatting, doing a clean install and restoring? I do not want to lose any files or applications.
ASKED: July 22, 2010  2:01 PM
UPDATED: July 22, 2010  10:30 PM

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I personally would recommend performing a fresh install since upgrade rarely go smooth and normally would have issues afterwards especially dealing with Vista. Install Belarc Advisor and run it. This will perform an inventory of your applications you have installed on your machine. It’s useful instead of writing each and every application down. Just print HTML file and copy the html file to your removable drive (assumed) when you perform your backup.

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  • TomLiotta
    It doesn't matter what OS is being upgraded. If you have files you want to keep, you should always do backups before upgrading. Unless, of course, Microsoft (or other vendor) developed the upgrade on your hardware using your BIOS and your adapter cards and your drivers and your file systems and everything else that makes your system different from every other system in the world. The variations are uncountable. Anticipating all potential issues is impossible. You must be responsible for protecting what is important to you. If it's not important enough to back up, then don't be concerned about losing it. Tom
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