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Old 05-31-2011, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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I don't think I know anybody who has EVER called Microsoft for support. That should be a non-issue in making a purchase decision.
I know one person, and they managed to waste a couple of hours before calling a family member that fixed the problem quickly!
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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To the OP: Do it.
My old computer with Vista would NOT allow me to use Windows Media Center to watch TV. It would crash when I tried to tune something.
Same hardware, upgraded to 7 and the tuner works now.
I still can't pause TV... but I think that still says something about how much better 7 is.

To everyone else: I wonder if you've actually installed Windows7?
Cool new feature introduced in Vista.
Even when doing a fresh install on an existing install, Windows will tell you:
"Hey, I found an old version of Windows installed here and I will just back this up for you".
And Windows then creates the wonderful Windows.old folder.
BEST
FEATURE
EVER


(this even worked when I used a System Builder Disc)
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:08 AM
 
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I don't think I know anybody who has EVER called Microsoft for support. That should be a non-issue in making a purchase decision.
You can call MS for support? Will wonders never cease?

Do they answer?
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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They do. But it isn't free.

I have called for work before. Only $259 for immediate help. $99 if you can wait a day....
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:21 AM
 
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And Windows then creates the wonderful Windows.old folder.
So is that just the old Windows folder? There's so much clutter that builds up on an old system that I still feel its best to nuke it and start over.
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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It's the actual Widows folder and all the User Profiles, so:
MY DOCUMENTS, MY PICTURES, MY MUSIC blablabla
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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To the OP: Do it.
My old computer with Vista would NOT allow me to use Windows Media Center to watch TV. It would crash when I tried to tune something.
Same hardware, upgraded to 7 and the tuner works now.
I still can't pause TV... but I think that still says something about how much better 7 is.

To everyone else: I wonder if you've actually installed Windows7?
Cool new feature introduced in Vista.
Even when doing a fresh install on an existing install, Windows will tell you:
"Hey, I found an old version of Windows installed here and I will just back this up for you".
And Windows then creates the wonderful Windows.old folder.
BEST
FEATURE
EVER


(this even worked when I used a System Builder Disc)
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So is that just the old Windows folder? There's so much clutter that builds up on an old system that I still feel its best to nuke it and start over.
I agree, I always start over with a fresh install on a freshly formatted hard drive.
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:17 AM
 
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windows 7 is so much better than vista.

Do a clean install instead. Format hard drive and start from scratch IMO
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:56 PM
 
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OK, one more question. I also have a lap top with Vista. Can I use the same windows 7 install disk on it that I use on my PC or do I have to buy yet another install disk for the lap top? I know microsoft can be a bit greedy about that sort of thing.
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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OK, one more question. I also have a lap top with Vista. Can I use the same windows 7 install disk on it that I use on my PC or do I have to buy yet another install disk for the lap top? I know microsoft can be a bit greedy about that sort of thing.
You'll have to buy another copy.

With the laptop you'll also want to make sure that you can get drivers for the version of Win7 that you want to use (x86/x64).
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