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  1.    13 Feb 2016 #1
    Join Date : Jan 2016
    Posts : 14
    Win7 64Bit

    Upgrade or Clean install?


    I installed Win10 (clean Install) then reinstalled Win7 (clean). I'm now going to reinstall Win10 again after getting answers to issues I had with it. So my question, is it easier to just upgrade to Win10 since my programs are already installed in Win7, rather than a clean install which would save me time having to install all my program disc's again. Baring any problems this would allow me to get 10 installed & up and running with all my programs in place. Which way is best. I do have Win7 back upped to a disc using Acronis. Since I just put in Win7 I thought I might escape with an upgrade.

    I was told since I had installed and registered Win10 I wouldn't be able to use the upgrade route? I did put in my Serial # when asked during the Win10 installation so would that force me to do a clean install? I would like to do this quickly but if that wont work I will just have to do a clean install of Win10.
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  2.    13 Feb 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 3,808
    10 Pro

    You can certainly try an upgrade. It should not ask you for a key. Upgrade worked fine for me although others have had issues. If you do run into issues you can always do a clean install after but as you say an upgrade will save you having to install all your programs again.

    Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation - Windows 10 Forums
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  3.    13 Feb 2016 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Poole Dorset UK
    Posts : 2,566
    Windows 10 x64 Home Version(1709) Build16299.125

    On all my systems have only done upgrade
    Once the next big upgrade is released and running on all my systems ok will probably do a clean install then.
    But being as all running ok with upgrade I am leaving well alone.
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  4.    13 Feb 2016 #4
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Posts : 29
    Windows 10 Home 64bit

    I may be speaking out of turn here but I understand, maybe incorrectly, that using the free upgrade only gives one a 32bit version of Windows 10. To get a 64 bit version doesn't it still have to be a clean install? Maybe you are happy with the 32bit version but I see from your avatar you say you have a 64bit version.

    Quote Originally Posted by hTconeM9user View Post
    On all my systems have only done upgrade
    Once the next big upgrade is released and running on all my systems ok will probably do a clean install then.
    But being as all running ok with upgrade I am leaving well alone.
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  5.    13 Feb 2016 #5
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 24,523
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by Aurondium View Post
    I may be speaking out of turn here but I understand, maybe incorrectly, that using the free upgrade only gives one a 32bit version of Windows 10. To get a 64 bit version doesn't it still have to be a clean install? Maybe you are happy with the 32bit version but I see from your avatar you say you have a 64bit version.
    The upgrade process allows you to install either the 32 or 64bit version. I perform the upgrade and I have a 64bit OS set up.
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  6.    13 Feb 2016 #6
    Join Date : Jun 2014
    Posts : 5,544
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Aurondium View Post
    I may be speaking out of turn here but I understand, maybe incorrectly, that using the free upgrade only gives one a 32bit version of Windows 10. To get a 64 bit version doesn't it still have to be a clean install? Maybe you are happy with the 32bit version but I see from your avatar you say you have a 64bit version.
    It upgrades the version you have. If you have the 32 bit version you will upgrade to Win 10 32 bit. If you have a 64 bit version you will upgrade to Win 10 64 bit.
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  7.    13 Feb 2016 #7
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Posts : 29
    Windows 10 Home 64bit

    Thank you for that information. Much appreciated.

    Is that a recent change? I'm not an expert in computer processes at all and reversed my initial attempt to upgrade quite a few months ago from Win7 Home Premium 64bit because originally there didn't seem to be a choice and I ended up with a 32 bit version.
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  8.    13 Feb 2016 #8
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 6,383
    Windows10

    Quote Originally Posted by Aurondium View Post
    Thank you for that information. Much appreciated.

    Is that a recent change? I'm not an expert in computer processes at all and reversed my initial attempt to upgrade quite a few months ago from Win7 Home Premium 64bit because originally there didn't seem to be a choice and I ended up with a 32 bit version.
    As Winuser says, upgrades always upgrade to same type as original install. You do not get a choice when upgrading.
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  9.    13 Feb 2016 #9
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Get Off My Lawn
    Posts : 5,005
    Win10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by cereberus View Post
    As Winuser says, upgrades always upgrade to same type as original install. You do not get a choice when upgrading.

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  10.    13 Feb 2016 #10
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Posts : 29
    Windows 10 Home 64bit

    Maybe I'm not using the right language but I took advantage of the free upgrade offer to upgrade my Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit system to Windows 10. After the upgrade My Computer was showing I had Windows 10 Home - but a 32bit system. Therefore I reversed the upgrade and went back to my Windows 7 system and that's where I am still.

    I am hesitant to do anything yet about trying the upgrade offer again..

    Quote Originally Posted by cereberus View Post
    As Winuser says, upgrades always upgrade to same type as original install. You do not get a choice when upgrading.
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