From everything I've read, folks recommend a clean install of Win 7 rather than an upgrade. I understand that a clean install can be made from an upgrade CD but that is my question since my son-in-law bought the full version rather than the upgrade. When he comes for Thanksgiving, I'm going to have him install all three of our computers with Win7 (he bought three software packages since he gets them so reasonably at MS).
Now to my questions.
- when a clean install is done, isn't the system wiped clean? And if that is the case, where do my files (i.e. pictures, documents, e-mail) go? Is there a transfer or a migration program? Does it take a second computer or hard drive (we have a three terrabyte external hard drive for backup) to transfer these files over while the system is wiped clean and the new OS is installed?
- what about the programs (i.e. Windows Mail, Firefox and so forth)? Would I need to download new versions and install them? If they were also simply transferred wouldn't some of the files from the old Vista system corrupt the new system?