Windows 7 upgrade vs fresh install - Is it worth it?
Posted on 2011-02-22
I have been running Vista Ultimate for a while and am considering upgrading to 7 Ultimate. It has been out for a while now and the market feedback says it is better. But how much?
I don't have specifically problems with Vista, and have even managed to get some pretty old software to run natively, such as ACT! version 6.
I have seen resource usage for 7, and do not see that 7 would perform better than Vista. They both appear like similar bloated operating systems to me.
I am running 32bit because I need my system to work. I don't want to fool around with looking for 64bit drivers. I see that as a waste of time, and just need this to work. I haven't had problems with Vista in this regard.
I know a fresh install is best, but what is the overall experience with doing an upgrade? I have $&!*loads of software installed and working. I don't have nor want to spend the time reinstalling everything and would hope that an upgrade would allow the software to work fine without the need to reinstall. Especially ACT! version 6, but I realize nobody has experience for this specific version of ACT! in Vista. It's not even supposed to run in Vista! I had to tweak things fairly heavily to get ACT! to run in the first place. I even have the ACT! word processor working from Version 6 in Vista Ultimate.
My question is whether there is any real benefit for me to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate? Will I see advantages? How well does the upgrade actually work? And will I lose functionality of software after an upgrade?
I am hoping for increased performance, easier configuration, and that I can interact better with Mac OSX Leopard and Snow Leopard on my network. I have difficulties with Snow Leopard and Vista talking.
If this was a Mac upgrade, I would have no concerns at all, but with Windows, I'm $&!*'n bricks and need advice from other techy's who have experience doing this! I really need your experience and opinion on this to help me make a decision.
Thanks so much.