I started this thread awhile ago, and someone mentioned I could upgrade from W7 beta to the RTM. What are the risks associated? Would I be better off doing a clean install? I don't have an external drive for data back up, is it necessary? I'd like to save money. Whatever method is cheapest, but still secure is preferred.
Ultimate is so much more expensive that I cannot recommend it. It doesn't give you any additional features that a home user requires. Get Home Premium, maybe Professional if you want XP mode, and do a clean install.
You will need to purchase a full retail version (unless you have XP or Vista on your computer, in which case you can purchase an upgrade version) and do a clean installation. If you wish to save anything that you currently have on your computer, you will need to back up to an external hard drive before beginning the installation.
Hope this helps!
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