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QOTD: Are You Going Windows 7 from Vista or XP?

By , city_zen - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 193 comments

When there's a major Windows release, users and companies face two major problems: software compatibility, and hardware compatibility.

The learning curve for upgrading to a new Windows environment has never been steep, except from the transition between Windows 3.x to Windows 95. However, hardware upgrades have always been a major determining factor on how fast the upgrade pick-up is on a new Windows build. Driver support and compatibility play critical roles. This is one of the primary reasons why large businesses take a long time to do OS migrations.

Then there's the software aspect. Users have to wait for software vendors to retool or update applications. If you've ever had your favorite app broken by a new Windows install--or even an update--you know it can be pain.

With Windows Vista however, Microsoft clearly created a divide. Many users chose to stay on Windows XP while some were early adopters and quickly changed to Vista. Either way, Windows 7 must now try to support both an upgrade from Windows XP and Windows Vista. Thanks to city_zen for today's QOTD suggestion.

The question of the day is: Are you upgrading to Windows 7 from Vista or from XP?

Maybe you don't want to upgrade at all.

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    kamel5547 , May 9, 2009 12:46 AM
    @tuannguyen: except 7 isn't really a major release, its more of a rehash of Vista. Much like Win 98 wasn't a major release.

    I'll be moving on from Vista to 7 (good excuse for a new build :)  ), but we're still on XP at work, and I expect we'll stay for a bit longer. We definitely won't be visting Vista ever...
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    battousai831 , May 9, 2009 12:48 AM
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    derek2006 , May 9, 2009 12:52 AM
    I was using Vista and really liked it. I just installed win7 to try it a few days ago and it deactivated my Vista. Online activation gives me the error 0x88008EFE. Tried phone activation and my call would be dropped after 5 minutes of waiting. Pissed me off. So to answer your question, I am sticking with windows 7 RC1 already.
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    geminireaper , May 9, 2009 12:57 AM
    Going from Vista 64 Ultimate to Win 7
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    frozenlead , May 9, 2009 12:57 AM
    From Vista. It's really an excellent OS (just wasn't so at launch). The university is on Vista, too, and I'll be helping them upgrade.
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    7amood , May 9, 2009 1:01 AM
    From XP to 7
    I never decided to go Vista... but after all what I've seen regarding 7
    I think it's worth it.
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    icepick314 , May 9, 2009 1:03 AM
    i WILL switch to Win 7 from Vista 64 myself...

    but it won't be right away...i'll wait till SP 1 for Win 7 comes out...

    i did same thing when i upgraded from Windows XP to Vista 64...
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    mattblum , May 9, 2009 1:04 AM
    Not going to upgrade my Vista laptop. Thing is far slower than I like, and I don't want to risk making it any slower. I will try Win 7 on the next box I build. The current XP main box is getting Linux.
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    Nik_I , May 9, 2009 1:05 AM
    i went from vista x64 to windows 7 beta, and then to RC1, and eventually upgrade to the final.
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    afrobacon , May 9, 2009 1:05 AM
    XP to W7

    I've tried vista a few times, we just didn't 'click'. With W7 it was love at first sight, I can see a long fulfilling relationship; at least until I get bored with it and start looking at other OS's.
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    chaosgs , May 9, 2009 1:06 AM
    Just downloaded the free Windows 7 RC, will be installing it after i beat the game The last remnant. I judge my OS by looks, and speed. Vista beat every OS in existence by both, if 7 is better looking than i will keep it, if not than vista till windows 8. I cant stand ugly designs and ugly themes, i had to use windows Blinds to make XP look half ass decent.
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    zehpavora , May 9, 2009 1:21 AM
    I will wait until I can buy my new i7 build (soon, I hope) to go straight to Win7. Since we have XP into it, I don't see why not to upgrade.
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    erafael , May 9, 2009 1:22 AM
    I still keep Vista x64 SP1 and the next move would be just SP2.So far Vista works fine for me.I try not to move to the new OS for at least six months after the final release - just my rule - so far working very well:)  However,reading all the reviews about Windows 7 improved graphic and memory features, it looks very tempting.I might just try RC for a couple of weeks and see,but I will still keep working on Vista as my major OS, sticking to the rule.
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    city_zen , May 9, 2009 1:25 AM
    Yay! That's my QOTD! :) 
    You're welcome, Tuan, glad you guys liked it
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    apache_lives , May 9, 2009 1:27 AM
    Currently have vista (from early pre sp1 days) - yet to test Windows 7 but no doubt a great producs, i really dont believe in the "wait for SP1" BS myths everyone craps on about - ill upgrade when im due to do a reinstall on my main system.
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    SDSUMarcus01 , May 9, 2009 1:33 AM
    I dual booted windows 7 RC with xp and after just an hour I deleted the partitions and re-installed only windows 7.

    So yes, I'll be moving to windows 7.
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    LATTEH , May 9, 2009 1:41 AM
    i like win 7 so im gonna go from XP to win7 since XP is probably gonna be dead.. D:
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    haze4peace , May 9, 2009 1:41 AM
    I'm currently on XP and will be moving to Windows 7 as soon as i build my next computer, which should be within a few months. Also going to get me a SSD *drool*
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    phatboe , May 9, 2009 1:45 AM
    Been using the RC1 for a few days, and have already had a few problems: 1) for some reason the installer refused to install windows on my HD unless I unplugged my other hard drives. 2) A few programs like MS Office XP and mIRC use MS agent which is not included with Win 7 so everytime I close Office or mIRC I get this annoying error message that I need to install it. Problem is when I tried to install MS agent 2.0 I got a BSOD (I guess cause It was written for XP). 3) The NVidia drivers from Windows Update would cause a blank screen on start-up. I had to install the newest beta drivers from to fix the problem (not that this is necessarily MS's fault but I think I might wait till the nvidia drivers mature).

    Also I'm not to fond of how MS has dumbed down the interface, I guess it's supposed to make it easier for newcommers but for people like me who are used to the win XP GUI it's a pain.

    Overall though I like Win 7, it seems a lot more responsive than Vista and looks a lot better than XP. The OS runs smooth as butter and what is surprising it that I am running this on a 5 year old computer (Athlon 64 3500+ and 512MB ram (less than the reccomended) + a old 1GB flash drive using ReadyBoost).

    I probably won't be upgrading to Win 7 upon release though, maybe after SP1 is released and I upgrade to a newer computer.
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    ispyamoose , May 9, 2009 2:03 AM
    My simple answer: Maybe.
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