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Program Compatability

If I upgrade from Vista to Windows 7, do I have to reload all my programs or will they function normally?

Mario

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Two answers.

1. If you go from 32 bit to 32 bit or 64 to 64 most will be fine. Some like antivirus should fail. Uninstall before upgrading.

2. All browser addons are going away. Count on that.

But you should have your disaster plan at the ready. If you change from 32 to 64 bit then it's essentially a clean install and no install apps survive.

Bob

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Should be fine

Should be fine. Win 7 is just a minor update to Vista. There shouldn't be any notable change in program compatibility, but there is a list on Microsoft's website which will list all the programs known to have issues.

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Some more information on upgrading

Hi Mario,

If you do a clean installation (as Bob referenced), your programs, files, and settings will not be saved. Since you are going from Vista to Windows 7, you most likely will be able to perform an upgrade (unless you are moving from 32-bit to 64-bit, or 64-bit to 32-bit) which means your programs, files, and settings will transfer over from Vista to Windows 7. However, it is always a good idea to back up to an external hard drive just to be safe!

If you have questions about compatibility of your specific hardware or software, you can check with the Windows 7 Compatibility Center to see if what you already have will operate correctly with Windows 7 - http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/default.aspx. It is also a good idea to run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor before moving forward with the installation. It will scan your system and let you know if you need to make any changes before upgrading.

Cheers,
Cassandra

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