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Old 12-10-2012, 07:01 PM   #1
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My laptop hard drive recently crashed so I'll be installing a new one this week. My question is regarding Windows. I've been running Vista but I figure that if I'm going to upgrade, now is as good a time as any. Is it worth upgrading? The way I see it, my options are:

- Keep Vista
- Upgrade to Windows 7
- Upgrade to Windows 8

Also, is it better to buy the full version of the newer Windows and do a clean install or is it better to reinstall Vista and then upgrade from there? I'm assuming the price will be cheaper for the upgrade version but I would pay more if the full version is more efficient than the upgrade.

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Old 12-10-2012, 07:43 PM   #2
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I would upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8, it's entirely up to you what you decide to do..
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Unless the laptop has a touch screen, I would go with Windows 7.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:27 PM   #4
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Yeah that's what I heard about Windows 8 but is it really true?
It's not a touch screen.
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I would say windows 8, but windows 7 is fine too.
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:06 AM   #6
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Yeah that's what I heard about Windows 8 but is it really true?
It's not a touch screen.
Yes Windows 8 is more for computers/laptops with touch screens and is a more of a tablet OS..
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Yes Windows 8 is more for computers/laptops with touch screens and is a more of a tablet OS..
I keep seeing this repeated everywhere but I've tried using Win 8 with a touchscreen and personally find it much harder to use than with a mouse/keyboard. Also, it's a PITA to move back and forth from the keyboard to the screen and back again.

@OP - You can buy the upgrade version of either Win 7 or Win 8 and do a clean install, there is no reason to re-install Vista first then upgrade from there.
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Clean install of Windows 7.
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Yes as it is a new HDD you will have to do a clean install as there will no OS on there..
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If I was you I would choose Windows 7 as you don't have a touchscreen, and I would recommend doing a clean install after formatting the drive.
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