Windows 7 Upgrade Chart Sparks Spat
Gregg Keizer, Computerworld
Aug 9, 2009 1:15 pm
A chart Microsoft provided to a Wall Street Journal columnist that spells out which versions of Windows and XP can be upgraded to Windows 7 without a cumbersome “clean install” is causing a dust-up between bloggers and prompted Apple users to poke fun at Microsoft’s upgrade process.
The chart, which Microsoft provided to Walt Mossberg, who writes the popular “Personal Technology” column in the Wall Street Journal, consists of a 66-cell matrix that details what XP and Vista users face when upgrading to Microsoft’s next operating system.
Only 14 of the cells indicate an “in-place” upgrade, one that retains all data and applications, but simply swaps out the OS. Vista Home Premium, for example, can be upgraded in-place only to Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Ultimate.
The remaining 52 cells show where users must do a “custom” install, also often referred to as a “clean” install. That process requires users to back up data and settings, install Windows 7, then restore the data and re-install all applications.
Ed Bott, a noted Windows blogger and author, called the chart a public relations mistake — “Someone at Microsoft is secretly working for Apple,” he said in a Thursday post — but said concerns over the size of the matrix, and the overwhelming number of “custom” cells, is overblown.
“Most customers considering an upgrade will be running one of a handful of Windows products,” Bott said. “If they are using Windows XP, they’ll need to do a custom install to move up to Windows 7. That was announced ages ago. Most Vista users will have clear and logical upgrade paths from their current edition to the same edition of Windows 7.”
(more at the link above.)
Alan Spicer’s Note: In other words the Upgrade Chart is over-complicated for most users. If you have XP you are going to be doing a Wipe of your Hard Drive and Re-installation – including all the software that you need to use on a daily basis, and you better back up your data, favorites, emails, pictures, business or personal business files, address book (Outlook Express or Outlook) – because you will have to put it back.
Vista users will have a (supposedly) easier time because they will get to upgrade Vista to Windows 7 (equal version of Windows 7 to their version of Windows Vista) – supposedly saving all of their data, settings, and programs.
P.S. Alan Spicer does Laptop and Desktop service – so if you need an upgrade to Windows 7, or any other kind of fixup on your laptop or desktop please contact me. I do a lot of these for my marine / sail and motor yacht customers.
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