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How do I upgrade from Vista to Win 7 ?


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I typed in the S/N but it did not narrow anything down.

I did install the chip set driver and I think it worked - how can you tell if it did ?


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I installed what I thought were the correct drivers for wireless, audio, monitor, and the chip set one you linked to.

I am now connected to the internet via my wireless network.

I sure have learned a lot !

I assume now that I can go to that T410 driver site, have it detect my laptop, and then download any additional drivers it recommends ?


Edited by Buccaneer, 28 December 2015 - 06:14 PM.

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I assume now that I can go to that T410 driver site, have it detect my laptop, and then download any additional drivers it recommends ?

 

Check the Device Manager and if there are no yellow (!) then I would leave it that way, next I would recommend Upgrade Internet Explorer to the latest version (v11) and after that do all the Windows Updates.


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Thanks sleepy - and everyone else who has helped me.

I have learned a lot !

I now have a nice little T410 laptop that has an i5 with 6GB of ram that runs Win 7 Pro very well.

I only paid $100 for the laptop and bought the Win 7 DVD for about $60.00.

By the way, I wanted to mention that the T410 seems to be built like a tank compared to some of the all plastic laptops out there nowadays.

 

I next am going to try installing a SSD, and then use the hard drive in the laptop now to back up my iTunes library.


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Thank you Buccaneer.

 

I'm glad that all went well.


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OK, I have another question.

My install of Win 7 Pro appears to be stable and running well.

I have had no issues and have all the recommended updates installed; there were a lot of them ! 

 

I do have 2 files left on the hard drive:

 

Windows.old - which is 25.8 GB

Windows.old000 - which is 11.3 GB

 

Can those 2 files safely be deleted ?

Or should I save them to a thumb drive and then delete them from the laptop hard drive ?

Would there ever be any need for me to use them in the future ?

 

Thanks gentlemen !


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Those folders shouldn't exist if you did a clean install by booting from the Windows 7 DVD!!!

 

The folders have recent dates?


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Yeah, they are dated 12.28.15

What did I do wrong ?

I thought I booted from the DVD and then choose custom install


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You have also the normal Windows folder?

 

To confirm what is the folder where windows is currently installed you can click Start -> Run %windir%


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I have 4 files:

 

Windows

Windows.old

Windows.old000

Windows.old000


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And, by the way, there is no start and then run.

I found those files by typing the %windir% into the search bar that appears above the start button


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And, by the way, there is no start and then run.

I found those files by typing the %windir% into the search bar that appears above the start button

 

Sorry I use Classic Shell...

 

Press Windowskey+R.jpgtype %windir% what is the folder that opens?


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Computer>Windows[C:]>Windows

I wanted to end up with a clean new install of Win 7 Pro; I needed nothing from the old Vista OS


Edited by Buccaneer, 30 December 2015 - 05:50 PM.

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Computer>Windows[C:]>Windows

I wanted to end up with a clean new install of Win 7 Pro; I needed nothing from the old Vista OS

 

Yes. Boot using the DVD at some point you can select the Hard Disk containing Windows Vista and delete all the Partitions, let the Setup create the needed Partitions automatically unless you don't want to use the full disk for the Operating System.
http://www.wikihow.c...s-7-(Beginners)

 
Yep you missed the part in bold, steps 11/12 on the guide I linked.

 

If I was you I would start fresh again!


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Yep Sleepy, you are correct.

 

During the install, I was asked which drive I wanted to install to.

There was the large C drive and then a small [under 1GB] system reserved drive.

I chose C and a message popped up that the old stuff would be saved in those Windows.old files.

I did not realize that I should of formatted the drive at that point.

 

I hate to start over, I have installed over 100 Windows updates.

Isnt deleteing those Windows.old files acheving the same thing as a "clean" install ?


Edited by Buccaneer, 31 December 2015 - 07:55 AM.

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