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Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional

23 January 2010 - 08:46 AM

A couple months ago there was a thread regarding the release of Windows 7 and I posted a similar comment to this thread. However, only now is the information relevant to me, and I have some updates to the scenario that I could use some professional help with.


I have an HP Pavillion dv9000 laptop that I bought in 2007. It is currently running Windows Vista Home Premium SP2. Through my college, I can get Windows 7 Professional through the school's MSDNAA site. I've heard nothing but praise about Windows 7, and I'd love to get it (Windows Vista was far from perfect), but I am aware that I cannot simply upgrade from Vista Home Premium to 7 Professional. I would have to format my hard drive and perform a clean install of the operating system. Before I go on, here is a simple list of my specifications.

Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium (Service Pack 2) (32-bit)
Hard Drive: 160 GB
RAM Memory: 2 GB
Processor: AMD Turion 64 x2 Mobile Technology TL-52 1.6GHz
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150


Now things get confusing. First off, the MSDNAA site gives me two options to get Windows 7. I can either download an ISO image of the operating system for free (which would take hours, but hey, it would be free), or I could purchase a hard copy for $23 and shipping, which would be an additional ~$10. I've downloaded Microsoft Access off of the site in the past, so I'm familiar with the ISO image route, but being that I will be formatting my existing hard drive partition, I'm just kind of leery about what if something doesn't work. I have a very small secondary hard drive that came with the computer named HP RECOVERY. I'm not exactly sure what its purpose is, but from what I understand it has something to do with resetting the other hard drive back to factory settings. Which method do you think is the best? Free ISO image or cheap hard copy?

Next, I have my choice of either 32-bit or 64-bit. I have recently discovered that even though I am running a 32-bit operating system now, my processor is of the 64-bit nature. However, I have maxed out my system's RAM memory already. 2 GB is the maximum my motherboard will recognize, or so said the HP site. I understand that 2 GB is the minimum for 64-bit, so if I took 64, I would be living at the minimum requirement there. But I question whether that would be a big issue to me. All I do on my computer is Runescape HD (4xAA), fan forums, Internet browsing, Microsoft Office, and instant messaging. Would having only 2 GB hurt me? Also, being that I'm on a laptop, would 64-bit cause any excess heat? I've heard some rumors about that in the past, so I'm not exactly sure. Would all of the programs that I use now in 32-bit work in 64-bit? I don't use anything really fancy, just Windows Live Messenger, Opera, Firefox, Microsoft Office, etc. Which architecture do you think is the best for me? The 32-bit or the 64-bit?

Assuming all of the above works out in any way shape or form, then it would come down to the actual work. I have some discs and an 8GB flash drive I could use to backup my music and files (I don't have a lot, believe me), so I believe backup would be relatively simple for those things. What else requires backup when moving to a different operating system? Also, one of my friends I talked to about this mentioned that I would have to backup my drivers? I'm not even sure how to do that. How would I go about that, assuming it would need to be done?

Software wise, I don't have much installed, but what I do have is essential to my schoolwork and security. I have Norton 360 and Microsoft Office Home Student edition that I have discs for still. Everything else are applications I have downloaded off of the Internet that I can easily acquire again (Windows Live Messenger, Skype, Opera, Firefox, etc.). When I format my hard drive, these applications would be wiped out as well, but I wonder about my Norton and MS Office. Would the product keys I used for those applications work in Windows 7 after everything is done, or would I need new keys altogether? Would my other little knick knacks like my web cam and Lightscribe drive be affected by all of this?


That is all that I can think of as of now. Sorry for the wall of text. I tried to break it up so it is easier to read, I just have a lot of questions and concerns about the whole thing. I would very much appreciate any help on any of the above questions and issues I have. If I need to provide any more information, just let me know, and I'll find it.

Thank you in advance.

PS: Should I post one of those Dx Diagnostic things? I saw someone else refer to that recently.

I can now mine Runite!

20 October 2008 - 10:10 PM

An age old goal of mine I can finally check off the list.

Mining was always that skill I could fall back on when I was a little neeblet. Using Mining, I was able to acquire a lot of the money I used to make myself into what I am today.

Today, I am able to say I have essentially mastered the skill (well, not like 99, but c'mon, 85 is pretty darn leet...)

I present to you: 85 Mining.

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Well, now that I achieved that, I'm fresh out of ideas on what to do next. Gonna be in F2P for another month maybe. Idk.

Rate however you please.

Oh, and do tell, based on the stats in my siggie, what I should do next in f2p.

.:.: Brandon :.:.

28 September 2008 - 04:56 AM

Welcome to my BlogScape blog. I had let this thread die awhile back, but J35u5 M4 kinda made me update it.

Currently, I'm living a member's life. Just finished my first semester of college, now I have time to 'Scape more. Life for me is pretty much all slayer now. Sometimes I'll go to Dagannoth Kings, Tormented Demons, or God Wars, though.


Most recently, I achieved 99 magic and am working full time on slayer.


About Me

Skill Levels, Combat Level, Quest Points, and Diaries

Skillcapes and the Fire Cape

Current Goals

The Runescape Survey

"How about picking on someone your own size?" Sure.

14 August 2008 - 04:01 AM

Alright, so I was KCing for a round of Zamorak God Wars. I'm a level 121 wimp, so I just beat up Imps for KC.

I always thought, could I possibly get a Champion's Challenege here? Well, I got my answer today.

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Yeah. Leet. Finished up that round of God Wars with a 4 way Godsword Shard 3 drop. :?

Later on, I suited up, and creamed the imp who dared to challenge me. That was too easy :roll:

I missed the message that said that I beat the Imp Champion, so all you will have to settle for his face burned into a flag on the wall.

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I look forward to completing every Champion's Challenge. Bring it on, creatures of Runescape. 8-)

~~Brandon got 99 Attack~~

03 August 2008 - 10:42 PM

Woot! Finally after a month, I got my 99 Attack!

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Thanks to all that supported me <3: <3: <3: <3:

Me and Laura had some fun after. New skillcapes ftw?

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