articuno1au, on 07 August 2012 - 08:53, said:
Personally I would suggest establishing a good backup system, formatting and going from clean.
Not to give Andrea's input any credence whatsoever; there are advantages to clean installs (mainly in neatness and install size) which make it worth while.
On top of this, having a good backup system means you can format, reinstall and be up and running in next to no time. For instance, my turn around time from format start to back fully installed and running is about 2 hours (I scripted an unattended install for office/visual studio etc).
It's a huge advantage if anything crashes/needs replacing or you get a virus you don't want to risk leaving on your system.
However, what's the deal with the install size of (the new) Windows folder?
Will the old folder just be renamed Windows.old and a new one created and installed in?
The itchy part is the registry I guess.... (neatness)
Basically you are just saying... do a clean install and I'm better off in the long run?
Like I said, the progams used on my notebook - and which are to be installed afterwards - are not that much. Just some Office applications and browsers and other productivity software, like Adobe, Diskeeper etc.
Windows 8 has a new file system right? Windows ReFS.
I guess with an upgrade I'd still stick to the NTFS file system of Windows 7 and have Windows 8 as primary OS on NTFS. This could cause some (major) problems - maybe.
So a clean install is preferred. At least I think so....?