Windows 7 RC Migration Options

My colleague forwarded an email  from a Microsoft employee to me. It’s about Windows 7 RC news. It is confirmed that Windows 7 RC will be released in just a few weeks. It can be downloaded from, TechNet and MSDN when it’s available. The downloads will be available at least through June 2009.

If you have installed Windows 7 Beta before, you know that there are two kinds of installation: clean install and upgrade. Here are the recommendations for different OS.

  • Windows XP: Clean install.
  • Windows Vista: Upgrade.
  • Windows 7 Beta: Clean install (Upgrading is possible, but new features of RC will not work if you choose to upgrade from Windows 7 Beta to RC).

Even though you can upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 RC, I’d suggest that you do a clean installation instead. Windows Easy Transfer can help you transfer files and settings from the old OS to the new OS. However, the Windows Easy Transfer do not transfer settings for 3rd party applications by default. Please refer to this post about how to customize it to transfer those files.

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