I am about to upgrade all of my Vista Home Premium pcs to Windows 7 64 bit and since it will be custom install there seems an opportunity to do it in the best possible way. I am hoping someone can advise on the rolls royce solution. This is what I plan so additions or corrections appreciated.
- Backup all my files to an external hardrive
- Download all Win7 64 bit drivers for all my hardware
- Locate all program installation discs or save the installation files to an external disc
- Where needed purchase software upgrades if current version not compatible with Win7
- Insert Win7 Pro 64 bit disc in pc to be upgraded
- Choose "Custom Install"?? Is this what happens? Does this recognise the vista key then format the drive before installing win7?
- Should I partition the C drive so Win7 is in its own small space and then install all programs to a seperate partition? Previously I had all my programs on the c drive, but have read this is suboptimal? If so what size should I make the Win7 partition?
- Reinstall all programs and drivers
- I have a spare pc so can use thw in& Easy transfer software to transfer al lthe files/settings from each Vista pc to a freshly installed Win7 pc. if this doesn't work I have the files backed up on the external drive.
- I have 5 pcs on a LAN and use one like a file server so most documents are stored on this and other pcs use this.
- I have a orinter conencted to this main pc that the others access.
- I am assuming there is some simple way of creating a workgroup so all the pcs see each other across the LAN
- Is there anything I need ot do to ensure all the pcs can access read/write files on each other as understand permissioning in win7 is a black art?