Time to update Windows again


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Microsoft did some major patching today (yesterday, depending on timezone)

I'm not sure this topic deserves its' own thread, but I couldn't find a better thread for it that it wouldn't get lost in.


Thanks! Forcing an update now.


For the un-aware, the second Tuesday of every month is Microsoft's patch day. Any patches they release are always released on the second Tuesday of the month. And being Microsoft you know there will always be some kind of patch.


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So I'm curious, I was reading an article that said upgrading from WinXP to Win7 required a rebuild. While this has always been a best practice there has always been an upgrade option in the past.

Is this true?
Is the expectation that you will be migrating from Vista to Win7?

Will MS ever figure out a consistent version numbering system?


0gre wrote:

So I'm curious, I was reading an article that said upgrading from WinXP to Win7 required a rebuild. While this has always been a best practice there has always been an upgrade option in the past.

Is this true?

Yes. I am not entirely certain why. My best guess is Microsoft is trying to "close the door" on the past and do a reboot (in movie parlance). Also, they could have learned from all of the experiences of upgrading from XP to Vista just how incompatible the two base systems are.

0gre wrote:
Is the expectation that you will be migrating from Vista to Win7?

Most certainly not. Considering how Microsoft had to extend XP support specifically because of customer dislike of Vista, they had better be aware that there are tons of XP users out there and that some will upgrade to 7.

0gre wrote:
Will MS ever figure out a consistent version numbering system?

Probably not. To do so would risk not being the "cool" new technique.

If you are considering upgrading XP to 7, Microsoft does have this guide to help you. With what I read, it really is just a fresh install though. So you might as well go that route - I think.

There is also this CNET article if readers prefer.

Shadow Lodge

When I used windows more frequently I always did fresh installs on upgrades and most people IT guys I know did so I guess this is nothing new. It was just a little surprising reading it was now required. A little more painful at first but almost certainly better overall for users in the long run.

I have a netbook with an XP partition I use occasionally for testing. It would be nice to have Windows 7 but I'm not really willing to drop $100+ on upgrading an every once in a while partition. I should have dropped the extra $50 at the time for Win7, I'll certainly do it next time.


Aaron Whitley wrote:
For the un-aware, the second Tuesday of every month is Microsoft's patch day. Any patches they release are always released on the second Tuesday of the month. And being Microsoft you know there will always be some kind of patch.

This is all true, but I felt this time merited special attention since it patched a hole that could allow Windows 7 to fall under complete control of an attacker.

This time was just a little bit more serious.

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I found going from XP to 7 pretty easy, backed everything up and fired away.

As an aside, I still had the mirror from when I upgraded Donna's computer to 7, fortunately for me since the sister took ehr computer before I could rescue photos off of it. So at least I have those.

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