Windows 7 In-Place Upgrades Could Take 20+ Hours

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Microsoft has stated that some in-place upgrades from Winodws Vista to Windows 7 could take as much as 20 hours, or more, to complete.

Upgrade times are dependant on machine calibur and the amount of drive space the user is taking up. The worst times were achived by mixing a medium calibur machine and a larger profile of 650GB of data and 40 applications. This test took so long that Microsoft decided not to test a low calibur machine mixed with a very large amount of data.

Typical times for medium calibur machines and general users were around 2-3 hours.

Source: Computer World



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Comments (6)

  • Spelling Nazi says:

    7 typos in 5 sentences. Wow!

  • That’s a pretty amount of time, but i am sure many will still upgrade.

  • ken says:

    Or an alternative is to resize the Vista partition with the built in tool from Microsoft, then install Win7 to the empty partition. I have done this and installed in less than an hour:) And with dual boot, when Vista goes down, there is always Win7! I have some of my Vista folders added to the Libraries in Win7, nice feature. As always, backup before any upgrades or partition changes.

  • Norman says:

    You’re speling is appaling. Do you employ poeple whom have just left school? For as we know, many of them leave nowing absolutley nothing. I’ve had enough. How do I unsubscribe?

  • Jiriki says:

    If you have any user data in a profile, you are crazy to 1. not back it up. 2. since Win7 keeps existing preferences (including profile) performing a copy… 650GB, yeah, it’s going to take a while.
    Direct users, especially heavy ones (650GB comes to mind) NOT to use My Documents, Desktop etc. Beyond all the other reasons not to; and store in a seperate core structure. Easier to recover, backup path, etc.

    650GB… *cackle*

  • Ron says:

    Ubuntu takes 25 minutes to install and this would be a true upgrade, vs Windows 7, which is really an upDATE to Vista.

    Windows 7 – aka “Vista-Patched” or Vista SP3 as I like to call it.