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Windows Upgrades

October 19, 2009

windows I would tend to say upgrades (upgrading the existing OS without a format) should not be allowed as they tend to carry over baggage over from the previous install this can be OS issues or installed software or even virus or malware problems.

All installations should be a format and reinstall however the problem is nobody seems to have a solution for data when doing this. if the user has a small amount a couple or several of DVDs could be sufficient but if you have gigabytes of data you might need a external HDD.If we looked to the cloud this might work for small amounts but a temporary folder in the cloud would be no use for lots of data due to bandwidth this id down to the amount of time it would take to copy/verify and then retrieve/verify the users data not to mention a lot of users may have a limited amount of transfer allowance on their broadband connection (that’s for another posting).

If I were a engineer at Microsoft one of the things I would be doing is investigating the data partition method.

Let me explain setup would create a temporary partition for the installation of the new OS, install the new OS once that has been done calculate the amount of space required for the data + OS and the resize the the temporary partition copy all data to the temporary partition, then verify the user is happy with the transfer. once happy setup will delete the old system partition and then resize the main install all with out overly complicated user interaction.

If you have any other ideas on how this could be done let me know I an interested to see how other ideas would resolve this issue.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 21, 2009 12:06 am

    Cool idea.

    This option although would resolve someone from moving old data, but doesn’t seem like it would take the applications with it because they would need to take peices of the older OS to keep those apps working properly and thus not a fresh install.

    As I understood it Upgrades utilize libs from the old OS to keep the apps stable.
    I could by wrong, just seemed that way from what I’ve seen in past upgrades.

    Also it would put MS on the hook for trying to capture and save “data”.
    Folks keep data in a million places, files would be lost then all those folks in India and China would get like 4 million tech calls from the US.

    It would be Armageddon!

    • October 23, 2009 1:01 pm

      Yeah this soloution is only for data. It’s always good at least once a year to wipe the slate and start again. one days work for a year of bliss almost like having a girlfreind!

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