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Clean install or upgrade?

By: Arie Slob

This is the first question you have to ask yourself.

Here are some of the pros and cons of a clean install:

Clean Install pros Clean Install cons

  • It will clean out your Windows directory of all kind of orphan files which where left over from these shareware programs long since gone from your system - so you could reclaim some space in the process
  • You'll start with a clean registry, all "dead" keys will be gone, windows should therefore start and operate a little faster
  • You'll have fewer device configuration issues

  • It requires a higher level of experience - it could require installing hardware drivers from floppy disks, or securing newer drivers from peripheral makers
  • You'll have to reinstall all your applications
  • It requires more preparation and is tougher when installing over a network

Here are some of the pros and cons of an upgrade from another Windows version:

Upgrade pros Upgrade cons

  • Setup requires less user intervention
  • All your Windows configuration settings will be retained
  • No need to reinstall your applications
  • It's easier when installing over a network

  • It clutters your hard drive with obsolete files and programs, left overs from programs you uninstalled, thus taking up more hard disk space
  • Specially if your Windows 95 installation wasn't a clean install either, your registry is bound to be somewhat of a mess - making it more prone to disaster
  • Upgrade versions usually run a little slower than clean installations

It's your call, read through these pages, and decide which way to go!


If you decide to upgrade, clean your hard disk, for more information read Cleaning up your Hard Disk (don't forget to empty your Recycle Bin!).