It could take more than 20 hours to perform an upgrade installation of Windows 7. But for most, it'll take about two or three. [Chris Hernandez]

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  1. daniel.dee says:

    No, the amount of time this will take out of my life will be zero.

  2. dculberson says:

    Seems odd that the amount of data files would affect the upgrade time. What, does it need to play each movie through to make sure it’s non-infringing?

    (And if the data files don’t affect the upgrade time, why mention them?)

  3. Agies says:

    I imagine the Win 7 install shuffles some data around to try and install in a contiguous area. Plus it probably re-indexes any indexed folders and most likely rebuilds the user directories where data files are often stored these days.

  4. roguecnidarian says:

    Do they assume Powerusers will not have a “low-end” system? And since when is a 64-bit processor “low-end”? (Says me, who still thinks his G5 PowerMac is a fast thing). And what, exactly, is x64? Is this a new architecture? The only current 64-bit processor architecture I know of is x86-I64.

    I mourn the passing of the RISC PowerPC age more every day.

  5. Alan says:

    Upgrading from Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) to 10.6 (Snow Leopard) took 45 minutes.

    Just saying.

  6. Agies says:

    @3 So did installing Service Pack 1. Heyo!

  7. stjarna says:

    The upgrade took about 90 minutes for me on two different machines (I’m a developer, so get these things early!). I can imagine 20 hours being a bit of an extreme case (lots of fragmented files, slower hardware…).

  8. Anonymous says:

    I like how that website doesn’t work unless your horizontal resolution is greater than 1610 pixels… It doesn’t even display right on 1600×1200, you need a bigger monitor or a two monitor setup or else some of the text is cut off.

    I actually had to stretch the window across two monitors to read it… Isn’t HTML designed to accommodate such things, or did this guy miss the memo?

  9. Stuart says:

    I have never found anything other than a clean install to be worth the inevitable grief down the road (because it never hard-fails immediately, it’s always something subtly fatal over days or weeks).

    2-3 hours for an upgrade are times that I would consider unacceptable, but more than 20!? No effing way!

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