Is a clean install better than upgrading? [closed]


I've encountered a few problems with upgrading from v11.10 to v12.04-LTS, however I was able to perform first an automated cleanup via ubuntu-tweak, and then later I followed that up with a manual cleanup from the command-line by first running 'updatedb' to update my location database of all items within the filesystem, then 'locate oneiric' to locate any objects that called to the 11.10 distribution specifically, then I simply opened a 2nd terminal and deleted each object tied to oneiric that wasn't obviously something that needed to be handled differently, such as via an uninstall/reinstall, first.

I did have to reinstall my graphics drivers for my laptop's Nvidia Go chipset, and I've encountered a few problems from some of my screenlets that I carried over from oneiric, but overall it's not been a bad deal.

I'll say this about upgrades: If you have a lot of experience with troubleshooting an Ubuntu or other Linux based system, then upgrading is not a bad deal...

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Actually, upgrading is always better from a user's point of view. Who wants to keep starting from scratch, restoring one's programs, documents etc every time one gets a new computer or OS version...

That said, you probably used the word "better" in the sense "more stable" here in this context :)

Now the reality with Windows is that a clean install is very often less problematic than an upgrade. In my experience, I have always had trouble with upgrades, not one was successful for me so far, I've always had to basically redo a clean install after an upgrade. What I call an unsuccessful upgrade is one that I have to scratch and reinstall from scratch within a month because Windows proves to crash too often after the upgrade, and I couldn't find a solution to the problem within that time... (an unstable machine for me is a machine that can't run for at least 2 weeks without crashing).

I've done about 6 attempts at upgrades so far (since ~1998). My take on it is:...

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Letme Explain you the Reason why i confessed to this Before writing the actual article.I’ve faced a couple of Problems After Upgrade to Hardy which Appeared when i had a clean install of hardy on the other system.The Problem i faced are out of scope of this post.Anyways u can find it here

–>Pls Avoid the upgrade button!

When a new Linux version is made available, an upgrade button appears in Update Manager You are into least troubles with a clean installation, with formatting of the target partition.I explain this maybe partly due to the configuration files that exist in the old version which cause complications in the new version.

–>Always Maintain A separate home partition

Its Always Advisable to maintain a Seperate Home Partition which comes Really Handy at such times.Dont worry if you dont have a seperate partition you can backup things onto a pendrive

–>Save your Emals

Goto your Home Folder and Press Ctrl+A to view hidden...

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I'm new to Linux, just under 5 months now. I started with 6.04 LTS (it's a long story) in July of this year, I read a lot and within a week I spent 14 hours upgrading to 6.01 and another night upgrading to 7.04. I had nothing installed except the "clean install" programs at the time. Since then I have added programs, done "some" tweaking, and saved a lot of HowTo's, Created a ZIM help file for terminal commands I have learned, linking in man pages, and examples from the forums and questions.

I'm running Feisty i386 Desktop (32bit), on a desktop, not a laptop. It's an old PIII (800Mhz - 512MB RAM) on an Intel D815EEA motherboard, sound and video cards are built in. Works great right "out of the box" so to speak.

I get my programs from:
Ubuntu 7.04 _Feisty Fawn_ - Release i386 (20070415)/main
Ubuntu 7.04 _Feisty Fawn_ - Release i386 (20070415)/restricted

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Clean install will, assuming no installation quirks and inherently stable software in both versions, always produce an end-product that is at least equal to (though normally better than) the reliability of an upgraded system.

Upgrades are a calculated risk. You gain convenience at the risk of having an unstable system afterwards. While the process of updating is like all other software in the sense that it is getting better and better with each generation, the only way to be completely free of that risk is to simply do away with the action that introduces it into the process. That is, the only way to be 100% free of instability caused by an upgrade is to simply not upgrade, leaving a clean install as the only way to advance to a newer...

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Since Microsoft launched its next operating system on July 29th to the world, millions of computers are already running Windows 10, and millions more are expected to follow. In fact, Microsoft hopes to upgrade over one billion devices in the next 2-3 years, and at this rate, chances look promising.

Although Windows 10 is packed with new features, such as the return of the Start menu, a new Action Center, new security features like Windows Hello, and Cortana, there is another good reason why people are upgrading so quickly. It's because the company is making Windows 10 a free upgrade to every computer running a genuine copy of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

If you haven't upgraded, you probably are still wondering, what is the best option to upgrade to Windows 10? It's possible to do an in-place upgrade via Windows Update, or you can also do a clean installation of the operating system.

To clear things up a bit and help you decide what's the best option for you,...

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The fix for many problems seems to be a Clean Install but this is defeating part of the test process. When 10 is released, I would bet 90% of the people who switch will do an upgrade because that is what they are being offered. Few will know what a Clean Install is, much less how to do one.

Seems to me it would be better if more people did upgrades for testing purposes then report the problems to get them fixed rather than doing a Clean Install that fixes your problem but leaves the real problem unreported and unfixed.


You're confusing two things. Upgrading from a previous release of Windows, and upgrading from a previous BETA of Windows 10.

Microsoft does not put much effort into ensuring that upgrades from previous betas are problem-free, because there are literally hundreds, if not thousands of betas they would have to reconcile (remember, we only get a minute fraction of the beta builds they...

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Do an Upgrade Install or a Clean Install?

When you are upgrading to a newer operating system, there is two different ways you can do the install. Here is the differences

Upgrade Install - This is where you have an older operating system on the computer such as Windows Me and you want to install a newer operating system. On this procedure, you install the newer operating system from within windows and let the CD upgrade the previous windows to the newer operating system. It maintains your settings and doesn't erase the drive. Clean Install - This is still an upgrade from an older operating system such as Windows Me but instead of installing the newer operating system from within the older OS, you are deleting the older OS first and making the drive blank first. You do this by shutting the computer off and boot to the Windows CD. You then delete the older windows and install this windows on the drive. (During the install, the...
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Hello guys, I'm asking this question because I couldn't find any concrete answers/evidence on the internet. I'm planning on updating to iOS11 on both my iPad and iPhone when it releases later this month. I've heard that a Clean Install will 'wipe out' old files and leave an iPhone or iPad running new. On the flip side I've heard that updating is perfectly fine and that iOS replaces the old version, leaving no old files behind (except user data of course). I've also heard that this concern of the OS being 'clean' stems from the old PC days of upgrading Windows and isn't applicable anymore.

I have a couple questions if any of you guys can answer them...

Is there any word from Apple or those of you who are tech savvy that can back up any of these claims from a technical standpoint?

Which one do you prefer and why?

I just want my devices to be as glitch-free and running as smooth as possible....

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Starting with Windows 10, Microsoft has moved away from releasing a new version of the operating system every three years to a more frequent schedule.

Now the OS has transitioned to a servicing model, which we know as Windows as a Service (WaaS). This new model allows the company to release big updates with features around every six months. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is the perfect example of Windows as a Service.

Although the software giant refers to these new releases as “updates”, they’re actually new versions of the operating system. They roll out as updates, but they require full reinstallation of the operating system to apply new changes. And while installation process has gotten better, there is a big difference between a clean install versus upgrading keeping files and apps.

Upgrading can sometimes cause issues

The caveat is how these feature updates install on your device. On most devices, when a new version is available, Windows Update...

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I upgraded to OS X Lion yesterday, everything went fine and I used it for the day without crashes or problems. In the evening, I decided to burn myself a DVD from the installer, and I did a clean install. Am I the only one to notice that the OS X Lion clean install is buggier than the upgrade? Why is that?

Examples of "buggier":

I wasn't able to finish the initial user account set up. At the moment of taking a picture of myself for my account, I got away from my computer 10 minutes, it seemed to go on sleep, and it never woke up. After that, on the login screen, I entered my pwd, pressed ok, and the wait cursor showed up. I let it spin for 10 minutes, then got tired of it and restarted the computer. Finally, this morning, after my computer woke from sleep mode, the mail full screen application froze on an administrator login screen.


After a couple of weeks of using Lion, everything goes smoothly. The issues I had have gone away...

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Apr 14, 2010

I have a compaq nx7010. It started out with 8.04 or perhaps 8.10. I upgraded it through to 9.04 when that became available. I have not upgraded to 9.10 year, because I recall it took me a fair amount of time to get my system working correctly after the 9.04 upgrade. At a guess, audio went down, wifi broke, and that sort of thing. I am now finding that apps I use are not releasing new versions compatible with 9.04. And I see 10.04 is on its way, and I understand it is best to go from one upgrade to the next rather than jump a release.

Here's my question:
I get the impression it is cleaner and more stable to do a clean install as opposed to an upgrade. I've also seen many people expressing that view. I've always just gone with upgrading because I didn't like the thought of having to set my whole computer up the way I like it, again. Is there a way to do a clean install that will keep my system the way I like it? For instance, to not have to reconfigure...

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Most of you might have already installed the brand new

Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

. I did too. But here is something I would really like to know from you guys. I tried upgrading the whole distro 2 times before and failed miserably. It took a heck lot of time and post installation issues were simply overwhelming.

So here's my take.
Clean installation is a much better way than the dist-upgrade option in its current form. In reality clean installation takes even less time since you have already downloaded the ISO. If you are a guy who likes experimenting with new stuff all day, you are definitely going to end up with a whole lot of unnecessary apps and libraries. Clean installation can help you start all over again without all the fluff. You will be amazed by the sheer amount of "new" space you were able to liberate out of the mess. Installing from scratch is fun. Period. Using the USB Disk Creator app to burn the ISO image into an USB and using it as the...
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Microsoft confirms that there will be no "in-place upgrade" option for XP users. It means that, for Windows XP users who avoided Vista because of its many problems, that upgrade work may seem as making it harder for them to finally adopt a new version of Windows.

Instead, they'll have to do a clean install, which means they have to back up their data, install Windows 7 (either deleting or XP or installing as a separate environment), reinstall their applications, restore their data, and re-create their preferences.

Consumers and small businesses are the ones who tend to prefer the in-place upgrade option, and they're the ones who may be annoyed by the clean-install requirement if coming from XP.

Should Microsoft Support Upgrade From Windows XP?

Microsoft is in a bit of a no-win situation here: Support the upgrade and live with whatever bad experiences users have or don't support the upgrade and make it harder for people to do it.


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Ever since Microsoft launched Windows 7, there’s been a lot of discussion about the best way of installing the new operating system: the clean install or the upgrade option. Short of buying a new ...

Ever since Microsoft launched Windows 7, there’s been a lot of discussion about the best way of installing the new operating system: the clean install or the upgrade option. Short of buying a new computer with Windows 7 pre-installed, the upgrade may seem like the easiest choice, however, the clean install option proves to be the most efficient in terms of PC performance and responsiveness.

With a clean install, users have to save their files, wipe their hard disk, and install Windows 7 on an empty hard disk. Then they have to reinstall their programs, and set up everything the way they want it. With an upgrade, users have to insert the Windows 7 disc and let it automatically update their running Vista system, keeping all of their preexisting files and settings....

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Greetings --

Some people will recommend that you perform a clean installation,
rather than upgrade over an earlier OS. For the most part, I feel
that these people, while well-meaning, are living in the past, and are
basing their recommendation on their experiences with older operating
systems. You'd probably save a lot of time by upgrading your PC to
WinXP, rather than performing a clean installation, if you've no
hardware or software incompatibilities. Microsoft has greatly
improved (over earlier versions of Windows) WinXP's ability to
smoothly upgrade an earlier OS.

WinXP is designed to install and upgrade the existing operating
system while simultaneously preserving your applications and data, and
translating as many personalized settings as possible. The process is
designed to be, and normally is, quite painless. That said, things
can go wrong, in a small number of cases. If your data is at all
important to...

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Upgrading to Windows XP

I’ve been flooded with calls recently about upgrading to Windows XP. I’m not sure why there is this sudden interest in upgrading to XP, but there are issues and concerns which need to be addressed before a final decision is made. Not doing your homework can turn an upgrade into your worst nightmare. Before I go any further, I’m going to set out my opinion regarding upgrading an earlier operating system to Windows XP. Don’t do it.

My personal experience has shown that very seldom, if ever, do you realize the full potential of a new operating system when it’s installed as an upgrade. The most meticulous of users can’t guard against all the stray files, drivers, and registry entries that creep into a system through normal use. I see no sense in starting out at a disadvantage. Far too often I’ve heard an operating system badmouthed as being an unstable nightmare when the fault is with the upgrade...

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Peltier units are designed to operate at a voltage between 3-12 volts, and the 5 volts from your USB port work just fine. Although the amperage could ideally be higher, the 500 mw output is acceptable. Cut away the end of an old USB cable (or pick up a cheapy) and strip back a couple of inches of the plastic covering. Inside you will find 4 wires, usually within a braided or thin aluminum shield. The wire colors will be white, green, red, and black. Trim back the white and green wires, strip off a small bit of the black and red wires, and solder them to the red and black wires of the peltier unit. Wrap with electrical tape or use heatshrink tubing. If you need information on correct soldering procedure or the use of heatshrink tubing, there are many excellent Instructables that will gve you all the information you need, simply do a search!

Optionally, you can attach a 1K limiting resister in between the red and black wires, although you are quite safe at the voltage and mA...

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This chapter details the steps required to install PostGIS.

To compile assuming you have all the dependencies in your search path:

tar xvfz postgis-2.2.7dev.tar.gz cd postgis-2.2.7dev ./configure make make install

Once postgis is installed, it needs to be enabled in each individual database you want to use it in.

psql -d yourdatabase -c "CREATE EXTENSION postgis;" psql -d yourdatabase -c "CREATE EXTENSION postgis_topology;" -- if you built with sfcgal support -- psql -d yourdatabase -c "CREATE EXTENSION postgis_sfcgal;" -- if you want to install tiger geocoder -- psql -d yourdatabase -c "CREATE EXTENSION fuzzystrmatch" psql -d yourdatabase -c "CREATE EXTENSION postgis_tiger_geocoder;" -- if you installed with pcre -- you should have address standardizer extension as well psql -d yourdatabase -c "CREATE EXTENSION address_standardizer;"

Please refer to Section 2.4.3, “Building PostGIS Extensions and Deploying them” for more details about querying...

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