I bought my HP laptop over 3 years ago with Vista installed, and the promise of a free upgrade to Windows 7. When the upgrade came through it consisted of two discs - one called "HP Upgrade Manager" which I had to run first, then I ran the Windows 7 disc, marked "For use only as an upgrade to a qualifying HP Windows 7 Upgrade PC". This has a valid MS product key sticker with it.
My overloaded laptop is now grindingly slow and it's time to reformat the HDD and reinstall W7. Does anyone know whether I can do this exactly in the same way that I originally performed the upgrade - that is, run the Upgrade Manager and then the Windows 7 disc? Or will the fact that Vista no longer exists on the computer cause some problems?
By the way, do you know what the "Upgrade Manager" disc is? Might it be various W7 drivers?
robinofloxley - you've suggested that I try an Inplace Upgrade. Please could you clarify that a bit? If I understand you correctly, I boot up from my W7 upgrade disc, then double-click "setup". Do I understand that I will then find an option to select "Inplace Upgrade" which will repair any Windows problems?
If so, I might just try that first, before resorting to a full reformat and reinstall.