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Windows 7: Cloning program drive and data drives from XP to Windows 7 laptop


28 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 
Cloning program drive and data drives from XP to Windows 7 laptop

Hello:

I am trying to moved everything---program files as well as data files---from one laptop to another. The source is XP, the destination Windows 7 Home Premium 64. From what (little) I understand, most imaging programs clone everything, including the XP register and boot drive. But how can you then boot the Windows 7 machine to run the programs that were originally instaled in XP?

I know I can just drag over the data files and re-install all the software, but I am not sure I will live long enough to complete that task. Anybody? Ferris?

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28 Sep 2011   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

As far as I know, "cloning" implies moving the operating system (XP in this case)---which you don't want to do because Windows 7 is already on the destination laptop.

I think you are out of luck. If I recall correctly, any transition from XP to Windows 7 requires a fresh install, including applications. You just have to hope you will in fact live long enough to complete the task.
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28 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Live long enough? I recently migrated from XP to 7...fresh install, fresh application reinstalls, moving personal data, re-doing settings, everything.

Took me all of 1 week.

Plus, the warm fuzzy feeling of having a new and CLEAN system will be worth it.
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