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Windows 7: Restore to new laptop

21 Nov 2013   #1

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Restore to new laptop

My current laptop is a Windows 7 machine and I am using the backup and restore function that is part of Windows 7 to an external hard drive. Now suppose something serious happened to my laptop which couldn't be fixed and I had to buy a new laptop which naturally would come with Windows 8, would I be able to restore my files from my external hard drive? Thanks in advance.

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21 Nov 2013   #2
whs

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Not really. Besides driver problems you would have no way to activate that system (assuming it is a preinstalled OEM version).

But with the help of a couple of cheap OEM programs, you can tune Windows 8 to nearly look like Windows 7.
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21 Nov 2013   #3

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Thanks for the reply. What I should have perhaps mentioned is that, in the above scenario, I'm only interested in restoring my personal files: pictures, music, documents (doc. odt. spreadsheets, etc.). I get the feeling that the only sure way of safeguarding these personal files would be to manually copy them every couple of days from my c: to my external hard drive.
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21 Nov 2013   #4
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You can copy them also from the image. Attach the VHD of the image (Action button top left in Disk Management) and the image will show as a volume in Computer. That you can open like any volume and copy from it.
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21 Nov 2013   #5

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Thanks again.
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21 Nov 2013   #6
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You are welcome.
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