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Windows 7: Backing up before a clean install

26 Sep 2009   #1

Windows Vista/Windows 7
Backing up before a clean install

Hey guys, I just found out that I can get a free copy of Windows 7 Professional through my school's MSDNAA subscription, so I'm going to do a clean install over Vista this weekend.

Do you guys have any tips for what I should make sure to back up that I might otherwise forget? I don't want to realize that I forgot to do something after I've already reformatted my drive.

So far, I've backed up all of my important documents, pictures, movies, saved games, etc. I also backed up my Firefox profile and my data for my IM client. Can you guys recommend anything else that I might overlook?

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26 Sep 2009   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Why not just the Windows Easy Transfer program and you wont have to worry about it.. See Brinks tutorial --==> here
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26 Sep 2009   #3

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

Read the Tutorial on Windows Easy Transfer

Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers

Tews beat me by 0.00001 sec
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26 Sep 2009   #4

Windows Vista/Windows 7

Ah, thank you! I had no idea that existed.
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26 Sep 2009   #5

Windows Vista/Windows 7

I'm having a problem. I'm trying to use Windows Easy Transfer to backup my files onto an external drive (1 TB of space total, 500 GB free), but the program says that the drive doesn't have enough free space to proceed. My laptop's hard drive is only 160 GB, so I don't understand how Windows Easy Transfer can possibly think my external drive doesn't have enough space to copy everything. Any idea what could be wrong? I have tried multiple times, but I always get the same error.
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