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Windows 7: Upgrading from XP

07 Apr 2010   #11

Windows 7 Professional x64

If you do a clean install on top of the existing installation, without formatting, the user data will be backed up automatically to a folder called Windows.old, located in the C drive.

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08 Apr 2010   #12

Windows 7-Home Premium

I got a family pack where I could install Windows 7 on 3 different computers. See if you can find that. I wonder if that was only a limited time offer right when Windows 7 came out.

I had 2 Vista machines [desktop and laptop]. I did a clean install on my desktop and an upgrade on my laptop. I've had little trouble with 7 at all, but the machine that has given me more trouble was the desktop where I did the clean install... for what it's worth. But a clean install makes more sense because you are starting over and any kind of unknown bugs would be gone with the fresh install.
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08 Apr 2010   #13

Windows7 64bit Upgrade clean install.

I'd like to know where you guys got the idea that you lose all your data came from doing a clean install of 7 from XP, but it's incorrect... I've done a number of clean installs, from XP to 7 HP, and unless you did a reformat of your drive, the folders that you had before are still in place! I had folders for iPod movies, music, pictures, and others, not in a user folder, that were still intact after I did "clean" installs from XP.

If you are moving from 32bit XP to 64bit 7, yeah, sure, changing the file format would -86 your data, but just a clean install from XP to 7 is not going to erase your drive and everything on it. i'm jus' sayin'...
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09 Apr 2010   #14


Thanks so much for the advice. I really appreciate your time.
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