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Windows 7: Custom installation winXP-win7


02 Aug 2010   #1

Windows XP
 
 
Custom installation winXP-win7

Hi everybody

At this moment I have windows XP and I want to install windows 7. I can't upgrade my system to Windows 7 but on the other hand I don't want my documents and programs to be erased. So I thought to install Windows 7 on the same drive as the XP installed without formatting it and to create a windows.old folder.
So I got some questions:

1) Is it gonna work?
2) Will the windows.old folder contain ALL my documents and programs from windows XP?
3) Will I be able to copy those programs from windows.old to another location and run them without installing? Or I have to install them again?

Thank you very much for replying and sorry for my bad english

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02 Aug 2010   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

You can copy all of your documents, pictures, music, etc, from the windows.old folder, but you will have to do a clean install of windows 7... You will also need to reinstall your programs..
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02 Aug 2010   #3

Windows XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
You can copy all of your documents, pictures, music, etc, from the windows.old folder, but you will have to do a clean install of windows 7... You will also need to reinstall your programs..
well yes that's what I'm planning to do. I just hope that there will be no error and windows.old WILL be created, because if not, i'm doomed XD
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02 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Programs, no. Documents and other personal files, yes. You can copy certain folders that contain you data for certain programs; like your settings, browser history, and bookmarks for whatever web browser you use, for example. You just have to know what you are looking for.
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02 Aug 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Xranitel View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
You can copy all of your documents, pictures, music, etc, from the windows.old folder, but you will have to do a clean install of windows 7... You will also need to reinstall your programs..
well yes that's what I'm planning to do. I just hope that there will be no error and windows.old WILL be created, because if not, i'm doomed XD




Hello Xranitel, welcome to Seven Forums!



There's no guarantee you will not lose your date, the wise thing to do would be to make back-ups to the external media of your choice, of any data, i.e., pics, docs music that you would not want to lose because it may go wrong and then it'll be too late.
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02 Aug 2010   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

If transfering from Win XP, download the update WET from here:
Download details: Windows Easy Transfer for transferring from Windows XP (32 bit) to Windows 7

Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers

Warning do not use the old Win XP Easy Transfer, will not work with Vasta or Windowds 7.
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03 Aug 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

You'll need to back up your files anyway.

Don't bother importing settings as it is a corruption path from XP.

Go clean all the way: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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