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Windows 7: Vista to w7 upgrade with new HDD, but old settings

06 Jan 2011   #1

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Vista to w7 upgrade with new HDD, but old settings

My wife's Vista Business PC is freezing all the time; might be the HDD. So now I want to replace the HDD and also migrate the whole data and settings to Windows 7. Any ideas what is the most efficient way to go about it? I do not trust the old HDD to upgrade on that one first; might loose all data.

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06 Jan 2011   #2
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I'm thinking a backup is step one.

Then installing Vista and the backup on the new HDD is step two.

Then the upgrade is step three.

Wait for more advice first as I haven't done this
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06 Jan 2011   #3

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06 Jan 2011   #4
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Start by checking the HD using theog's links to burn the maker's diag/repair CD then run extended test. Follow up with Disk Check

Next I'd test your RAM with memtest86 CD: RAM - Test with Memtest86+

There is no reason to reinstall Vista to new or wiped HD first to use Windows 7 Upgrade version, just leave the key blank during install and do the registry workaround after install given here: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version. Then activate at Computer>Properties link.

Other tips to getting a purrfect clean install with Windows 7 based on hundreds done here: re-install windows 7
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