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Windows 7: Win 7 upgrade strategy

04 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 7 64bit
Win 7 upgrade strategy

I'm running Vista 64 and plan to do a clean Win 7 install 10/22.
I've upgrade before, but always manually backing up up the necessary files and settings. I have an external drive.

But what about Easy File Transfer?
Could I install Win 7 over Vista and use Easy File Transfer?

1. Install Win 7 as an upgrade

2. Do an Easy File Transfer to my external drive (to take advantage of Win 7's more robust Easy File Transfer)

3. Format C and do an Clean Install

4. Use Easy File Transfer to restore my previous files and settings off my external drive.

Think it will work?

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04 Sep 2009   #2

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

I did Windows Easy File Transfer on an earlier Build of Win7

It worked very smoothly

149gb backed-up to easy transfer file on ext HD.

Transferred in & everythings worked with NO problems

Here is the link to the Tutorial

Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers

" Doc "
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04 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 x64 finally!

Bill, your idea sounds good and logical. I myself have no experience with EFT and I am seeking advice. Please let me know if it works well. Tks
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04 Sep 2009   #4

Windows 7 64bit

The tutorial makes it look easy. My computer has two user accounts, mine and my wife's.
Do I have to do the file transfer under each account?

I want to say that one of Win 7's EFT features is that it does all accounts at once. But I'm not sure...I'll search the web..

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04 Sep 2009   #5

Windows 7 64bit

According to this website, yes, EFT asllows you to do multiple accounts at once.

Inside the Windows 7 Easy Transfer Utility | ZDNet Photo Gallery
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04 Sep 2009   #6

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BillS22 View Post
According to this website, yes, EFT asllows you to do multiple accounts at once.

Inside the Windows 7 Easy Transfer Utility | ZDNet Photo Gallery
Glad you found that on ZDNet

Here is my one Big EFT of 149gb on an external HD

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04 Sep 2009   #7

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Hello, Bill.

Not wanting to tell you how you should do the migration, I just want to tell you how I've done it already a couple of times and with a couple of computers. My method is maybe a little bit unconventional, but it is a easy, reliable way to assure you can transfer absolutely everything to your new OS. It takes just a few clicks:

First, I create a full System Image of my Vista system using Vista Backup and Restore. It creates a virtual hard disk file plus some xml-catalog files to X:\WindowsImageBackup\Y\Backup Z , where X: is the drive where I save the backup image, Y is the name of my computer and Z is the date backup image was created.

See the images:

Win 7 upgrade strategy-backup_image.png
Win 7 upgrade strategy-backup_image2.png

When I've done with Windows 7 installation, the first thing I install after virus protection and firewall is Virtual PC and Virtual XP (free download here). Using Virtual XP or any other virtual machine, I then mount the Vista System Image (a vhd-file, virtual hard disk) as a second hard drive to this virtual machine. This tutorial explains how to do that.

After that, I have access to everything I had on my Vista. The Vista backup image is now shown as a hard drive on the virtual machine:

Win 7 upgrade strategy-backup_image3.png
Win 7 upgrade strategy-backup_image4.png

Every file and folder. I like to do it this way because doing so I have no need to think what to transfer; it saves absolutely everything from the Vista system, I can always retrieve any file or folder I need. In worst case scenario I can also use this system backup image to restore Vista.

Notice please: also some applications can be transferred this way, but mostly only portable ones which don't write anything to the registry.

Good luck with migration!


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