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Windows 7: Upgrading fr XP to 7: The Bloated C Drive

27 Nov 2009   #1
WaltnCampSwampy

Windows 7
 
 
Upgrading fr XP to 7: The Bloated C Drive

Howdy, Foax! I just performed an upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7. Despite backing up all documents and settings to an external drive for subsequent, selective reinstallation, the upgrade appears not to have wiped and reformatted my C drive as I’d hoped, but to have ignored all files and folders on that drive, which remains 95% full. Despite the drive’s bloated status, opening My Documents in Win 7 reveals no files or folders. Can any tell me what happened, and how to access and/or remove these old files/folders?



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27 Nov 2009   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WaltnCampSwampy View Post
Howdy, Foax! I just performed an upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7. Despite backing up all documents and settings to an external drive for subsequent, selective reinstallation, the upgrade appears not to have wiped and reformatted my C drive as I’d hoped, but to have ignored all files and folders on that drive, which remains 95% full. Despite the drive’s bloated status, opening My Documents in Win 7 reveals no files or folders. Can any tell me what happened, and how to access and/or remove these old files/folders?





Sounds like your really did an upgrade. You must chose the clean install method. Am I right? If so, start over and chose clean install. If not delete your windows.old folder with a disk clean up
Good luck.
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27 Nov 2009   #3
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Since you went to all the trouble of backing up (smart choice) consider booting from the Win7 installer and doing the cleanest install of all: Custom using Advanced drive tools to format the drive.
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28 Nov 2009   #4
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WaltnCampSwampy View Post
Howdy, Foax! I just performed an upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7. Despite backing up all documents and settings to an external drive for subsequent, selective reinstallation, the upgrade appears not to have wiped and reformatted my C drive as I’d hoped, but to have ignored all files and folders on that drive, which remains 95% full. Despite the drive’s bloated status, opening My Documents in Win 7 reveals no files or folders. Can any tell me what happened, and how to access and/or remove these old files/folders?
Did the install create a windows.old folder? If so, it contains all the files from your old installation.

You can delete it using the disk cleanup system toll (under Accessories/System Tools).
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28 Nov 2009   #5
WaltnCampSwampy

Windows 7
 
 

Dear richc46, gregrocker, & bobkn:

Excellent guidance & advice from each of you! I have acted on your suggestions and am again in control! Thank you very sincerely for your time and assistance!

Best wishes & regards, Walt
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18 Dec 2009   #6
ozerimar1

Xp
 
 

bro did u buy the professional or the ultimate win 7 edition and not the upgrade? Difference? to 2 latter cost way more and are targeted at the corporate level. If u did buy any of the 2 latter then you are in luck and go here http://www.microsoft.com/windows/vir.../download.aspx and do the download.
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