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Windows 7: xp to 7 - any recomended alternatives to WET


13 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1
 
 
xp to 7 - any recomended alternatives to WET

Seems to me I saw a post that indicated there were better alternatives to Windows Easy Transfer ? I'm going from XP Pro to Win 7 pro.

Has WEP proven to be the safest/best way to more docs/settings/files etc after a 'clean' install of Win 7 Pro on a new hard drive ? ( Planning on keeping XP Pro on second drive...using bios controls rather than dual boot option )

Thanks, Tim


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13 Jan 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

I have answered a lot of questions about WET. Id say about 5% of the time there is a problem. The data to be trasnferred totally or partially disappears. I have used it myself and it was perfect. Everything was transferred, desktop, cookie, favorites, settings, everything but programs. If I had to again, I would use it, but have a second back up on an external HD, etc.
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13 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trinaz View Post
Seems to me I saw a post that indicated there were better alternatives to Windows Easy Transfer ? I'm going from XP Pro to Win 7 pro.

Has WEP proven to be the safest/best way to more docs/settings/files etc after a 'clean' install of Win 7 Pro on a new hard drive ? ( Planning on keeping XP Pro on second drive...using bios controls rather than dual boot option )

Thanks, Tim
You might want to check this for more info:
Description of Windows Easy Transfer for Windows Vista

Based on the Microsoft Support website you will be able to transfer files and settings but not program files:

"However, you cannot use Windows Easy Transfer to move program files. Windows Easy Transfer can only move data and program settings. To transfer the settings of a program to Windows Vista, you must install the program on the Windows based computer before you run Windows Easy Transfer."

So ideally all of your Files and Data would be safe except that to be able to view or open files that were created by third party software you would need to reinstall them on the new computer manualy.

Hope this works
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13 Jan 2010   #4

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi,

There are a couple of alternatives which spring to mind. I haven't compared thenm - so can't advise which may suit you best.

GFI is a highly regarded free file backup program - looks like it would do the job :

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There is also the free: takemeto7


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13 Jan 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Drag your active User accounts onto an external. Check everything is there. You;re done.

After install, open each folder and Select All, drag files as a group to same folder in Explorer tree at left.

All you miss with this method is copying settings (although they are hidden in User appdata folders if you really want them). But Settings are a corruption path into the new OS so I don't recommend copying them anyway.
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13 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1
 
 

Thanks guys...am aware that program files by any methode can't be tansfered...thinks mostly about docs..pdf...graphics work etc...not the main programs themselves.

One other key question...Will most 32 bit programs used on XP work on a new 64 bit Widnows & XP Pro isntallation ? Want to 'migrate tyo 64 bit...but not purchase ALL new software to run on a 64 bit Win 7 Pro system ?

Does it go based on individual programs...or will most apps isntalled on my XP Pro 32 bit system run ok on a new 7 Pro 64 bit system ?

Thanks
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13 Jan 2010   #7

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ALMOST all 32 bit can be used on 64 bit. I have no problem, I do not know of anyone with a problem. Of course helping out at this forum, I have run accross some, but, very few problems. Don't let that concern stop your transition.
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13 Jan 2010   #8

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I left to get you the compatibity center link. Test it out, see what works.

Windows Compatibility Center
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