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Windows 7: Cloning program drive and data drives from XP to Windows 7 laptop

28 Sep 2011   #1
Satch Carlson

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
Cloning program drive and data drives from XP to Windows 7 laptop


I am trying to moved everything---program files as well as data files---from one laptop to another. The source is XP, the destination Win7 Home Premium 64. From what (little) I understand, most imaging programs clone everything, including the XP register and boot drive. But how can you then boot the Win7 machine to run the programs that were originally instaled in XP?

I know I can just drag over the data files and re-install all the software, but I am not sure I will live long enough to complete that task. Anybody? Ferris?

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28 Sep 2011   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

As far as I know, "cloning" implies moving the operating system (XP in this case)---which you don't want to do because Windows 7 is already on the destination laptop.

I think you are out of luck. If I recall correctly, any transition from XP to Windows 7 requires a fresh install, including applications. You just have to hope you will in fact live long enough to complete the task.
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28 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit

Live long enough? I recently migrated from XP to 7...fresh install, fresh application reinstalls, moving personal data, re-doing settings, everything.

Took me all of 1 week.

Plus, the warm fuzzy feeling of having a new and CLEAN system will be worth it.
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