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Windows 7: How do I transfer files

29 Jun 2009   #1
Snufffed

 
How do I transfer files

I am in a mess.
1. 1st my Vista is Ultimate.
2. 2nd my Win 7 is Ultimate.

How do I upgrade backwards and still save all my files and such.
or do i simply bite the bullet and buy Win 7 Ultimate.

There is NO WAY I can afford to FORMAT and loose all the files involved.
Thanks in advance.


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29 Jun 2009   #2
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

I don't know if i fully understand, but, ill say it anyway, make a new partition big enough to hold all you important files, format?

I dont think its possible to downgrade from windows 7.
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29 Jun 2009   #3
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

upgrade backwards? You mean go from Windows 7 back to Windows Vista?

Well, there are a few options but they will require a clean install (not necessarily format). When you install Windows Vista or Windows 7 onto a drive that already has Vista or 7 on it, it will rename the old directories to Windows.old. So, you shouldn't lose any data but backup is always a good idea just in case.
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29 Jun 2009   #4
Snufffed

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
upgrade backwards? You mean go from Windows 7 back to Windows Vista?

Well, there are a few options but they will require a clean install (not necessarily format). When you install Windows Vista or Windows 7 onto a drive that already has Vista or 7 on it, it will rename the old directories to Windows.old. So, you shouldn't lose any data but backup is always a good idea just in case.
I have full backup of my System both Vista SP2 and Win7 7260-RTM. That is not the problem. I can afford the $50. Home Premium and maybe the $99 Win7 Pro. but how do I save and move all my files loaded into Vista or Win7 to the new lesser version.
I started with Win95, upgraded to Win98, then XP, Vista Ultimate.
I can not afford the $199.00 Win7 Ultimate upgrade at this time..
short and sweet - I'm 66 , cancer, fixed income etc etc etc.
I need a solution to transfer all the files and such from Vista SP2 to Win7 Home Premium or Professional. or is there away. of do i bite the bullet and save until..
Thanks
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29 Jun 2009   #5
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

I would imagine you could move your files and settings over to the new version using Windows Easy Transfer.
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29 Jun 2009   #6
grouchpunk08

Windows 7 Ultimate retail // Windows 7 build 7264 x64, Vista Home Premium SP2 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snuffy View Post
I have full backup of my System both Vista SP2 and Win7 7260-RTM. That is not the problem. I can afford the $50. Home Premium and maybe the $99 Win7 Pro. but how do I save and move all my files loaded into Vista or Win7 to the new lesser version.
I started with Win95, upgraded to Win98, then XP, Vista Ultimate.
I can not afford the $199.00 Win7 Ultimate upgrade at this time..
short and sweet - I'm 66 , cancer, fixed income etc etc etc.
I need a solution to transfer all the files and such from Vista SP2 to Win7 Home Premium or Professional. or is there away. of do i bite the bullet and save until..
Thanks

I'm not exactly sure the level restrictions on upgrading 7RC, but someone called MS and said that you could upgrade the RC to the retail. I would *assume* there wouldn't be level restrictions on upgrades for 7rc to 7 retail, being that all the RC's are ultiamate. Not sure if this helps you in your case tho, but take what you will from it.
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29 Jun 2009   #7
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

even if you could upgrade from RC to RTM (which I doubt it will allow), you probably can't downgrade from Ultimate to Home Premium. That is the real issue I think Snuffy is facing here.
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29 Jun 2009   #8
grouchpunk08

Windows 7 Ultimate retail // Windows 7 build 7264 x64, Vista Home Premium SP2 x64
 
 

What types of files are you talking about? do mean simply saved documents and setup files? or do you want to transfer already installed programs? Cuz if you wanna transfer fully installed programs, as in have those programs already installed once you finish the upgrade, an in-place-upgrade would really be the only option...
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29 Jun 2009   #9
XGUNTHERC

Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64
 
 

back up all ur data, do a clean install when Windows 7 is finally released. After clean install add all ur data back. or is that what your NOT wanting to do. I have everything on an external drive, and I have just been formatting and doing clean installs and adding everything back each time I change builds, and I'll do a clean install again with the main release
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29 Jun 2009   #10
DJG

 

I think what we need from Snuffy is a detailed description of the files he wants to transfer. He probably wants to include application settings and related data, which is more complicated, and I believe that's what Windows Easy Transfer does. I'm actually doing a run to see how well it works.

What it's done is analyze my user account and the Windows environment, seeing what apps are installed, and will transfer app settings and any stuff associated with the selected accounts to a file which will then be imported into the target Windows environment.

I'm going to create a new Win7 install and do a transfer. I'll let you know how it fares.
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