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Windows 7: How to move files from old computer HDD or backup drive to new compute

04 Feb 2015   #1

Win7 Professional
How to move files from old computer HDD or backup drive to new compute

We bought a newer Lenovo which has a faster engine and 2Tb of storage to replace an increasingly flaky unit.
However, although both machines run Win7 64 bit, I can't seem to get the files onto the new hard drive in workable fashion.
The backup files should be encrypted, but I can't seem to unlock them.
Surely this can't be this complicated. I've done this with older Windows systems.

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04 Feb 2015   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

What kind of files? Pictures of your cat? Windows itself?

How did you do this "backup"? Using what program? Or just the mouse? Did you intentionally encrypt these files?
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04 Feb 2015   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Decrypt the files then hook up the drive to the other pc, then just copy and paste what you want.
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04 Feb 2015   #4

Win7 Professional

@ignatzatsonic: Files include emails and client (Outlook), photos, Facebook, MS Office, Income tax records, etc. Win7 is on both drives, but I don't think I need to overwrite one with the other, do I?

This is my wife's former office computer, and I believe the B/U is automatic weekly, but I don't know the software.
By 'encrypt' I mean .pst, .obi, and .csv

@AddRAM: I tried to decrypt the files, but got nowhere - at all. The machine did not respond to what I gather is the wrong commands.
By 'hooking up' the drive, can I connect the two computers together, say with a USB, and copy-paste? Is it done as in XP?
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05 Feb 2015   #5

Windows 7 Pro 32bit

hi audrey,

The files you are saying .pst, .obi, .csv are all extensions used for MS Applications, .pst and .obi are extensions used in outlook and .csv is by spreadsheet excel.

The question is, did you install an MS Office in your new computer?
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05 Feb 2015   #6

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

It's not clear to me if you really use encryption, or maybe you have a permissions/security problem ...
It will help if you post screen print(s) of errors you see.
See this tutorial by Brink:
Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
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05 Feb 2015   #7

Win7 Professional

The drive in the old computer has MS Office on board. How do I get it to the new machine?
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05 Feb 2015   #8
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

MS Office you have to reinstall on the new PC. There is no way to transfer it..

And if your data was encrypted on the old PC, I would first decrypt it on the old PC before trying to transfer it.
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05 Feb 2015   #9

Windows 7 Pro 32bit

yeah, as what whs said, you have to reinstall MS Office on your new machine. If you dont have an installer you can buy one.
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05 Feb 2015   #10
Microsoft MVP


Follow these steps to Clean Reinstall Windows 7 which covers everything that needs backup, how to do a perfect install and then keep it that way.
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