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Windows 7: Newbe Install Steps Review

10 Nov 2009   #11
Dave76

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ckmerc View Post
Please let me know if I have missed something regarding the clean install of my W7 upgrade version by way of the steps below (Vista Home Premuim to W7 HP)

1. Back up all my data to my external HD & Disk. (Done)

2. Review and document all programs currently on the PC for re-install
(Done)

3. Run Windows 7 upgrade advisor (though I have a relatively fast system)
(pending)

4. Deauthorize my Itunes stuff on this computer.


5. Run Windows Easy Transfer (use the version on my W7 DVD )
  • transfering all data files and setup stuff to my External HD as well
6. Disconnect all USB Cables from my computer add ons (printer, card
reader)

? do I need to disconnect my SATA cable from my External HD as well?

7. Install W7 disk in the DVD drive and shut down computer...follow the various Clean install/upgrade tutorial from this site to install W7.

8. Reinstall my settings and data from my external HD using W7 Windows
Easy Transfer

9. Reinstall my programs...
You will need to re-install your programs before you run Win7, Windows Easy Transfer.
It will transfer you user settings for these programs if they are installed.

Back up your browser bookmarks, I think WET only does it for IE (so I've been told, I don't use it), and not for any others.

Be sure to disconnect your external HD.


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10 Nov 2009   #12
Nosmo

Win 7 32 bit , Win xp Sp3
 
 

ckmerc,
Don't think you have missed anything.

The only area that is slightly gray is whether or not to have any second ( data, internal or external) hard drives attached when setup is running.

I have seen logical reasons for both points of view. Sometimes Win 7 will attempt and succeed in putting boot files on the second hard drive. Certainly don't want that. This will definitely happen if you adjust 'setup' to avoid having the 100mg hidden partition.

On the other hand, we have some situations where the data drive is mounted after the installation,and there are problems with access ( permissions, read only etc).

Worth thinking about.
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10 Nov 2009   #13
ckmerc

W7 Home Premium
 
 

What I planned on doing is disconnecting my external Hard drive (sata cable)when I install W7. Then I would reconnect it after W7 is installed.

Are you saying that W7 may not recognize my external HD that was formatted and used when running Vista?
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10 Nov 2009   #14
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

No, he is not saying Windows 7 won't recognize your external drive after it is plugged back in. If it is strictly a data drive, I see no reason to leave it connected.

Dave makes a good point. If you are NOT using Internet Explorer, you probably ought to back up your bookmarks independently of Windows Easy Transfer.

I don't use Windows Easy Transfer at all. I always do clean installs.

I back up 3 things manually: bookmarks, email and address book, and ALL personal data.I know where all of that stuff lives. When the install is done, I import my bookmarks, email, and address book and I drag and drop my personal data back to the appropriate location. Personally, I would be antsy about relying on Windows Easy Transfer, but that's just me.
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10 Nov 2009   #15
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ckmerc View Post
so you are talking about creating a boot disk right?
No the image recovery option is on the installer's Repair console, which is also available at F8 during bootup if you have the 100mb Win7 boot/repair partition installed. It will also offer to make you a bootable repair CD with these options on it when you make your first backup image.

I not only store my backup image externally but make a primary partition where I keep a copy for easy detection by the reimaging utility on the installer/repair disk. But it needs external backup in case of HDD failure since it will also reimage to a new HDD.

Creating and periodically updating a backup image replaces reinstalls now that Win7 has brought backup imaging to the masses.
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10 Nov 2009   #16
ckmerc

W7 Home Premium
 
 

Why would you not want to use Windows Easy Transfer after a clean install to re-install the data and settings I currently have on my PC ?(internet and sharing settings as i have two other computers that I share files with this main computer.)

Does Windows Easy Transfer cause problems?
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10 Nov 2009   #17
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ckmerc View Post
Why would you not want to use Windows Easy Transfer after a clean install to re-install the data and settings I currently have on my PC ?(internet and sharing settings as i have two other computers that I share files with this main computer.)

Does Windows Easy Transfer cause problems?
IMHO I don't want any settings imported because this can defeat the purpose of the superior clean install.

I keep my external plugged in and have Win7 backup my selected files and HDD image when machine is idle. I can recover from any problem by reimaging the HDD (or a replacement) in 15 minutes, and the files are there if I ever need to do a reinstall which I never will.
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10 Nov 2009   #18
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Ckmerc:

I fiddled with Windows Easy Transfer a few months ago when I was experimenting with the Windows 7 release candidate.

Yeah, I had problems with it.

I don't need it and don't need to rely on it. I don't want to possibly inject unneeded issues into my installation process. I don't want to rely on it. I don't care about "settings". I reinstall all applications from the ground up anyway. I have all of my passwords and logins stashed in Word documents. Cookies take care of themselves. I know where all of my data is and can just copy it as needed through drag and drop.

I also use an external program to backup my data as needed with a single click. One click backs up data, another click backs up bookmarks, and another click backs up email and addresses. All of these backups land on a second hard drive. That's all I care about.

More power to anyone relying on Windows Easy Transfer and to each his own.
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