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Windows 7: upgrade from vista - Users location question

09 Nov 2009   #1

upgrade from vista - Users location question

Hi all,

Will be doing a clean install of windows 7 64bit. Currently have vista 32bit.

Right now vista is installed on my c:, but I configured it so my user accounts and their corresponding documents are located on my d:.

Question: can I just leave my Users folder as is on the d: and once the install of Windows 7 is complete (install will be on c:), point the Windows 7 Users folder to d: again? Or will doing this overwrite the Users folder already on d:?

In short, I guess, what is the best way to get my old vista user accounts (and their corresponding files/docs) setup in Windows 7?


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09 Nov 2009   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Use Windows Easy Transfer .... See Orbital Sharks Turorial -=> Here
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09 Nov 2009   #3


Right, I know about Easy Transfer.

But with over 50gigs of 'stuff' associated with my user account, I was hoping I didn't need to transfer anything anywhere - seeing as how my user account files are on a partition different than the operating system.

I know that worst case I can rename my current Users folder to User1 (or something), do the Windows 7 install, point Windows 7 Users directory to my d: and then move files from my User1 to the Windows 7 User. Of course, for this to work I would have to create my user accounts manually. Not a big deal.

With Easy Transfer, if I (before I transfer files back after the install) point the Users location to the d:, I presume easy transfer will put the files on the d:?

I guess, probably the cleanest (thought most time consuming) thing to do would be to use Easy Transfer, Install Windows 7, restore files via Easy Transfer and then change the Users location to D:.

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