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Keeping Original Programs when Upgrading OS


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#1 shawnvw

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 05:37 PM

My HP Pavilion laptop has a "HP_RECOVERY" drive (D:). As I understand it, if my C: drive were to crash I could reinstall everything from the D: drive.

The laptop is running Vista. I'd like to reformat the drive and do a clean install of Windows 7. Of course I'll have to reinstall everything, and I have disks for most of my applications, but what about the apps that came installed on my computer? Can I install them from the Recovery disk if it is expecting my C: drive to have Vista installed? Or is the Recovery disk only able to do a "clean" install of Vista?

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 07:18 PM

The recovery partition and disks will take your computer back to the day it left the factory, programs and all
You cannot install the applications from the disk to your computer
Most of them are garbage and resource hogs anyway
Take a look at our Free Replacement Applications forum
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html
Be sure to check and see if your computer can run Windows 7
http://windows.microsoft.com/systemrequirements

I'm also moving your post to the Vista forums
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#3 shawnvw

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 09:40 PM

You cannot install the applications from the disk to your computer
Most of them are garbage and resource hogs anyway


I know a lot of people feel that way about Office 2007, but I still don't want to have to replace it!




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