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Win XP Pro to Win 7 Upgrade


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#1 SunKing

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Posted 05 November 2009 - 06:46 PM

OK I am rebuilding my desktop with updated hardware (mobo, cpu, ram, hdd). I currently run Win XP Pro, and am scared to death about loosing my files, settings, email etc..

How in the heck do I preserve all my files, emails ect. I assume a back up program, but which? For example I do not use IE, I use Fire Fox and want all those book marks and add-ons.

Anyone done this care to step me through it, or at least highlights or bullet points?

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Posted 06 November 2009 - 02:42 AM

Hey there,

Depending on what files and/or settings you want to keep, it would depend on how to go foward and backing up your files. Some programs have a back-up feuture built-in so you don't have to do the dirty work in finding the folder deep within your system

For example, for Firefox, you would go Bookmarks, Orginize Bookmarks, then use the Impore or Export bookmarks feature and simply back your Bookmarks.

You might also want to consider if you are replacing the HD that you can always use the second drive as a slave and format it AFTER you have removed what you need. When installing Windows 7, this will only format your MAIN HD (Well, as long as you tell it to). If your really that worried, you can always pull out slave drive intill after the Windows 7 is installed.

Hope this helps,
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Posted 06 November 2009 - 06:31 AM

A starting point could be the User state migration toolkit (USMT), but this can be a bit laborious.

Take a backup of your whole user profile simply by copying to some other device (external USB key, hard drive, or burn to CD/DVD media)

Specifically for Firefox, all the settings, saved password, favourites etc are stored in the firefox profile folder inside your user profile.
Copy this back in to your new user profile after your re-install before installing Firefox and it will just pick these up. (actually you can copy it in after installing FF, but before is easier. Personally I find this easier than using export/import)

As for emails, what email program are you using?
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Posted 06 November 2009 - 08:32 AM

As for emails, what email program are you using?

I use Outlook.

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Posted 06 November 2009 - 04:02 PM

To back up outlook : http://email.about.com/od/outlooktips/qt/B...utlook_Data.htm




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