I'm about to upgrade from xp to 7. My challenge is to move my installed apps without completely reinstalling. Please bear with me on this one, but how does this sound.
I purchased my machine 4 years back with the Vista o/s. I (and cubase, the main app which I purchased the laptop for) hated vista so I downgraded to XP Pro, which was far more stable at the time. As a result, I have a full, paid for copy of vista which I can use. I have, over the past few years, collected a vast array of apps, not all of which I have the instal media for. Also, the process of re-installing ALL of my applications would be hugely lengthy, time consuming, mind-numbingly boring, etc, etc.
Would it be possible to upgrade to windows 7 via vista and keep all of my applications. To avoid instability, I thought I could then back up with Acronis, wipe the drive and do a clean install of windows 7, then reimport my apps/docs/settings etc from Acronis.
Am I missing something or is this going to stand a fair chance of working?
Thoughts would be appreciated guys.