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Windows XP Pro to Windows 7


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#1 mixpix

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 10:29 PM

Hello all, hope I am heading in the right grouping for this question.

iCloud is not supported by XP Home or Pro, so I am thinking of upgrading to 7. I know there are other "cloud" programs out there, but having an iPhone & iPad, but also having a 2007 1520 Inspiron, with XP, I am trying to keep it all streamlined & not getting into different programs if I can help it. That is why I am here; maybe there is better advice to what I am trying to accomplish?

Where I am heading, is to purchase Win 7 & jump through the hoops of "clean screen & reboot", moving programs onto an external drive & running those utilities to do so & that analyze the system to determine what programs or applications need the upgrade.

Maybe there is a vender site that someone knows about to get good pricing on a Win 7 disk?

Thanks in advance for your advice & hoping all here have a good year ahead.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 05:20 AM

Probably the first thing you should do is check your PC's Windows 7 compatibility. You can do that at this thread.




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Posted 02 January 2013 - 09:16 AM

The first thing you need to understand is that there is no upgrade to Windows 7 from Windows XP that will let you keep your installed programs and be able to run them. They will all have to be installed again. You can not copy the programs and be able to run them.

You can use a upgrade version of Windows 7 Pro but it will do a clean install. Then you need to decide 32Bit or 64Bit. The recommended memory requirements are different. As is the amount of usable memory, 32 Bit will use approx 3Gb and 64bit allows the use of much more.

About the only online sites I would purchase software from are Amazon, Newegg or Tiger Direct, B&H Photo or direct form the software company. There are others, I just haven't used them.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:42 AM

Thanks rotor, I use the wrong wording in upgrade. It will be a clean reboot & install. I've read that it is even recommended the same process should be used coming out of Vista.

I purchased through Tigerdirect, because of the reviews from Amazon that there might be a case of counterfeit software being sold? That was the concern from me with regards to purchasing from a 2nd party vender, through Amazon. I do a lot of purchases through Amazon & have never had any issues that haven't been resolved.

I did check the capability & it indicates that everything should work. I am going to use the utility that Microsoft has on their website to move my data & program files off, before proceeding with the removal & installation of Win 7.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 01:38 PM

Good Luck
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Posted 05 April 2013 - 04:57 PM

As it turns out, I didn't reformat the disk. I followed the tutorial & when it came to the prompt 'custom' or 'upgrade', I went with Custom as directed. It had me run  a file tranfer to an external HD (.BKF); then when I put on the Win 7 OS, I moved the files back.

 

It didn't dawn on me, anything glitchy, except that out of the 239 gigs of storage, I only had 66 gigs available after the switch. Before, I had only used up 80 GB on the laptop when it was an XP.

 

Of a lack of better terminology, I have been discribed that the DNA of XP, and its files are still on the machine?

 

If that is the case, is there a harm of leaving the abandoned XP, but deleting the files that are taxing the storage?


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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:51 PM

I suspect that if You run a duplicate file finder program and delete the duplicates your storage will have a lot more free space.

I'm afraid I do not have any suggestions for what to use for finding dupes.

 

I suspect that what has happened to your space is that the install option you chose moved your old windows files into a directory called windows.old

So that when you restored your backup you actually ended up with the same files two time using a lot of space.

 

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 10:26 AM

Since any backup would probably be a large file...you can use a tool like the following to try to track it down and review any usage of file space.

 

WinDirStat - http://download.cnet.com/WinDirStat/3000-2248_4-10614593.html

 

Since you indicate that the backup would be a .bkf file, you could also use a tool like Everything Search Engine - http://www.voidtools.com/ to find all .bkf files by inserting  *.bkf in the search bar at the top of the program window.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 03:28 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. When I get the chance, I'll research them. Maybe I missed something in the tutorial that said to use "Disk Clean-up"? I want to make sure that of all the .bkf are on the machine, with their respected drivers up dated, before I kill them off, right?


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Posted 06 April 2013 - 04:42 PM

http://www.fileinfo.com/extension/bkf

 

As you can see....the .bkf files are backups made by Windows.

 

I would never advise anyone to delete backups...unless they have newer backups or do not want any of the files contained in the backup.

 

There are no drivers involved with these files themselves...just in the software which creates them.

 

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 08:04 PM

Louis,

 

Is it OK to use "Disk Cleanup"----> "Cleanup System Files"----> "Previous Windows Installations" ???

 

I down loaded WinDirStat & notice some of the text is blue; notabley, "Old Computer". Though I have it on the external hard drive, it is probbaly not a good idea to kill it off, if I'm not sure I retrieved everything that I need for 7?


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Posted 07 April 2013 - 07:40 AM

The blue color indicates that it is a compressed folder.

 

Most, if not all backup files created by any program...are compresseed (to save space), so this would be perfectly normal.

 

Disk cleanup will not remove backups of any origin.

 

Again...it's your decision...re what to do with backup files.  If you delete it, all data within will be gone.

 

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 10:34 PM

Louis, I deleted it using WinDirStat. I saw on the 'Disk Clean up' where there was 'Previous Windows installations'. I snuffed it out & saw that the *.bkf files were gone in WinDirStat.

 

Am a correct to assume that the *.bkf files on the external hard drive can be called upon again, if I forgot something? I am pretty sure I got everything. The photos, Word & PDF stuff was mostly what I had. I am not a gamer, so I don't think I am missing anything there?

 

The one thing I notice, is that with iCloud, it has contacts, but no photos. when clicking on the iCloud icon on the system tray, the machine switches to a wierd mode that alters the resolution setting on the screen. Almost like a negative or cartoon. But when I click the iCloud off, all is normal. I haven't investigated it; probably a screen setting?

 

Maybe you know off hand Louis?

 

Thanks again.

 

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