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#1 ocean77

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Posted 13 January 2015 - 11:28 AM

Not quite sure if this is the correct section to post, but I hope it's close.

 

I'm looking to upgrade (free online) my wife's computer from Vista to Win7 and I was wondering if she will lose her personal files like Pictures and Docs after it goes through. I know it is always good to backup and I probably will, but she has so much if I can avoid doing this I'd rather.

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Posted 13 January 2015 - 11:37 AM

You can fairly easily upgrade to Windows 7 as long as the machine can support Windows 7 and the version of Vista is compatible. The problem is you're asking for a way to do it for free. You'll need to buy a licensed copy of the Windows 7 Upgrade software or the disc.

How to Upgrade from Vista to Windows 7: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/help/upgrading-from-windows-vista-to-windows-7#T1=tab01

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Posted 13 January 2015 - 11:57 AM

My previous computer was win7, but do not remember if it came with a disc. It is sitting in a box in my garage which I will have ti dig out...do you know if it should have come with a disk? TY

I am using Win8.1 myself.


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Posted 13 January 2015 - 02:18 PM

You can't use a disc from another machine if you had one. It's an OEM copy and can only be used on that or an identical machine as it's tied to the hardware. And the OS would need to be uninstalled from the other machine. As an OEM copy can only be installed on one machine. Additionally that would be considered a new install not upgrade of the existing Vista OS. You would lose all the files and any software that was later installed on the machine. You would need to save the files prior to the Windows 7 install then make sure you have all the software and applications install files then reinstall after you install the Windows 7 OS.

I have no idea if your Windows 7 machine came with a disk. More than likely not and came with a recovery partition and you would have made a recovery disk from it.

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