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Using Easy Transfer

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#1 Nikilet


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Posted 29 January 2016 - 08:38 PM

I am contemplating doing a clean install of Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit on my Vista Home Pemium 32-bit, or possibly having it done. I would wipe and do a clean install, but I hate losing all my installed programs.


Someone suggested Easy Transfer as a way to transfer all my programs after I have installed Windows 7 so as not to have to download and install them all over again.


I Googled Easy TransferI was directed to the location of Windows Easy Transfer on my Vista, which I didn't even know what there.


They talk about transferring from one computer to another. I am dealing with just one computer here, although I do have an external hard drive with 170 GB of free space.


I would wipe my hard drive on this Vista machine and then install Windows 7. So when I wipe the HD the programs will be gone. Can I transfer them to this external HD, and then after installing Windows 7 transfer them back to the computer? Does 170 GB sound like enough room to do that?

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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 29 January 2016 - 09:18 PM

Easy Transfer does not transfer programs. Only settings for the programs. The programs need to be installed on the new computer first. 




Some programs may not be compatible between OS's. You would need to confirm that.


The only program that I know of (paid) that will transfer both programs and their settings Laplink's PC Mover. I don't have any experience with it though. I only know of it from a poster here that has used it with success for them. Your experience may be different.

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