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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. 

 

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/transferring-files-settings-faq#1TC=windows-vista

 

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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