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Backup Windows Vista to 7


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#1 mikey11

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 09:58 AM

i a upgrading a computer from vista to 7,

 

if i do a windows backup on vista will it work (install) on windows 7?

 

or should i just "drag and drop" what i want to save to an external drive?

 

im assuming a backup would only include user files, pics, etc and not program files?

 

i have about 400 gigs of pics and videos, but they are all located in one folder on the desktop, and then sub folders in there, cant chance losing all this,

 

im so paranoid i might do two backups to different drives, before wiping the HD


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Posted 04 June 2017 - 10:12 AM

Depends on where you save the backup to, and how you install Windows 7. If you are doing a clean install of 7 and the Vista backup is saved to that hard drive, you'll lose it. If you are doing an upgrade, it should save the backup. Make sure to select the Custom option during the upgrade.

 

In any event, it's always prudent to do a second back up and save that to an external drive, just in case.



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Posted 04 June 2017 - 10:17 AM

Depends on where you save the backup to, and how you install Windows 7. If you are doing a clean install of 7 and the Vista backup is saved to that hard drive, you'll lose it. If you are doing an upgrade, it should save the backup. Make sure to select the Custom option during the upgrade.

 

In any event, it's always prudent to do a second back up and save that to an external drive, just in case.

 

 

i am saving the backup to an external hard drive (which i already do on a weekly basis)

 

then formatting the drive in the computer....then installing windows 7

 

then installing the backup from the external hard drive


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Posted 04 June 2017 - 10:21 AM

I see no reason why that shouldn't work.



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Posted 04 June 2017 - 11:58 AM

I would say you are pretty safe as is, however I guess if you want to go the extra mile you could pay for a month dropbox and upload all of your files (up to 1TB) before formatting.



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Posted 04 June 2017 - 12:31 PM

A backup of Vista...will result in the ability to reinstall Vista, normally.

 

It will not restore Vista programs, settings, drivers...as part of any Windows 7 install. 

 

Reading Material.

 

Your intent is unclear to me.  If you wanted to dual-boot Vista and Win 7...it would be far simpler to just install Win 7 on the system now running Vista.

 

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 01:15 PM

.it would be far simpler to just install Win 7 on the system now running Vista.

 

Louis

 

 

that is my intent.....im ditching vista

 

my intent is to install windows 7 on the vista computer then install my user files, pics, etc after windows 7 is loaded

 

- backup files from vista to external hard drive

- format hard drive in vista computer

- install fresh copy of windows 7

- install backed up files from external hard drive to (what would be now) windows 7 computer

 

use computer with windows 7 OS and goodbye vista


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Posted 04 June 2017 - 01:38 PM

Data files (pics, movies, games, etc.) can just be moved from one O/S to another when a dual-boot is established.  Or placed on an external drive or any other drive other than the boot drive...when placed on  said drive, any O/S can access the files.

 

Data files do NOT have to placed on any of the respective system folders (My Docs, etc.) in any version of Windows.  They can be moved anyplace, any time.

 

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