Acer Windows 7 upgrade mess Please help

January 5, 2010 at 07:54:51
Specs: Windows XP
recently i have updated my computer to Windows 7and installed it in another drive 'cause when i tried to install it in the same drive as xp, the installer did not allow it.

I have like 3 partitions, e, c, and f, and right now i'm running on windows xp. My question is: is there a way to transfer my files/registry keys to my windows 7?(i don't know how do you call them but i guess it's like it). It's not that i'm so lazy to do it but i have a hell lot of programs installed in windows xp. This is why i don't want to re-install them all again and after that i may have to change all the settings, preferences etc and lose my browser and messenger history. I heard there's this windows easy transfer feature of windows 7 and the laplink pcmover program but idk if they can do it if i'm doing it in the same pc and how...

Also here's another question.. i have my xp on drive c, windows 7 in drive f and e is my music storage. when i run in xp, that's the way i see them but in Windows 7, it's different. Drive. f becomes c, c becomes e and e becomes f. This thing makes it a lot more difficult for a noob like me so i decided to post here and seek help, instead of destroying my own pc and losing everything.

Please help
Thanks

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#1
January 5, 2010 at 20:57:12
I think you would do best with a clean install. You would need to reinstall all of your programs though and you should back up all of your files (even though they are on a separate partition) to be safe. You can export your favorites on IE though I'm not as sure about the history but you can find the folder on 'c' drive and make a copy of it and later just drop it back in the new installation. as far as IM, I am not as familiar but if you can find the folder, you may be able to do the same. Outlook if you use it can export/import but that would mean you may have to buy the new version of it for 7.
It may be more work now, but you will have less trouble with it in the long run. (( Windows 7 only supports direct upgrade from vista, it was only intended to clean install over XP and might not be compatible with older XP hardware))

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#2
January 6, 2010 at 10:26:52
Before you go to far, check to make sure you can download
all your drivers for Win7 or at least your Lan driver.
But I agree with Fingers, go with a fresh install. Lots of work
but it was your idea to go to Win7 in the first place.

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#3
January 6, 2010 at 11:28:32
yeah this windows 7 is 64-bit which is different from xp so i think
i have to agree with you guys. i guess i should do it slowly but
surely, it's better than losing everything xD thanks for helping me
decide on this :)

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