Saving all settings so I can reinstall OS?

March 27, 2010 at 05:44:59
Specs: Windows XP
Hello. Long story short, I installed an upgrade version of Windows 7 on my PC, expecting to get an upgrade key from a friend, but he's let me down and I've had to buy the full version of the OS. I'm new to Windows 7 so I'm unsure if I'll need to reinstall the OS again or what. If I do, what's the best way to go about saving my settings? I'm not bothered about saving applications, just system configuration and what's in my documents and settings folder would be good enough.

I've been reading up about creating a system image but that seems to make an entire copy of the system to be able to restore the whole thing. If I did have to reinstall would I still be able to load my settings from that system image? Or is there another way to backup specific things?

Thanks for any help.

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March 27, 2010 at 12:15:28
No need to reload the OS, you need to activate your installation with the key you purchased.

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March 27, 2010 at 13:16:22
if you have bought a different version of win 7, to what you already have installed, run the file setting and transfer wizard.
then do your re-install, and i would suggest a full clean installation.

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