Solved upgrading from windows xp to windows 7

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January 19, 2013 at 08:11:04
Specs: Windows 7 64b, P4- 2.8 ghz 22 gb
I have been reviewing google for a few hours trying to find a simple way of upgrading my computer systems.

Like many people, I have an older computer running Windows xp 32 and Outlook and all of my apps.

I purchased a brand new computer and installed windows 7 professional 64 bit on it.

Now I need the easiest way to cop all of my apps and settings and email and my printers from my old computer to my new computer.

Lots of posts on google say that everything has to be manually reinstalled... but I would like to think that if we can fly a guy to the moon, surely to goodness we have a way of moving software, data and settings from one microsoft os to another one.
(or maybe I am just naive to think we are sending a guy to the moon)

I wouldn't expect everything to work completely perfect because of the different os's, but I would like to think that there is a way to transfer the data, software and settings from one os to another and spend a small amount of time afterwards just tweaking the things that are not working.

I used the built in app on windows xp "ntbackup.exe" and I created a backup file from the windows xp computer

I then booted the windows 7 computer off the recovery cd and it will not find the backup file that windows xp created.

Please tell me that there is an easy way or a free software that will copy my data, my settings, my email my software and my printers from my windows xp computer to my windows 7 computer

Thank you


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January 19, 2013 at 17:32:31
So Fingers... the way I am reading your response is that I am naive to think we are putting a man on the moon???
Apparently so advanced in one technology but so Cave-man in another.
I've been around IT long enough to be able to evaluate how my time is best spent... chasing the pot of gold under the rainbow or being smart enough to know when my leg is getting pulled.
I did it the old fashioned way... copy data from the old computer to the new computer... spent 15 hours installing apps and configuring email and setting up printers and doing windows updates... and blah blah blah.

Thanks everyone for your help.



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January 19, 2013 at 08:31:51
There's multiple programs/sites out there claiming an easy transfer of programs and settings from XP to Win7:

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=transfer+XP+pr...

But as you suspect, there's going to be some that will be problematic. It's not just data and settings that have to be moved, but registry entries as well.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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January 19, 2013 at 09:35:05
See the link below for help with that issue.

Not everything can be moved.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...


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January 19, 2013 at 17:19:56
Moving files are easy. Exporting and importing saved emails and favorites should not be much of a problem assuming you are going to use the same or newer version of the same programs. If you want Windows 7 to run like a new machine without problems, you should not even consider trying anything that claims to be able to move a program. To have a good clean registry, you need to properly install each program you plan to use. Whenever possible, use the newest version of the programs you are comfortable with except utilities. For utilities, use the built in Windows 7 versions.
I am sure you will continue to try any short cut that promises you the world and rarely will save you time, and probably create more problems than it solves. I just thought I would warn you against it so I have a clear conscience.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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January 19, 2013 at 17:32:31
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So Fingers... the way I am reading your response is that I am naive to think we are putting a man on the moon???
Apparently so advanced in one technology but so Cave-man in another.
I've been around IT long enough to be able to evaluate how my time is best spent... chasing the pot of gold under the rainbow or being smart enough to know when my leg is getting pulled.
I did it the old fashioned way... copy data from the old computer to the new computer... spent 15 hours installing apps and configuring email and setting up printers and doing windows updates... and blah blah blah.

Thanks everyone for your help.


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January 20, 2013 at 06:56:56
Did you even look at the Microsoft link I provided?

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