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Windows 7 RC due to expire, left it late

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February 26, 2010 at 13:21:10
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Q6600 / 4GB
Hi all,

I gave up on Vista last October and installed the RC of Windows 7. It's been absolutely wonderful and worked like a dream ever since. I bought the Home Premium (Retail) version in November and hoped that Microsoft or a third party might release a fix so that I could simply upgrade rather than do a clean install, but obviously it's not happened and with the benefit of hindsight I was foolish and/or naive.

My HDD (a generous 1TB) is currently almost half full with valuable data but partitioned with the manufacturer's system recovery files in a 20GB area that I've never used. My question is this (and I apologise in advance should it seem stupid): If I format that partition then install my retail version of Windows 7 on it, can I still access the programs on the rest of the drive once the RC version of Windows expires? The simple solution of course would be to buy an external HDD and back up the data first, but I was made redundant last week and need to keep spending to a minimum.

Thanks in advance

Forgive me if I occasionally ask silly questions. I'm only human!

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February 26, 2010 at 13:50:26
There are literally hundreds of guides available on how to upgrade from the RC to the retail version. This is just one of them I found by searching Google:

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February 26, 2010 at 14:09:28
That is great and the best of numerous solutions I've seen so far, therefore many thanks. I was concerned by the many counter-arguments to proceeding against Microsofts advice - my googling skills obviously need brushing up!


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February 26, 2010 at 14:37:55

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February 26, 2010 at 18:38:18
This has been discussed on this site a few times.

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February 26, 2010 at 22:34:03
Even if you had to format, you could shrink the partition, create a second one for your data and transfer it. Then the install partition would not contain anything you couldn't loose.

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