XP to Win7

May 14, 2011 at 21:23:40
Specs: WinXP to Win7
My daughter has XP issued by her work place. They are now changing to Win7. She has an Acronis backup of XP. She wants to know if she can use that to put her programs on Win7 so she wouldn't have to install them all again. I told her I don't think she can do that. She does not know very much about computers. I know a little, and have been able to help her with other stuff, but I don't know anything about that. Can someone give us an answer. It would be greatly appreciated as we don't know a computer guru.....

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May 14, 2011 at 21:49:56
Unless her workplace is doing an upgrade to XP (which is somewhat tricky---see link below), she'll have to reinstall her programs again. A backup likely won't restore what's needed in the registry (and would probably damage it if it did):


Even that article says:

"This requires the user to back up their data, install Windows 7, re-install the programs and restore their data.”

So in reality, an upgrade wouldn't benefit her much.

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May 14, 2011 at 22:47:22
Thank You T-R-A.

Her work place is issuing new laptops running Win7. If we do a backup of all her personal data, will we be able to put that on her new computer without any problems?

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May 15, 2011 at 00:05:58
Data is just data, so if you make a backup of it, you can just copy it into the similar locations on the new machine. Note that if you want to transfer emails & settings then you need to know where they are hidden on the system. If you want an automated method of doing it then Microsoft produce an Easy Transfer Wizard that you can download and install on your XP machine - when run it gathers all of your personal data into one (large) file which you can then transfer to your new machine (using a memory stick is the easiest way) and reverse the process.

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