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    Preparing for 10.22

    Windows 7 comes out soon and I want to be know what's the best way to transfer all my stuff, because when I install the Win07 OS it will wipe everything =X
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    Burn DVD's/CD's and/or external drive to backup files and/or USB drives.

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    Windows 7 from what i heard does not include an way to upgrade from XP, so you will have to do it manually.

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    What are you using currently?

    Vista > Win7 upgrade will keep your stuff.
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    Yes I have vista. So I'm safe? =o
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan B View Post
    Yes I have vista. So I'm safe? =o
    Well backup all of your data anyway, atleast the critical stuff. These "upgrades" dont always go right.
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    Get another drive or create a partition and dual boot.

    I'm Running Win2k (Drive C: ), WinXP (Drive X: ) & Win7 (Drive W: ) off the same drive but different partitions and my drive assignments are the same in each install.

    However, backups are also important.

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    In the previous version, people debated about the performance will be better to make a clean install, rather than upgrade (Me->XP, XP->Vista etc..)

    Any insights in upgraded/clean-install performance of W7?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BurakUeda View Post
    In the previous version, people debated about the performance will be better to make a clean install, rather than upgrade (Me->XP, XP->Vista etc..)

    Any insights in upgraded/clean-install performance of W7?
    I'm interested to know as well.
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    Backup, format, clean install, then re-add the data.

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    Be more specific on "backup" please. Would I need to create an image? If so, how? Is that the correct terminology?
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    A clean install is highly recommended, i for one will wait out a bit before moving into w7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BurakUeda View Post
    In the previous version, people debated about the performance will be better to make a clean install, rather than upgrade (Me->XP, XP->Vista etc..)

    Any insights in upgraded/clean-install performance of W7?
    I've always been a proponent of clean installs (and still am), but I did a few upgrades from Vista -> 7 for a few friends and it went along seamlessly and performance was just as good as clean installs on my PCs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan B View Post
    Be more specific on "backup" please. Would I need to create an image? If so, how? Is that the correct terminology?
    Acronis True Image is a great software for creating/restoring backups. You can also create a Acronis bootup disc which can be used to restore if Windows fails to boot.

    http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing...cts/trueimage/



    If you want a free software try this http://www.todo-backup.com/products/

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    What does backing up to an "image?" and then restoring the "image?" Why is it called an image?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan B View Post
    What does backing up to an "image?" and then restoring the "image?" Why is it called an image?
    Probably because 'image' means an exact copy/replica of the original.

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    When installing any OS, upgrade or not i ALWAYS do a format and clean install, its not worth the hassle,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harzem View Post
    What are you using currently?

    Vista > Win7 upgrade will keep your stuff.
    Still should back it up because you never know if that will really screw anything up in the process.

    I'm going to be upgrading a friends laptop this week from vista to 7 and Im going to just back up all his stuff to one of my external hard drives, then dump all his stuff back.

    A clean install is always better then a upgrade anyway.
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    where is the best place to get Windows 7?

    I have Vista, if I buy Windows 7 full version (not the upgrade version), can I upgrade from Vista or do I need to do clean install?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FHDave View Post
    where is the best place to get Windows 7?

    I have Vista, if I buy Windows 7 full version (not the upgrade version), can I upgrade from Vista or do I need to do clean install?

    You can probably get it here if you order today.

    http://store.microsoft.com/microsoft...7/category/102

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    An image of a partition is a full copy of its all content, including the location of the files in the physical harddrive, the empty space, everything. I don't know why it's called an image, but it's like a one to one picture of the harddrive.

    If you copy all files in a bootable partition and paste them to a new partition, the new partition won't be bootable because file copy doesn't actually copy some other necessary information on a harddisk. But a full image can be restored as a partition and it will have the exact same functions like the original partition, like being bootable. It will even copy the filesystem type and format in most cases, so you can restore an image to an unformatted harddrive and it will have the same format as the original one (in most cases).
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    wait, there is a difference from upgrade and full version of windows 7?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RajanUrs View Post
    Acronis True Image is a great software for creating/restoring backups. You can also create a Acronis bootup disc which can be used to restore if Windows fails to boot.

    http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing...cts/trueimage/

    If you want a free software try this http://www.todo-backup.com/products/
    I also use acronis...

    But there is something new on the block... from Microsoft... you can now save your old drive as a vhd... don't forget in win7 you can boot from vhd (set it up in dual boot). You can also view your hd in virtual pc.

    It worked well when I tested. Only issue was I could not boot directly into it, had to boot into one of my other virtual pcs, with the disk2vhd I created as a "slave."

    I did not read the directions, so that was my outcome. Read the directions and you more than likely will fair better. lol

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../ee656415.aspx

    I'll still buy acronis though... even with this... acronis has much better options for backup, and restore.

    Hard drive to vhd might work for people who don't want to pay for acronis or those who only need a vhd for backup. Free either way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan B View Post
    wait, there is a difference from upgrade and full version of windows 7?
    Only in prices. The upgrade is for people who have bought a new 7 PC, they get a copy half-price for another machine. Or if you've bought a PC that was running Vista. (If I understand it correctly, I'm not overly bothered about the discounts/upgrades.)

    Microsoft did the same for XP > Vista.

    (For backup, I use Mac Disk Util, use a iHack CD and use "Restore". Only issue is you have to install something like NTFS-3G because DiskUtil doesn't support NTFS partitions. It's really the easiest way I've ever backed up. On the other hand, I've used Acronis in the past, but DiskUtil is easier.)
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    I'm about to upgrade Vista home 32 to Windows 7 Home 32. I should have no data loss right? If something happens, can I restore back to vista?
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    You can't be certain you wont have data loss, it's variable to each individual upgrade. If you've made a back up then you can restore back to Vista, if you haven't, then no.

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    backup and clean install will be best, even if you have vista.

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