Transfer User Files and Settings from Windows XP/Vista to Windows 7
October 8, 2011 Leave a comment
You made sure your computer hardware and software is ready for Windows 7 Now you want to install Windows 7.
Basically, there are 2 approaches to installing Windows 7:
Upgrade (In-place upgrade) – This option replaces your current version of Windows with Windows 7, and keeps your files, settings, and programs in place on your computer.
Custom (“fresh” installation) – This option replaces your current version of Windows with Windows 7, but doesn’t preserve your files, settings, and programs. It’s sometimes referred to as a clean installation for that reason.
As always, a new installation is much better and I recommend taking that track. Even if you have an existing Windows XP / Vista OS on your computer, I would recommend that you format and install a fresh copy of the OS.
Note: Anyway, you can not use an existing 32-bit version of an earlier OS to an in-place upgrade to a 64-bit version of Windows 7 to run, and you’ll have to format and Installing a new copy. Nor can you