Trying to install windows 7

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  1. DarkLG
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    DarkLG Wow One Shiny Ribbon!!!!

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    Okay I currently have xp and i tried installing windows 7 using the upgrade but it says my version can't upgrade so I have to run custom but I don't want to delete all my stuff(music,pics,etc) so my question is is there a way to keep all my stuff without the need of a HDD or discs?
     


  2. Jiggah

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    It's not possible. You can't upgrade from XP to 7, only Vista to 7. You need to use the backup/restore function to backup your data then fresh install Win 7 and use the tool to bring everything back.

    It's much easier just to manually back up your docs.
     
  3. DarkLG
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    If I upgrade from xp to vista would I be able to keep my files?
     
  4. Wabsta

    Wabsta you fight like a dairy farmer

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    And then update to windows7?
    Dude, just manually backup your files =/
     
  5. DarkLG
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    Hha I can't I don't have enough discs and i also don't have a extra had drive lol if I did I would backup all my stuff but sadly I can't.Would upgrading to vista and then to 7 be possible?
     
  6. Wabsta

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    I wouldn't update anything if you can't backup your files tbh..
    But yes, it should be possible.
     
  7. IchigoK2031

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    agreed, always back up ur essential files. As stated you can only do a full install of windows 7 on an xp computer. However to answer your question earlier, yes if you updated to vista, you could upgrade to 7.
     
  8. DarkLG
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    Um okay thanks guys I would backup everything but I don't have my Hd with me at the moment.
     
  9. PettingZoo

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    Ask a friend to borrow a space external hard drive or save up to buy one? It's well worth owning an external hard drive bro for backups and extra storage.
     
  10. DarkLG
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    Ya i know I'm going to try upgrading to Vista and then to 7 from there.Hope it works lol.
     
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    Even when you make a clean install (not upgrade), your previous files will be stored in a windows.old folder. That includes Program Files, User Files (My Documents, settings, etc) and your previous Windows system so you can always restore to where you were before. At least that's how things work on my computer.
     
  12. DarkLG
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    hm what type of computer do you have? Ive been told that happens but idk I've been reading around and it says it will delete everything if I do custom install.
     
  13. TheLifeRuiner

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    nah just be a badass and let everything get deleted

    in fact just wipe your hard drive

    lol


    actually I'm not sure but i *think* you could repartition your drive so that you have the partition with xp that you're going to wipe, and a partition for backing up all your files
    then you could download the Live CD version of GParted and then wipe the XP partition and reformat it for ntfs(/fat32?) and then clean install 7 on that partition. later on you could move the files from the other partition onto like another drive and then back
    i dunno i guess you could do that if you were impatient

    the safest way would be to:
    backup
    wipe xp
    clean install 7

    at least that's what i would do.
    again, i *think* an upgrade cd is just a regular full copy of an os because i know i have a vista upgrade cd that i used after i wiped my hd and it worked perfectly (i don't think it matters at all that the previous os was xp since i COMPLETELY wiped my drive...nothing left lol)

    i dunno i hope this helps somehow




    EDIT: I don't think you can do anything with the windows.old folder since you're in the new OS, but i don't know if it keeps your files that you had, but it seems like it should. but it's always best to BE SAFE lol
     
  14. DarkLG
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    lol it somewhat did I don't want to mess with partioning because I screwed up my pc once like that(dual boot xp and vista) and it took me a while to fix it lol.
     
  15. TheLifeRuiner

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    yeah partioning is a wicked mistress if you do something wrong
     
  16. DarkLG
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    Ya I learned my lesson the first time lol but I'm just going to try the upgrade to vista then upgrade to 7 and see how that turns out lol.
     
  17. TheLifeRuiner

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    lol oh man
    that is probably going to eat up
    a good chunk of your day

    so you have a copy of a 7 RC?
    if so could you pass me a copy?? llolol
    i had the iso
    and then i did some dumb stuff
    and it's gone now [​IMG]


    edit: err i guess a link
     
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    Im not sure if its allowed or not.
    But forget about the RC and get th RTM!!!
     
  19. kobykaan

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    WHUT? how the hell does that work if you CLEAN INSTALL and wipe the drive duh!

    [​IMG]
     
  20. TheLifeRuiner

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    oh
    well then that
    i know iso's aren't allowed to be linked on the boards and whatnot
    key phrase being
    on the boards
    haha