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Transfer cloned drive?


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Ok, bitten the bullet - bought new W7 machine (previously used XP). I am struggling with so many new ways of doing things(life was so much easier with a Vic 20!!) - expect a lot of questions. Main prob: getting stuff off old machine tand on to new, I cloned my old hard drive onto external hard drive.

Can I just copy this onto 7, and will this also enter relevant registry entries, please?

Or maybe I should just dual boot?

PS anyone yet brought out Idiot's Guide to Win 7?

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You can copy your "documents" from the cloned copy of your XP drive, i.e. Word processor files, Spreadsheet files, Music, Pictures, Videos etc. What you cannot copy are 'programs'; these must be reinstalled from the original installation media - CD, DVD, downloaded installation file.

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There is a "files and settings transfer wizard" in XP which will help you to round up your data from the old PC and transfer it to the new PC using a home network or an external USB drive ETC ,remember to export your email address book and messages and your favourites links into a folder and include them also

cheers HC

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john bunyan

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Like you just switched from XP to W7 (I did run a dual boot XP /W7 for a couple of weeks.) What I would do is to partition new drive to, say 50 or so gig for system files (W7, programmes etc) and the balance of your drive as a data drive. In my case they are C: and F:. Then I just copied my old XP "My Documents" folder into the new F: drive. You can "tell" W7 Libraries where your stuff is - it wont import them , its just an index.Plus the stuff TOSH mentions. In my case swtiched e mail from Outlook Express to Outlook 2007 as OE not supported by W7.There is, in Smiths a mag " Handbook of Windows 7" - not sure if it is detailed enough though.

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