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25-May-2012, 11:15 PM #1
Is it possible to upgrade to Windows 7 -without- reformatting or losing my data?
Currently I'm interested in upgrading to Windows 7 from Vista, unfortunately I've accumulated a collection of programs and media that I would not be interested in losing.

Is it possible to upgrade to Windows 7 and still keep all of my old files?
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25-May-2012, 11:28 PM #2
You should be able to. But there are no guarantees, so you should make a backup of your system, just in case. You could potentially lose everything if something goes wrong.

You can run the Readiness Tool to see what problems may result from an upgrade.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downl....aspx?id=20858 (64-bit)
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downl...s.aspx?id=3132 (32-bit)
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25-May-2012, 11:45 PM #3
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You should be able to. But there are no guarantees, so you should make a backup of your system, just in case. You could potentially lose everything if something goes wrong.

You can run the Readiness Tool to see what problems may result from an upgrade.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downl....aspx?id=20858 (64-bit)
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downl...s.aspx?id=3132 (32-bit)
Thanks for your reply, I'll check out those links and hope for the best.
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26-May-2012, 06:57 AM #4
If you have personal data that you don't want to lose, you need to back it up to CD-R's/DVD-R's or to an external USB hard drive or to both.

If your computer crashes or the hard drive dies, you'll lose it all.

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