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Converting to Windows 7

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by mathnme, Jul 29, 2012.

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  1. mathnme

    mathnme Thread Starter

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    I am not very computer savy. I have a Windows Vista operating system and want to change it to Windows 7. The directions say I must have 20 GB Free space on "C" to do this. I have a data "D" drive which has lots of free space. Can I just put everything that is on "C" to the D drive? Im afraid that something might not work if I do this. The things that are remaining on the C drive are things like Program Files which don't even tell me how much space they are taking up. I currently have 6.14 out of 98.3 GB of free space on C. I have already moved all of my photos, etc. to the D drive. Thanks for your help, Pam
     
  2. Elvandil

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    You can't move any system folders like Program Files without causing the machine to stop working altogether.

    You should have an external backup for all the files you want to keep. Ortherwise, when your hard drive fails, you will lose everything. Now may be a good time to consider that since everything can easily be lost during an upgrade.

    Was the upgrade supplied by your computer manufacturer? If not, you may not be able to upgrade. The Windows you have now, if OEM from the manufacturer, is not the same as the retail version.
     
  3. lunarlander

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    To find out how big a folder is, right click on folder and choose Properties.

    You can also use a program like Treesize to visually see which folders are taking up space. It is available from here: http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/

    As mentioned by Elvandil, you can't move Program Files and its contents. But you can move your pictures and music. They usually take up a lot of space.
     
  4. mathnme

    mathnme Thread Starter

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    Thanks for your help! Glad to know that Windows 7 might not be compatible, I will check on that.
    Pam
     
  5. mathnme

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    Thanks for the info! I will see what else I can do to free up some more space!

    Pam
     
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