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If I perform a system backup with the Backup and Restore Center in Windows Vista, can I open/restore it in Windows 7?

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Edit your post to include: What software you used for the backup, what exactly you backed up, why you are wanting to do this in the first place. I you are trying to migrate from Vista to W7, use the easy transfer software built into Vista or W7. –  Moab Jan 5 '11 at 22:32
    
Thank you. I am actually on a computer running Vista and want to upgrade it to 7, but I want to be able to move everything I have to 7. –  Beatriz Jan 5 '11 at 22:54

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Nope, it restores the entire image.

But you have tons of options when upgrading from Vista to 7.

Mainly, you can just install 7 over Vista (it says "In Place Upgrade" in the Windows 7 Installer) and it'll keep all your settings and programs anyway.

Or use Windows Easy Transfer if you really want/need to wipe the drive before installing.

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+1 for in-place upgrade. It can take several hours, but it is the cleanest method. –  user3463 Jan 6 '11 at 3:15

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