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I am upgrading a Windows XP (32-bit) machine and a Windows Vista (32-bit) machine to Windows 7 (32-bit). The most important files and accounts are on the Windows XP machine.

What I would like to do is the following:

  1. backup the XP machine using Windows Easy Transfer
  2. upgrade the Windows Vista machine to a fresh install of Windows 7
  3. install the XP backup on the Vista machine and see if everything is working

Is this possible? I would have thought its possible as once the Vista machine is upgraded to Windows 7 it should be the same as if I had upgraded the XP machine, but I don't want to waste my time if its not.


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migrated from Feb 5 '11 at 21:19

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Ok, I think I've found the answer on the microsoft technet:

Additionally, if you are installing Windows 7 on a new computer, you can transfer settings and files from any other computer running Windows Vista or Windows XP by using Windows Easy Transfer.

Effectively I will be wiping (i.e. not upgrading) the Vista machine so it will be the same as a new computer and I can then restore files from a XP Easy Transfer

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Well I did this an it worked, so this was the answer – icc97 Mar 21 '11 at 11:49

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