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Will I retain all my programs/documents/settings?

This is not Anytime Upgrade route

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migrated from Dec 2 '11 at 12:35

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I don't think you can, and even if I did, I wouldn't have taken a chance. If it does not appear as an upgrade, then you're basically installing a new OS, leading to potential loss of data.Backup everything before trying this.

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You could try it as a 'repair' install, but i wouldn't like to say if it would install correctly - it certainly wouldn't retain your settings, Documents would be unaffected and programs would probably be ok... Depending on what dll's they used... – HaydnWVN Dec 2 '11 at 12:50
I wouldn't take a chance either way - if the installer does not recognize an 'upgradeable' version installed, it slips back into 'install mode'. Next thing you know, the machine reboots and you're faced with a dialog asking you which disk partition would you like to format and install on. ALWAYS BACK UP before trying something like that. You know what, always back up period. – Traveling Tech Guy Dec 2 '11 at 13:22

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