Since I'm the techie I do a lot of family work, you know the story.
Currently I have a PC where the motherboard/processor died so they wanted to replace them. Well the old parts were socket 939 DDR 1 era so that meant new motherboard, CPU, ram and hard drive (the old one is pata while the new board only has sata).
I'm asking what's the best way of backing up and restoring their old with minimal data loss?
The old installation was xp.
I was thinking of copying an image of the old to the new then installing Windows 7 over it.
My second option was just backing up the documents and settings and restoring that.
What other options am i not thinking about? What would be the best option?
Edit: after looking over my post and thinking about it for a bit I realized I need some more info.
I'm missing an option here. Is it possible to use the files and settings transfer wizard on the old hard drive either taking an image and restoring it to a VM or booting from a recovery disk?