How do you reinstall Windows 7 without losing data/programs?
Posted on 2010-01-05
How do you reinstall Windows 7 without losing data/programs? This was easy enough on every operating system from Win98 to WinXP. The issue I have is that I have cloned my hard drive from one laptop to another with dissimiliar hardware and low and behold it does not boot. Traditionally, in the past if the operating were say Windows 2000 or Windows XP you could basically throw the OS disk in and perform what was basically an in-place upgrade which would reload all the drivers for you and get you back booted with all your programs and data intact. Windows 7 does not seem to have this function. Boot from the CD and click Upgrade and it says you have to do that from a booting OS which I dont have. Click Custom and it warns you all data and programs will be wiped (although somewhere I read it will push all old stuff into the Windows.old directory (great - thanks Microsoft that really doesnt help much). Oh and the repair option, while shiny looking, doesnt help either. I ran through it a half dozen times. What happened to Recovery Console too? Did that vanish? I got into Advanced Tools on the CD and saw there was a command prompt and can see my old directory structure but you cant seem to run any of those cool old tools like FIXBOOT on FIXMBR. I assume those are hidden away in the auto repair now?.