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How to reinstall windows 7 pro without losing personal files and programs?

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HI

I have a laptop with windows 7 pro, for some unknown reason the computer starts with lots of errors, so I want to reinstall windows but I need to keep my data, profiles, users and programs as it used to with XP, is that possible and how to?

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You can keep your data, email and favourites. Back them up to an external folder and make sure "Everyone" has permission to the external folder and its subfolders.

But profiles are different in Windows 7 than XP, so the best course of action is to re-install Windows fresh and create a new profile. It may a Profile error or corruption that is causing the problems.

You can back up your user folder to the external drive, but I recommend (a) not trying to re-use your profile and (b) back up your important documents and email separately in addition to backing up the user folder.

.... Thinkpads_User
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You Can use Windows Easy Transfer to export you users data and emails from current OS. Then format you laptop and import you data using same tool.

To Access Windows Easy Transfer tool go to:
Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Windows Easy Transfer.
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Yes. Please be aware that lots of people have lost their data because Easy Transfer does not always work.  I recommend that you do not depend on it at all, but use it as a convenience. Make other manual backups (very easy to do) that will work if Easy Transfer fails.

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Thank you. I was pleased to help out, and good luck with your new Windows Install. Please go carefully and you will be rewarded with a strong, robust operating system. Make sure to equip with good AntiVirus early. .... Thinkpads_User
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