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I have two computers.
Computer A has windows XP installed.
Computer B has windows 7 Home Premium Installed
I want to transfer all data on computer A to Computer B

I am using backup software called AOMEI Backupper
I have carried out a Backup of C: and D: partitions.

If I try to restore C: I get a warning
There maybe a boot or system partition on this destination disk,
if you restore the operating system in the backup file to the destination disk,
this could lead that the existing bootable partition on the destination disk does not boot.

It seems that to back and restore C: is not the way to get the data from Computer A to Computer B.
Any ideas of the best way to do this please?

Many thanks
John
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Hi,
Why you need go back to olden days.. Just backup data on amazon S3 and then restore. You can also use box.com or dropbox.

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Arpit
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First of all, you will not be able to transfer all data from one computer to another (if you count programs and system data as data).
You will need to install programs again on windows 7.
If you do that with backup as you have intended to do, then you will get a computer B with ( most likely failed) windows xp operating system.

Maybe a good start is easy transfer tool:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/features/windows-easy-transfer

But you may still need to transfer some settings and data manually.
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Check whether the image your backup tool created can be mounted within Windows 7. I don't know your product, so I don't know if there is such an option for it, but other backup tools (like Paragon's backup and restore tool), have that possibility. Once you have mounted or selected that image, you should be able to select the data you want to restore, and also select where you want it.

What you are currently trying to do is restore the complete image of your old PC, that would also overwrite your Windows 7 OS and replace it with your XP OS...
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>>  I want to transfer all data on computer A to Computer B   <<  that you can do easily, by copying the data to an external stick or disk - then move that to the W7 PC

if you want to install XP on your new system, you need to make a partition first in which you can restore that.

i suggest to look first if you find all needed drivers for XP on the new hardware  = PC model, or motherboard; other wise you'll get problems
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Thanks
The last point from nobus.
No I do not want xp installed on the new machine .
I just want to install any necessary data such as outlook files (.pst) and any other data that may be there.

Most of the data is on D; but there is bound to be other items on C:

I realise that programs will have to be reinstalled.
I am using AOMEI Backupper  on XP and windows7
Would a copy paste be any more useful for this purpose?
Within OMEI Backupper I can reinstall single files.
Hope I have made that clearer.
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As I mentioned earlier, you need to check with your backup utility on how to mount the image file and restore files from within it. It's manual probably explains how that is done. Maybe check their link below:

http://www.backup-utility.com/features/selective-file-restore.html
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I guess you can use OMEI backupper, as most of other backup programs, to transfer files to the new computer (backup and restore single files), but on the new computer you will need to manually configure installed programs to use that files or put the files on the right place, which may be not the same as on old computer.

That is why I have proposed to use Ms easy transfer. It will help you also with the transferring/configuring of some settings:

Extract from link below:
"What can I transfer to my new computer?
You can transfer most files and program settings. Specifically:

- Files and folders. Everything within the Documents, Music, Pictures, and Shared Documents folders. Using advanced options, you can select additional files and folders to transfer from other locations.
- E-mail settings, contacts, and messages.
- Program settings. Settings that keep your programs configured as you had them on your old computer. Windows Easy Transfer doesn't transfer the programs themselves. Some programs might not work in this version of Windows, including security programs, antivirus programs, firewall programs (your new computer should already have a firewall running to help ensure safety during the transfer), and programs with software drivers.
- User accounts and settings.  Desktop backgrounds, network connections, screen savers, Start menu options, taskbar options, folders, specific files, network printers and drives, and accessibility options.
- Internet settings and favorites. Internet connection settings, favorites, and cookies.
- Pictures and video. Pictures—which includes any visual format (for example, .jpg, .bmp, and .gif files)—and personal videos.
- Music. Electronic music files, playlists, and album art."

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/transferring-files-and-settings-frequently-asked-questions
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Thanks everyone
I did in the end just copy what I wanted from the c: drive, I felt slow (maybe sure) was best for me!
Regards
John
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tx for feedback, and have fun!
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