Dear Computer Lady,
After getting your emails for several years now, I have a predicament I haven’t seen yet.
My wife’s computer “bit the dust” so to speak. I did religiously have her HD backed up. My problem is her new computer has Win 7 Home Premium, and her old one had XP.
How can I get her files onto her new computer? Will I have to reinstall all her programs?
Many thanks in advance from me and all the folks you have “saved” from going batty.
I am glad to hear that you have been backing up the files! So many people mean to backup, but never get around to it.
You will have to reinstall all her programs. The only way a backup would save you from having to reinstall programs would be if it was a full hard drive image, and you were putting the image back on the exact same computer.
Since you are transferring her files to a new computer, you will need to install the programs. While most of your programs should work in the new Windows 7 computer, some of them might need an upgraded version, and if your printer is as old as the XP computer, you might have to get yourself a new printer.
Once you have installed your programs, just access your backup files (you didn’t mention what kind of backup it is, so I can’t tell you how to access them) and copy the documents, pictures, music and other data folders to the new computer.
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