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I have heard that you cannot go from XP to 7 without losing all of your files. I need to upgrade my friend's computer because he says he loves 7 and hates his existing computer's XP. He has a couple hundred word files from Microsoft Word Office 2007 and a bunch of JPEG's. Is it possible to switch him over to 7 without losing files? Thanks!
    
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Windows XP can't be "upgraded" to Windows 7, if I remember right. I think you have to do a clean install. My retail box mentions something about this. He'll have to back the data up that he wants to retain (which is good practice anyway).
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Yes, take all of the data, and put it on a porable hard drive. Then install 7. After 7 is finished, You can then use most of the data with out any issue.

The only thing that may be an issue, could be the word documents. One option would be to install word 2007 on the new O.S., running the program in compatability mode. I personally don't know if the format for the new version of word is the same. But it's possible he would be able to view and edit them without issue. As for the standard format data, it will all work just fine
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Not necessarily true..You can install windows 7 on top of windows xp.
Have done it many times.

Instead of formatting the main drive you can writer over it by choosing the drive you want to install windows 7 on and click "next".

This will save previous windows files.(documents,pictures,videos and favorites.) Should be under "Documents" or "my documents"
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on top of what I said...it will save windows files which will take up space unless you delete which will take 2-3 hours to delete.
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Not necessarily true..You can install windows 7 on top of windows xp.
Have done it many times.
Instead of formatting the main drive you can writer over it by choosing the drive you want to install windows 7 on and click "next".
This will save previous windows files.(documents,pictures,videos and favorites.) Should be under "Documents" or "my documents"
It probably still does a fresh install? It sounds like it's "smart" about it and backs them up (either automatically or with an old folder somewhere), because I'm sure the "upgrade" option isn't allowed when coming from Windows XP; only Windows Vista. I'd still probably back them up anyway to be sure even if those files are retained.
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The other method, although a little annoying, is to make a dual boot system with xp and windows 7. So you'll have 2 partitions that you can access both, then slowly increase and decrease partition sizes until you've transfered everything over and then just delete the windows xp partition. Altho I'll be honest, that method requires "gparted" from Linux on a live cd/usb since I reached a certain with the built in "disk management" tool for windows 7.
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well if you do a fresh install without formatting windows will put everything into a folder called windows.old. While Doing it this way should be fine and his data should still be intact, there is still that risk. I would still backup anything important just in case, but is not required. Though really you should always back up your info, I know from experience as my aunt went though the same thing. Lost 4 years worth of digital photos, tons of music, and important emails (uses outlook) when her hard drive stopped working. I recommend backing everything up and doing a clean format, that way he can start fresh on that partition.

Also for word, just install the old one or install a newer version of office. Office is backward compatible so don't worry. You can also go from new to old if you save it right or if the old version is fully patched.
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It probably still does a fresh install? It sounds like it's "smart" about it and backs them up (either automatically or with an old folder somewhere), because I'm sure the "upgrade" option isn't allowed when coming from Windows XP; only Windows Vista. I'd still probably back them up anyway to be sure even if those files are retained.

It's somewhat like a fresh install, but the data are still saved instead of getting erased.
Windows (Old) which is what it is called for windows vista but if your installing it over Windows XP then it will be something different.
It usually saves your usual documents under "My Documents" or "Documents" or even "(user name) Documents."

But best bet you should do a complete fresh install. More efficient and better than doing a Windows Old.
and back up your data in doing so.

It is possible to still have the data save when you install over Windows XP.
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well if you do a fresh install without formatting windows will put everything into a folder called windows.old. While Doing it this way should be fine and his data should still be intact, there is still that risk. I would still backup anything important just in case, but is not required. Though really you should always back up your info, I know from experience as my aunt went though the same thing. Lost 4 years worth of digital photos, tons of music, and important emails (uses outlook) when her hard drive stopped working. I recommend backing everything up and doing a clean format, that way he can start fresh on that partition.
Also for word, just install the old one or install a newer version of office. Office is backward compatible so don't worry. You can also go from new to old if you save it right or if the old version is fully patched.

THere you go, Office will allow him to access all the word docs.

I would definitely back up everything he wants to keep and do a fresh install. The dual booting and partitions shrinking process is coola nd kinda fun.
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