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Old 12-02-2007, 05:18 PM   #1
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So I've tried installing Vista Ultimate by upgrading Windows XP so I can keep all my old files. This is not working, so I want do a clean install. I was told to back up all my stuff by writing it all to a DVD, and that I need to write the WINDOWS folder to the DVD and any other music/movies. I am a newb at that kinda stuff, so I need some help. What is my first step. Will writing the WINDOWS folder to the DVD, does that make sure all my programs like Pidgin and iTunes are saved? Here is a screen shot of my hard drive. Notice I have WINDOWS and WINDOWS1, so idk what those are. Any help?

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Old 12-03-2007, 10:45 AM   #2
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well i dont think you would be able to save actual programs and just pop that folder in and run the program, you would have to reinstall the program, the reason why is about the registry, you can save document and music all that but programs usually dont run after a clean install until after you reinstall them.

I dont Know what the windows1 is i am guessing that it is just a copy of the windows folder.

and yea writing the files themselves to the DVD or CD would work just fine, i am used to just using a spare HDD but not everyone has one laying around that is formatted and ready to use
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So you saying I should just save all music/docs/vids that I want to a DVD and then wipe everything else in a clean install?
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yea, anything you want to save, burn it to a DVD, and after you have installed vista, you can put them in the respective folders (like music can go in you music folder, etc)
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First off, you do NOT need to burn the WINDOWS directory at all. You just want to back up your files stored in your documents, and where you've downloaded music/porn and anything else.
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haha porn

Alright thanks, check out my post in the General Computer Software and Hardware titled Drive error?
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