Advice on Backing Up PC / Applications Before Installing Windows 7

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Found 5th Nov 2009
Hey,

I know there are loads of questions about Windows 7 bouncing about at the moment, but basically, can anyone tell me of a quick / easy way of backing up things on my computer, so that I can do a clean install of Windows 7? I'm fine with the backing up of files and folders / music / videos / photos etc. Its just the actual applications and programs.

I have loads of applications on here that i've built up over the last couple of years and I'm hoping there might be a simple way that i can actually back up some of the applications as opposed to having to completely re-install all of them. Or am I going to have to do it the hard way?

This includes things like printers and broadband setups etc. I just find the whole task of re-installing everything again a complete and utter chore!

Any advice / tips or any software that might help me with this would be much appreciated. I'm even happy to buy software as long as it works and does the job i want it to, so any solutions don't have to be free software related.

Thanks in advance, and obviously rep to anyone that can help

P.S. Sorry to post probably the one millionth comment about Windows 7 and installation!!!!

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What Os are you on?

Original Poster

spobby;6795045

What Os are you on?



I've got Vista Home Premium 32-bit on both my desktop and laptop at the moment.

I'm installing Windows 7 32-bit on desktop and installing Windows 7 64-bit on laptop.

scream85;6795076

I've got Vista Home Premium 32-bit on both my desktop and laptop at the … I've got Vista Home Premium 32-bit on both my desktop and laptop at the moment.I'm installing Windows 7 32-bit on desktop and installing Windows 7 64-bit on laptop.



Can you just do an upgrade?

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spobby;6795143

Can you just do an upgrade?



Well I could do an upgrade from 32-bit vista to 32-bit windows 7, which would keep my files, but I would prefer to do a clean install to stop any junk being transferred from one to the other, although i definately would consider just doing an upgrade if I can't find a simpler solution to backing up my applications.

On my laptop however, I will be going from 32-bit Vista to 64-bit Windows 7, so a clean install will be needed :-(

My main concern is I live in the sticks, so my broadband speed is basic (around 0.5 meg), so to download a whole suite of applications again will take a painfully long time!

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BeeKeeper;6795501

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