Something I've never had to do before. Thinking of trying W7. What's the easiest/cheapest/safest way to transfer the data on my XP Home C drive off and back onto computer after setting up W7 - I have an external hard drive. Thanks.
Another suggestion. Say all your data is in "My Documents" , and maybe a few other folders. There are free "mirror image" programmes such as Freefilesynch that you coan use to make a copy of your data to, I suggest, an external USB HD, then you can re -import it when W7 is installed. This works for data, not programmes, which have to be re-installed from original source(s)
I think the JB solution would suit best, as I don't need to image the operating system - just the date. Also, some of the progs I have are probably not compatible with W7. Will tick as resolved, and hope to try it soon.
Assuming you are talking about using the same computer to install Windows 7 onto the short answer is no. WET needs to be run on the "Old" computer first and the compressed file of the chosen documents and settings stored on the external device.(You can choose which data to transfer)
You would then set up Windows 7 on the "New" (Existing) computer and then run WET on that to import the documents and settings.
Fruit Bat /\0/\ has the best idea though. Do a complete image of the current system which you can revert to for any reason. The collect your data using WET before setting up W7 and transferring the data.