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Backup Files and Programs Only

by akito2000 / April 10, 2013 2:16 PM PDT

My father recently had his old laptop (Vista) die and he purchased a new one which runs on windows 8. He asked me to get all of the old data off of his old laptop and onto the new one. He isnt very tech savy so Id like to put everything back where it was exactly as he had it. Is there a way to backup only the files and programs without carrying over the OS or anything like that and then restore these files onto the new OS? The vista laptop wont boot (it blue screens) so some type of live cd (linux or something) would be best. Is there a tool out there that would allow me to do this?

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(NT) Nope
by Jimmy Greystone / April 10, 2013 2:54 PM PDT
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You can try:
by glb613 / April 10, 2013 8:43 PM PDT

1. remove the hard drive
2. put it into an external enclosure
3. connect it to the new computer
4. use Windows Explorer to copy data

If the hard drive has failed, it's very expensive to retrieve the data. Programs need to be installed.

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Files? Yes. Programs? No!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 11, 2013 2:10 AM PDT

Nothing has changed in this regard since 1995. Why 1995? That's when programs changed to thwart casual copying.

Files are no issue at all.

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