How to recover Files from Vista when going to Windows 7

Discussion in 'Server Migration' started by lrobin, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. lrobin

    lrobin Guest

    How do I recover the info from my old computer | I have tried to download
    the Windows migration tool, the USMT version 3.0.1, but I keep having a
    hangup right at the end saying:

    "There is a problem with windows installer package. A program run as part of
    the setup did not finish as expected. Contact your support personnel or
    package vendor.


    A folder named "Windows.old" was created in C (main drive) that contains all
    of my files, but not distributed to the computer (for example, none of the
    programs are installed... no Office etc.)

    I am a student at a University and we were able to download Windows 7 for
    free and it did not allow me the option to download it as an Upgrade. Don't
    know if this helps.
     
    lrobin, Mar 4, 2010
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  2. Hello lrobin,

    If i understand you correct you have installed a fresh Windows 7 over a Windows
    Vista and now have no previous programs installed, just Windows 7.

    The windows.old folder is created and contains all the old information/programs
    etc. from the Windows Vista machine.

    If you aren't abel to upgrade the Windows Vist what you see is expected as
    a fresh install wan't takeover any installed programs. Also you should make
    sure with the Windows upgrade advisor before that they are supported.
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...90-7659-4BD9-9E51-2497C146AF15&displaylang=en

    If you have the need to back to previous Windows Vista check this article:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971762

    Even your installation is a kind of migration i suggest to use the Windows
    7 or Windows Vista forums for additional questions as there are more people
    showing up for workstation OS problems as in this server.migration newsgroup:

    Windows Vista:
    http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/windowsvista/

    Windows 7:
    http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/windows7

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
     
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], Mar 4, 2010
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