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.

    If you have the need to back to previous Windows Vista check this article:

    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:

    Windows 7:

    Best regards

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