Install Windows 7 over Windows Vista without formatting drive or upgrading

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QUESTION :

So I have a laptop with a 32-bit Windows Vista OS installed. I want to install Windows 7 64-bit, which is possible on this computer. However the only way to do that, is to boot off of the install disk and install on the drive over the old Windows Vista. When doing this the installer tells me that my old Windows installation will be moved to a Windows.old folder.

My question now is, if I do this type of installation, will it keep all other files in place (i.e. User folders and documents)?

ANSWER :

As far as what it is supposed to do – it is supposed to leave your files intact. With windows Vista to Windows 7 migration, I would trust it.

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