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Vista upgrade mistake I think!


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angelbear

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Help please!

I'm new to this forum and not very computer literate. I tried to upgrade my XP to Vista. I took my desktop in to a tech about a year ago and it seems like they partitioned the hard drive so I would have an old XP and a new one.
When I tried to upgrade it said that if I continued, I would possibly be unable to access info on one of the OS's. I thought that all of my info would be on Vista anyway so I went ahead.
Once Vista was through loading, none of my files, documents, pics etc. were there!
I can find all of the old info under a file called WINDOWS.OLD but I don't know if I can make it come up in Vista.
So far, I have tried dragging and dropping the WINDOWS.OLD file into the new Program Files in Vista.
Now I am attempting to use the Windows Easy Transfer Wizard. I copied the Wizard onto a flash drive. I'm thinking I can restart the computer in the old XP and load the Wizard (?)
So when I tried to restart the computer to do this, it is installing update 49 of 78 (it has been installing updates for hours already) so I am unable to go any further right now.
I'm going to have to leave it updating overnight so I'm hoping some computer wizard can help me fix my screw ups before it's too late and I have to reformat the whole thing and start over!! I was ready to do this a few days ago because the hard drive was so full and I could not find out why. I discovered oodles and oodles of teenage boy downloads of music and movies etc. and once I deleted them all, I got back half of my space! (never let kids download onto your computer!!!)
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kevinf80

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Hi there,

Microsoft has instructions to copy files from Windows.old to Vista after an upgrade installation available Here

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angelbear

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Thank you very much Kevin. This is exactly what I was looking for!!!

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Glad to have helped... :)
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