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Transfer prep: XP to Win7

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January 10, 2013 7:19:38 AM

Rebuilding my system soon and figured might as well move to Win7.
Hoping to avoid the hassle of making sure I have every file and such copied to a backup(stuff on desktop, MyDocs, Steam, FireFox, etc), I'm instead opting to install Win7 on a fresh harddrive, then switch the XP HD to slave and just yanking the files from within 7.

What do I need to do to prepare for this?
Some reading has me thinking I should set my current C: drive to be accessible to Everyone in Properties > Security prior to stripping my system and so on.

To reiterate...
1. Installing Win7 to new HD
2. Want to set XP install drive to Slave to yank files
3. What do I need to do to prepare the XP drive to give up the goods?

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January 10, 2013 7:45:52 AM

If you are installing win 7 on a new HD. You just need to set it to primary HD and boot using this one.
You can set the old HD with WinXP as secondary and can access your data any time you want.
January 11, 2013 4:51:01 PM

So I don't have to do anything special beyond setting the XP install to slave?
No special permission tweaking or anything to pull files from MyDocs?
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January 12, 2013 4:55:37 AM

might have to change some permissions to access some date, but its not hard.
January 22, 2013 2:13:06 PM

Best answer selected by blurgas37.