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Will installing delete my files?

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May 17, 2012 11:24:59 PM

So I recently sold my computer, but kept my main HDD, with all of my data and such on it, such as many, many pictures, lots and lots of music and videos, and a whole bunch of music production project files. I bought parts for a new computer, and it is a new chipset, so I have to reinstall windows in order to use my computer. My question is, since I can't do the upgrade option, because it is a new chipset I can not do the necessary steps to use the upgrade option, will choosing custom installation delete all of my personal files such as pictures, music, etc? Or will it put it in a windows.old folder? Because I'm pretty sure that's what I did last time I reinstalled windows, but I wanted to check because I have lots of important files.

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a c 420 $ Windows 7
May 17, 2012 11:28:03 PM

The answer is yes!
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May 17, 2012 11:41:20 PM

Yes it will delete them? Or yes it will create a windows.old folder? Because I've seen many places that have said it creates a windows.old folder.
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a b $ Windows 7
May 17, 2012 11:54:00 PM

you will see during the installing process that you will be asked what to do. if you do not format and install on the same partition windows will put your User folders on a windows.old directory.
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May 18, 2012 12:07:16 AM

Thank you! Helped a bunch. Installing now. :) 
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May 18, 2012 12:07:40 AM

Best answer selected by jrwizbang.
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