1.    16 Nov 2015 #1
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Posts : 2
    7 pro 64

    How to clean install 10 and then bring in my programs ...

    i want to do a clean install of win10, meaning that i will format my SSD that has win7 pro 64 on it. how do i save my programs to another drive so that after installing 10 i can then bring in my programs without having to manually install each one from scratch. ? I have Acronis if that helps. i just dont want to do a restore from saved drives if it messes with the new 10 install. i'm just not sure how to go about this.
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  2.    16 Nov 2015 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 8,736
    Windows 10 Pro

    Hi Marty, welcome to the Ten Forums.

    A short answer: you can't.

    A bit longer answer: If you clean install, you need to reinstall all your software. You can only keep your installed software when doing an in-place upgrade.

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  3.    16 Nov 2015 #3
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Posts : 2
    7 pro 64

    Thanks Kari... I was afraid of that but i did think that was the case. I'm not sure what i will do now. Probably wait a while longer to do 10
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  4.    16 Nov 2015 #4
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    San Jose, California
    Posts : 1,871
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64

    Acronis has the option to create a bootable USB/CD allowing to boot your PC from it to perform backup/restore. So before clean install Windows 10, create a bootable USB/CD, make a backup image of your current OS to an external HD.

    If you decide to roll back, just boot your PC from USB/CD and Restore from the backup mage.
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  5.    16 Nov 2015 #5
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 5,820
    Win 10 Pro (1607)

    Hi, you should look at either of the following programs, which allow you to transfer most of your programs (and reg entries etc) from one OS to another (same word width only) or old build to new build etc:

    Laplink PCMover; Easeus Todo Trans.

    I've used the first several times very successfully. Don't use these for AV/Firewall or big games e.g.
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