Backing up your hard drive contents and reinstalling when new OS is installed?


I know it seems like a stupid question but I need some help with this one.

I have been using windows 7 ultimate for 2 years now and I am going to put windows 8 onto my computer. I am wondering 3 things-

1) How do I back up everything thats on my current hard drive? Is there an option in windows that will store literally everything onto an external device like an external HDD? I’m a little lost with this one.

2) Is it as simple as sticking the Windows 8 OS disc into my Computer and selecting install windows 8? or will i have to go into my BIOS and select a drive for it to install on?

3) When windows 8 is succesfully installed and running on my computer, is it as simple as connecting my backup HDD and everything will be installed or will i have to go back in and reinstall everything?

I know it seems like a stupid question seeing as we’re in the age of computers and have been for a while but I’m just looking for a little help

Basically, backing up everything you want to keep is an easy as sticking all your files on a flash drive, or transferring them to another computer. Of course you’ll have to reinstall games and the sort, but music, pictures, etc… can all be backed up using a flash drive.

You pop in the disk and spam F2 (or F12? I dunno it’s been a while since I’ve done it) and it should give you an option to boot from disk somewhere in there.

I got both Windows 7 and 8 for free through my school and personally I like 7 better, mostly because I don’t use the apps Window 8 has. I downloaded the classic shell so it’s the same thing pretty much. Installing windows 8 wasn’t worth the trouble IMO. I think most people would be fine with the old desktop or the new interactive desktops but not both on the same desktop. Personally I prefer 7, the apps on 8 get in the way.

First off, the rough pressure will not be referred to as ‘reminiscence’, but yes that you could change the interior rough drive with a greater capacity force. Clone the old force to the new one so you don’t need to reinstall everything.

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