I just prepurchased windows 7 for 2 computers. It ships Oct. after release. How does it mix with recovery disc software?. Do you have access to additional software that shipped with computerin the first place?
If you do an 'upgrade' rather than clean install of Win 7 most of your programs should remain intact and work. If you do a clean install of Win 7..hdd will be formatted and extra software/apps will be deleted, requiring you to purchase alternative replacements or use freeware of which there are many good alternatives.
Some had reported success with browsing the Recovery set to reinstall some apps, but I have no personal experience with that.On HP laptops there is a folder on C drive titled SwSetup which holds most of the drivers and software installers which can be copied to DVD before formatting the hdd to use later.
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