What is the easiest way to transfer all applications, files, drivers, and settings from a Windows Vista PC to a Windows 7 PC?
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Windows 7 includes 'Windows Easy Transfer' which allows you to save your files, programs, settings, etc. to a network connected hard-drive or, in my case, an external hard-drive. After the installation, the transfer program puts your files back into their new respective places. It even preserves the meta-data of files. The transfer tool is also available for download from Microsoft.
The easiest way would be to upgrade, as that saves all of your files, programs, and settings.