You should be able to use the backup on the new installation. I would also
suggest you considering just doing a file copy backup of critical data.
Programs will need to be reinstalled from their original installation media,
whether that be on CD or from a download.
Your bigger problem is going to be the new installation. The upgrade disk
will only work with the Product Key from within an existing, qualified
product installation. So, there are two ways you can do this:
a) Install Vista by booting the DVD and running setup, then do not enter the
product key when prompt, simply go to the installation selection menu and
choose the proper version. Once everything if fully installed and running,
reinsert the DVD and do an upgrade to the existing installation using the
Product key you have. Basically you are doing two full installations, once
with and once without the Product key.
b) Install Win2000 or WinXP fully, then upgrade. Either way, you are
Best of Luck,
Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com
"Richard" <Richard@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> My laptop HD is full and I want to install a bigger HD. I will perform a
> clean install of Vista from the upgrade CD (assume no problem to do that)
> want to know if the file & settings back up on my USB external HD made
> the existing Vista can be transfered on to the new Vista HD? Secondly will
> be able to reinstall the downloaded exe programs from back up'd copies on
> external USB HD?
> Thanks for all help