I have an older laptop that has a pre-release version of Windows 7 (7600.16384) and I want to update it to the release version (and then install SP1) which is build number 7600.16385. I have the Windows 7 DVD but before I reinstall the OS, I want to make sure I can preserve all the programs and data on the HDD. I know that I can simply do an external backup for the data (photos/documents etc.) but what about the programs? Would they have to be reinstalled? Can I use Acronis True Image Home 2011 to keep the programs? How do I do that? I would do a clean install but reinstalling all those programs (Adobe etc.) are a PITA and I would like to avoid doing that if possible. What choices do I have?