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I'm getting ready to transfer over to Ubuntu from Windows Vista. I was wondering if I could use a backup disc made in Windows Vista (using the default backup/restore program) to restore the files to Ubuntu once I wipe the hard drive clean and install Ubuntu?

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You can copy your data to a USB Flash Drive, USB hard disk,or to CD/DVD, then copy to Ubuntu.

Or, see this article: How to Migrate from Windows to Ubuntu

When migrating from Windows to Ubuntu, there are a few things you might need to reflect over, like how to cope the new system, the new interface, and how to adapt to Ubuntu in general, and of course, how to transfer your personal files over to the new OS. The article shows you how.

Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Migrate-from-Windows-to-Ubuntu

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