First: I'm a newbie here, and I tried some searches but couldn't find an answer, so please bear with me. HP m9715f: came with Vista Home Premium. For various reasons, I missed the deadline for free Win7 upgrade. I recently bought a hopefully legit Win 7 Professional Upgrade edition. Since you have to do a custom install for that, upgrading wiped out other preloaded software that came with the machine. Most of it is crud, but some of it would be worth getting back. Is there a way to preserve those apps? HP (whose support almost gave me a nervous breakdown last year) says no, and nyaah nyaah that's what I get for using a non-HP retail upgrade. If I had upgraded first to Vista Business or to Win 7 Home Premium and then upgraded from there to Win 7 Prof., this stuff presumably would still be accessible. Any way around this?