No you can't just restore the home, you will first have to create the user in the new install. Also do not just restore the home, this is partially the reason why you can't upgrade in place as config files from previous version in home are not compatible. In general, you should only restore your actual data, documents, pictures, etc and browser and email folders (.mozilla and .thunderbird for FF and TB). The safest way to do it is to login as your new user after install to create the home structure then copy the data from the backup into the same folders in the new home, e.g. contents of Documents in backup to new home's Documents. This way the permissions should be correct.
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