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Windows 7: Do I need to do a backup?


27 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Do I need to do a backup?

Thinking of trying Windows 8 free 90 day trial. But I hear it replaces Windows 7 and you can't just go back to Windows 7 after the trial has ended. My question is, what do I need to do before trying this W8 Trial that will allow me to go back to Windows 7 after it has ended.

Thanks a lot


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27 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Create a system image of Windows 7 on another partition or on an external hard drive.

Don`t bother with W8, it`s garbage, and you`ll be switching back.

It`s like using 7 with a different look, a terrible look. JMO
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27 Jan 2013   #3

win8pro 32 bit win 7Ulitmate 32 bit
 
 

hi, i think you best option would be to look at installing it in virtual drive .unlike addram i'll let you decide for yourself ,not everyone hates it ,i actuall like it ,so go forth and enjoy
Running Windows 8 from a VHD (Virtual Hard Disk drive)
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27 Jan 2013   #4

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

You should already be making frequent backups, anyway. Definitely, you need to before making any major changes.
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27 Jan 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
You should already be making frequent backups, anyway. Definitely, you need to before making any major changes.
+1 It should be a routine.
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27 Jan 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
You should already be making frequent backups, anyway. Definitely, you need to before making any major changes.
+1 It should be a routine.
I totally agree with making frequent backups and/or system images a routine. They have saved me having to do a clean install of windows on more than one occasion.
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27 Jan 2013   #7
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Of course backing up is essential. On the matter of making a system of your Windows 7, upgrading to Windows 8 I wonder if an image restore back to Windows 7 could cause activation issues. That is I wonder if your Windows 7 key is excluded after an upgrade. Other members may be able to comment.
Given it's a trial you should be fine. Installing the trial on a different internal HDD may be better or in a VM as recommended by WHS.
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27 Jan 2013   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Probably your easiest option is to install it in VMware Player. I run my Windows 8 on VMware from an external USB attached SSD. Runs beautifully and is very fast. It's worth trying for a couple of months. Then you will know whether you like it.

VMware Player - Install Windows 8

One of the advantages of installing it on an external SSD (not HDD, too slow) is that you can use it on different systems.
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27 Jan 2013   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Create a system image of Windows 7 on another partition or on an external hard drive.

Don`t bother with W8, it`s garbage, and you`ll be switching back.

It`s like using 7 with a different look, a terrible look. JMO
So now after you got the Gold Member badge you feel you are the supreme authority capable of telling The Absolute Truth?

One of the most arrogant, uninformative, full of BS statements I have ever seen on the SF!

I feel sorry I congratulated you for the Gold Badge. This post alone put you in my ignore list.

Bye. Kari
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27 Jan 2013   #10
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bazingle View Post
Thinking of trying Windows 8 free 90 day trial.
Me too but perhaps not the trial because I think I'd need longer to play around now and again.
I think it's sort of ok for people to have passionate views but I'm with you...try it and see.
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