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Windows 7: Macrium Free vs Macrium Pay


23 Sep 2013   #31

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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Let me follow up this discussion with one more question. -- It seems when I visit the Macrium site quite often there is a new version available. I never know when a new Restore Disk should be made. How do I tell that?
It is in the change log. But it is very rare that you nee a new WinPE disc. I have seen that only once.
Thanks for that info. Out of curiosity, I went back through the change log well past my present version. I had to go back quite a ways before I found a reference to needing to make a new rescue disk but it was very clearly stated. I'll be updating later today after I make a new image.

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23 Sep 2013   #32

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There is also a recent entry concerning UEFI and PE4 but you would know if you had that problem.
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23 Sep 2013   #33

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

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There is also a recent entry concerning UEFI and PE4 but you would know if you had that problem.
I am not sure about that. I have been told I have a lot of problems that I was not aware of.
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23 Sep 2013   #34

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23 Sep 2013   #35

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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There is also a recent entry concerning UEFI and PE4 but you would know if you had that problem.
I am not sure about that. I have been told I have a lot of problems that I was not aware of.
Welcome to the club!
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23 Sep 2013   #36

XP/7x32-x64/8x64
 
 

A very informative thread.
Bookmarked.
Real food-for-thought as I take on more responsibility for my multiple PCs health/stability.
I had always assumed until about 4 months ago the only cure was a clean install and the dread of reinstalling all my programs and then updating my settings. Days of work.

Thank you
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24 Sep 2013   #37
whs
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GrayGhost2 View Post
A very informative thread.
Bookmarked.
Real food-for-thought as I take on more responsibility for my multiple PCs health/stability.
I had always assumed until about 4 months ago the only cure was a clean install and the dread of reinstalling all my programs and then updating my settings. Days of work.

Thank you
Yeah right. I can feel with you. Images are so much more practical. In 20 minutes you are back in business.

A while ago I had to reinstall the system on one of my wife's Vista system (for various reasons). That took me 3 days before everything was back to normal.
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24 Sep 2013   #38

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

WHS,

You should have said..I have updated my Vista install media. Just re-updating it now. It installs and only asks for Graphics driver, Defender update and a couple of others that can't be pre integrated.

The iso is bigger of course, and it takes about 10 mins extra sitting at the the "Please wait while Windows continues to set up your computer" screen.

Fantastic for repair installs as well.
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19 Apr 2014   #39

XP/7x32-x64/8x64
 
 

Am I too late to ask a question, in this thread ?

Imaging
I just stumbled over "Acronis True Image 2014"
sevenforums.com appear to be pro "free Macrium"

What is the advantage of one over the other (besides $$)

I notice one comment in Macrium Free vs Macrium Pay reported an "unreliable reinstalling images" with Acronis

I have not imaged anything yet, still learning !
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20 Apr 2014   #40

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Several years ago I tried out assorted "system image" backup software products, including Acronis and Macrium.

I'm no rookie, but I just couldn't make sense of the non-intuitive confusing interface of Acronis.

In contrast, Macrium was a piece of cake as far as ease-of-use.

I originally tried the "free" Macrium version, and had a problem which truly seemed to be a bug. Theoretically the vendor does not provide support for the free version. But in this case because the issue pointed absolutely to a program defect, the vendor addressed my report within a day (as a high-priority defect report), and had a correction available in two days.

I was very very impressed.

I then compared the feature set of the free vs. paid (Standard) version and decided the additional features (e.g. automatic space management, to "prune" older generations automatically when newer versions are produced) were well worth the nominal cost. Plus, it allowed me to "thank and support the vendor" who had provided true product support (in a parental way) when I reported the defect I'd discovered in the free version.

I've had several other support issues over the past few years which involved response from Macrium. In all cases response was received within hours.

Macrium deserved my money, and my support. Not to mention the product itself is SUPERB, and intuitive, and easy to use and 100% reliable on the several occasions I've used it to recover from some disaster or problem.
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