The information in this thread is very useful, but I have some further problems/ clarifications that I was hoping you could help me with.
Microsoft offers free Windows 7 professional to students from colleges registered with the Academic Alliance program. Since hardly any students have Vista Business installed, no direct upgrade path is applicable.
I will be holding a Windows 7 installation camp at my college soon, and was hoping to get some basic questions out of the way (some have obvious answers but I would like you to confirm these, as I will be dealing with several people's systems):
1. If I wanted to store a backup of my personal files on a new partition, then install Windows 7 on the remaining hard disk partition, then get the personal files back, would it be a problem?
2. Why do we need to back up our device drivers (very amatuer question, but please indulge me), HOW do we back up drivers, how can the back up be used once installation on Windows 7 is complete?
3. The Windows 7 setup files is directly downloaded to the target system by the Academic Alliance website, any specific changes to installation process if a DVD is not being used?
4. Finally, my computer came with Vista preinstalled. It has two drives, one for normal usage (say C
, the other for back up (say D
. What happens to D: if I install Windows 7 on C:? Can I later format and extend that memory back into C:? Does Windows 7 too automatically create a backup drive on the machine?
Hope you can answer these questions, it'll help me introduce Windows 7 to a lot of systems which will other die with Vista.