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Windows 7: Will a Win 7 back up be readable on another machine, just in case?

15 Aug 2015   #1
chuckiechan

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Will a Win 7 back up be readable on another machine, just in case?

Once upon a time, I did a back up of XP prior to doing a clean install of Win 7. I was unable to open and use the Windows back up. I suspect it was "chained" to the XP serial number, and for security would not allow me to open it. (fortunately, I had DVD back up's to save me)

So my question is, if I back up with Win 7, and do a clean install for Win 10, is Microsoft going to "protect" me and not let me use my backed up data to reconstitute "Users" folders (docs, photos, music, etc)?

My test of a back up has always been to plug my back up drive into another computer to see if I can read it, but thats not doable for me right now.

Or should I just keep it simple and do the Win 10 as an upgrade?

I'm not anyone who has confidential documents, etc. beyond my dog's shot record.

Thanks in advance...


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15 Aug 2015   #2
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Take a system image with Macrium Reflect as linked in my signature, if you don't like Windows 10 then you can restore the image of Windows 7 so you'll be back where you were before the upgrade.

Imaging with free Macrium
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15 Aug 2015   #3
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Chuckiechan,

In a worse case scenario, you will still be able to manually extract the files from your backup if it's not able to see your backups to restore normally.

Restore Backup User and System Files

Backup - Manually Extract Files from in Vista & Windows 7

System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management
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15 Aug 2015   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Well you should use a reliable system image with a recovery disk incase things with the upgrade goes wrong,
Imaging with free Macrium

Win-10 does have a system restore to get back your previous install but as all things can go wrong without notice so refer back to a reliable system image as backup plan #2

#3 would be to backup all of your personal files on a separate hdd than either of the first 2.
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15 Aug 2015   #5
chuckiechan

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I presume Macrium will work on an SSD back up to an external back up.
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15 Aug 2015   #6
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Yes
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15 Aug 2015   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I'll just add there's really no need to be in a hurry with the upgrade offer it's good for a year and the release is only 2 weeks old now so there will be bugs in all of the process.
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15 Aug 2015   #8
chuckiechan

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I notice the tutorial is from 2010, is it still up to date?

And BTW, thank you for you help.
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15 Aug 2015   #9
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
You can skip to some of the more recent replies on the tutorial on the last page and review backwards
Or simply post there and I'm sure someone will respond
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15 Aug 2015   #10
sgage

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chuckiechan View Post
Once upon a time, I did a back up of XP prior to doing a clean install of Win 7. I was unable to open and use the Windows back up. I suspect it was "chained" to the XP serial number, and for security would not allow me to open it. (fortunately, I had DVD back up's to save me)

So my question is, if I back up with Win 7, and do a clean install for Win 10, is Microsoft going to "protect" me and not let me use my backed up data to reconstitute "Users" folders (docs, photos, music, etc)?

My test of a back up has always been to plug my back up drive into another computer to see if I can read it, but thats not doable for me right now.

Or should I just keep it simple and do the Win 10 as an upgrade?

I'm not anyone who has confidential documents, etc. beyond my dog's shot record.

Thanks in advance...
What kind of 'backup' was that XP backup - a System Image? What do you mean by 'open' and 'use' that backup?

If it was a Windows System Image, you should be able to mount it under Win7 and access it just as if it was another disk drive. Unless, of course, MS totally changed the image format...

I don't think it was a matter of chaining it to an XP serial number or anything like that.
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