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Windows 7: Win 7 complete upgrade from preinsalled vista


31 Aug 2009   #1

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Win 7 complete upgrade from preinsalled vista

Hi i have done a complete upgrade to windows 7 from a preinstalled vista. The vista came with my laptop and it had a recovery backup drive on my hard drive.

I did create recovery disks but i dont think they are working correctley as when i put them in on a boot up it says windows is loading files but stops halfs way.

So my question is, if i ever need or want tto go back to my preinstalled vista could i and how would i perform this step.

I still have my recovery partition and i have not messed with that.

But i cannot see my recovery partition in windows 7 but i know its there as the memory is not availble.

Regards Paul

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31 Aug 2009   #2

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulpp View Post
But i cannot see my recovery partition in windows 7 but i know its there as the memory is not availble.
Go to Disk Management, it should show up there. It probably was not assigned a drive letter for safety reasons.
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31 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

You should be able to get the recovery to work by setting the recovery drive to be the active drive using a partition management program, preferebly one that boots from CD directly.

If it is a major concern to you, you may want to investigate this with the manufacturer of your system, (most have forums), now, before you have a fail situation
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31 Aug 2009   #4

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
Go to Disk Management, it should show up there. It probably was not assigned a drive letter for safety reasons.
I went into disk managment and it was there, it doesent bother me to much i would just like to know if i need to i can use that partition to go back to my preinstalled version?

And is there anyway of backing it up?
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31 Aug 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

If you have some form of external drive you should be able to back up the complete partition to it, or you may be able to back up to a number of DVDs although this is not possible using native Windows tools and you would have to invest in a 3rd party application, when I say invest It may only be time as there are some adequate packages available for free a search of the forums should find several
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31 Aug 2009   #6

windows 7
 
 

well ill give it a go with a backup, not sure if it would work but i have a 4gb psp memory card and not sure if i would be able to boot from that.

Ill give it a go. Thanks
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