Quote: Originally Posted by bulajap
I plan on buying a new computer with Windows 7 Ultimate ( I currently have Windows XP). Do I need an external program like Macrium or Acronis True Image or does Windows 7 Ultimate have all of the tools in these external programs built into it?
I use Windows imaging (primarily) and Macrium and have a good level of knowledge of both products.
I have reimaged with the Windows product well over 10 times (I've lost count actually). These are not little test partitions, these are full blown system restores. It has never let my down even to new HDDs.
When Windows imaging lets me down and I cannot explain it I'll call it a dog. For some it has met the "dog" criterion and MS do need more work on the product.
I also use and understand Macrium well. It's a good solid basic product.
You always have the option to try the two (like I do) and hedge your bets. You will never know which is a "dog" until you personally restore your full system from a disaster.
To call Windows imaging "retarded" (a poor choice of words) fails to realize it's intent. It is intended for the average user as well who knows nothing about "MBRs", "100MB system reserved". To use Macrium with confidence you do need to understand these concepts or else you're winging it.