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Windows 7: Life after Vista

30 Jun 2011   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Here is another lesson learned about Windows backup - it just does not work. I have stopped using it long time ago. Any manual approach is better.
If I understand you correctly, you are saying dont put too much faith in Paragon or Macrium Backups to reinstall.
Not at all Rich. I am saying that the Windows native facilities are iffy. But Paragon and Macrium are reliable - I never had any problems with those.

But if you want to only backup a few user files, you might as well copy them manually. Although I have a seperate user data partition that I image also.


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30 Jun 2011   #12
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

TY, I was always of the opinion that you felt that way. I just did not quite understand your response. Have a great day.
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30 Jun 2011   #13
BluePeter

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

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I remember when I first bought a laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed. Being a Windows XP user for years, and sometimes using Windows Vista when using my cousin's laptop, I was glad that I finally could use an operating system that is really efficient, but there were many things I encountered in Windows 7 that I disliked, especially the taskbar. I hated how the windows were bunched up in a square in the taskbar if you had a few windows open that were using the same program.
After a while, maybe a week or two, I got used to it. After a month, I loved all the new features and changes in Windows 7!
I have to agree and this is only my second day with 7. What first disenchanted me was the absolutely awful array of garish desktop backgrounds.. some completely hiding desktop icons. I finally settled for a beautiful deep blue background without anything on it. Call me unimaginative but this just suits me.
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30 Jun 2011   #14
richc46

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Peter, bit more busy here, dont you think?
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30 Jun 2011   #15
BluePeter

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

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Here is another lesson learned about Windows backup - it just does not work. I have stopped using it long time ago. Any manual approach is better.
If I understand you correctly, you are saying dont put too much faith in Paragon or Macrium Backups to reinstall.
Not at all Rich. I am saying that the Windows native facilities are iffy. But Paragon and Macrium are reliable - I never had any problems with those.

But if you want to only backup a few user files, you might as well copy them manually. Although I have a seperate user data partition that I image also.
Surely the new Disc Imaging Back-up in Win7 is fine though I do agree that Back-up in Vista was virtually non-existent. I lost everything I backed up using this prior to Win7. I was lucky that I had a manual back-up completed albeit a couple of months out of date.......however.
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30 Jun 2011   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Surely the new Disc Imaging Back-up in Windows 7 is fine
Just make sure it works for you - both imaging and recovery. I did not have much luck with it and some other members had problems too. But there are those that are happy with it despite the fact that Windows imaging has quasi no options that the user can set.

I always try imaging programs on a small test partition. Then I run no risk of loosing my system.
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30 Jun 2011   #17
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

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Surely the new Disc Imaging Back-up in Windows 7 is fine
Just make sure it works for you - both imaging and recovery. I did not have much luck with it and some other members had problems too. But there are those that are happy with it despite the fact that Windows imaging has quasi no options that the user can set.

I always try imaging programs on a small test partition. Then I run no risk of loosing my system.
Those of us who are paranoid about backups use both seven's own backup plus another such as Macrium or Paragon.
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30 Jun 2011   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
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Surely the new Disc Imaging Back-up in Windows 7 is fine
Just make sure it works for you - both imaging and recovery. I did not have much luck with it and some other members had problems too. But there are those that are happy with it despite the fact that Windows imaging has quasi no options that the user can set.

I always try imaging programs on a small test partition. Then I run no risk of loosing my system.
Those of us who are paranoid about backups use both seven's own backup plus another such as Macrium or Paragon.
I use Macrium and Paragon - the free editions. And sometimes I backup my data partitions with Wbadmin - just for the fun of it. But I have not yet figured out how to do a recovery from the Wbadmin VHDs in Win7. The recovery facility seems to only exist in Server 2008. But you can mount the VHDs and pick the data folders manually.
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