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Windows 7: Repair/Install as in XP

18 Sep 2009   #11
Snufffed

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2
There is a program called Adaptive restore - available on the boot discs of Pargon Hard Disk Manager Pro and Drive Backup Pro - that will restore the o/s to different harware.
I know of several that have had major problems with Paragon. Plz do test this prior to betting your buttons on it to work. (Better safe than sorry)
I use Acronis True Image (not FREE) but for me it has never failed.


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18 Sep 2009   #12
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Isn't the system repair disc just the same thing as the repair tools on the Windows 7 DVD? It seems like I wasted a disc making one.

It's too bad there is no real repair option in 7 that XP used to have. In Windows XP, the repair option often worked wonders. It could fix an installation that didn't even boot anymore. With Win 7 it seems you're SOL short of a clean install.
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18 Sep 2009   #13
Snufffed

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
Isn't the system repair disc just the same thing as the repair tools on the Windows 7 DVD? It seems like I wasted a disc making one.

It's too bad there is no real repair option in 7 that XP used to have. In Windows XP, the repair option often worked wonders. It could fix an installation that didn't even boot anymore. With Win 7 it seems you're SOL short of a clean install.
I have tested the REPAIR Disk, and ea time (it failed to repair).
I also liked very much the "upgrade" which was the same as "REPAIR INSTALL" in XP. I have not tested that portion, but it might be the same.
Interested you might let us know.

All I know is I have used Acronis True Image. of which I still have a FULL XP SP3.tib, I also have a FULL Vista SP2.tib and a couple of Win7.tibs.
I can move and do a full reinstall of XP-Vista-Win7. and all the images are small. usually in the 6 to 9 GB. and that includes Office-full install.
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18 Sep 2009   #14
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Snuffy are you saying that with Acronis you can make an image of Windows 7 on one computer and then restore it on another computer (or when you exchange the CPU and motherboard for example)? It would be my guess that it wouldn't work because of driver issues. But since I have never tried it, it is only a guess. I am basing my assumptions on the fact that you couldn't just change the motherboard on a WinXP system and expect the computer to boot up anymore. Too many driver issues (depending on how different the new motherboard and CPU is of course). This is where the repair install of Windows XP came in very handy.
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18 Sep 2009   #15
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Unfortunately the repair/upgrade install in Vista/7 can only be done from within windows.

I believe Acronis have an additional program - that I think you pay for separately , which is similar to Paragon Adaptive Restore.

Snuffy : You can google any piece of software ( not least Acronis) and find numerous complaints.

I have used several Paragon products regularly over the last year, without the slightest difficulty - even on all the beta 7 builds I have tried. I find them utterly reliable. The imaging and restore is not fast, though.
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