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Windows 7: Thinking of switching to 7, but need a few answers firs

29 Jan 2010   #1
xJACKTHERIPPERx

Windows Vista
 
 
Thinking of switching to 7, but need a few answers firs

so im thinking of switching to windows 7 from vista home premium, but its been quite some time since ive reformatted, and the times i did do it, things didnt go 100% so i have some things id like to ask/confirm. Please let me know if im right or wrong or any easier ways around my messed up though process. thanks.

Ill need to use windows easy transfer or the backup and restore center or do it manually to keep all my files.

Ill need to reinstall all of my games i.e. fallout 3, portal etc, as well as any programs like utorrent. The driver for my video card will also need to be reinstalled.

When i got this computer it had a recovery partition on it, only about 6 gigs. How will i make one once i reformat with windows 7? do i need to create the partition when im installing 7? or is there an option or something to create a recovery partition once its up and running?

thats all i can think of for now i suppose, but if anyone can tell me how far off i am that would be great. thanks again


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29 Jan 2010   #2
gregrocker

 

Be sure to make your Vista recovery disks off of that Recov partition as it will be disabled when you install Win7. There is no recovery partition created during Win7 install, although you can make a primary formatted partition to store the Win7 backup image in addition to storing it externally in case of HD failure.

Here is the best tutorial: Clean Install Windows 7

I think you'll be surprised at how driver-complete the Win7 installer is. It really isn't necessary to install any drivers except those missing in Device manger after install, or if performance dictates. Other drivers/apps can be found on your manufacturer's Support Downloads webpage for your computer model.
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29 Jan 2010   #3
xJACKTHERIPPERx

Windows Vista
 
 

Ok thanks, I'll need to reinstall all of my games and everything too right? they wont be saved in my windows.old folder? And where do I make the Windows 7 backup image?
Like basically on my computer right now there is a 6 gig recovery partition, and it would be nice if I could do the same thing when I install Windows 7.
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29 Jan 2010   #4
gregrocker

 

It will take more than 6 gigs to store a Win7 Backup Image. I'd boot from DVD, use Custom Drive Tools to delete all partitions, create new one(s) then format before installing to first partition.

After you get your programs/games installed and have it where you want it, create Win7 System Image by first ticking DVD box to see what size it wants to make it, then in Disk Managment size a Primary partition to store it, and/or store it on external HD.

If the image is too large, you might want to store data on another logical partition and back it up separately to external.
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29 Jan 2010   #5
xJACKTHERIPPERx

Windows Vista
 
 

Would I also be able to instead create the backup image, and burn it to a DVD and put it on my external drive as a secondary backup, and just do away with the partition completely?
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29 Jan 2010   #6
gregrocker

 

You should create your Vista backup DVD set now so you can delete the Recovery partition during Win7 install.

The Win7 backup is an image file that is saved to a primary partition on another HD or external, then used to reimage the HD or a replacement by booting the Win7 DVD repair console and selecting "Recover Using An Image"
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30 Jan 2010   #7
xJACKTHERIPPERx

Windows Vista
 
 

ive got my vista backup discs already burned, so if the windows 7 install somehow goes horribly wrong, i can use those backup dvds to restore things?
thanks for all your help. im confident now in installing windows 7
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30 Jan 2010   #8
gregrocker

 

Yes the Vista recovery disks will restore your computer to factory condition. Keep them safe in case you want to sell the computer but retain your Win7.

When you back up your files to an external or DVD, include the windows/system32/drivers file so you can browse there if any drivers are missing in the Device Manager after install. Some will come via Windows Updates, too.
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30 Jan 2010   #9
xJACKTHERIPPERx

Windows Vista
 
 

ok thanks. im backing everything up right now, its goin faster than i thought it would, im always nervous reformatting cause i keep thinking ill forget something
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