Install Windows 7, backup Windows Vista

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  1. gabriel

    gabriel New Member

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    Hi,
    i have a computer i got from work with Windows Vista installed on it, and i want to install Windows 7. but, in case i have to return it, i want to be able to restore it to exactly how it is now, with Vista installed and all the files and programs in place. Is there anyway i can create a hard-drive image, save it in a different partition, format and install Windows 7, and when time comes, restore Vista from the partition containing the backup image?
    Thanks.
     
  2. tblount

    tblount New Member

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    Get another hard drive and install windows 7 to it. That will work perfectly everytime.
     
  3. gabriel

    gabriel New Member

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    Thanks for the answer.
    Actually, i don't want to mess with the box too much or spend money on a new disk. Isn't there a way to use the existing hard disk?
     
  4. gabriel

    gabriel New Member

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    or,
    if i create a new partition and install Windows 7 in it. Will i be able to boot into the old partition later and restore Vista's MBR?
     
  5. JessicaD

    JessicaD New Member

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    Gabriel,

    You could simply create a second partition and install Windows 7 into the second partition and automatically add to the boot loader -- in other words, create a dual boot partition. By using this method you will still be able to boot into Windows Vista should you desire as well as give you the option of always being able to revert to Win Vista.

    Also should you require additional assistance with this process Microsoft does have an official Windows 7 Support Forum located here Windows 7 Category . It is supported by product specialists as well as engineers and support teams. You may want to check the threads there for additional support.

    Jessica
    Microsoft Windows Client Team
     
  6. tblount

    tblount New Member

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    Are they hiring?

    Have solutions, will travel.
     

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