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crosstrainer

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...But still have concerns about Acronis TI. I don't want to remove it from my xp machine, although it's not used much these day's. I have heard that issues exist with the Boot manager..Anyone had problems with this?

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crosstrainer

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...Seems to be proceeding normally, I got round the Acronis issue by fiddling with advanced partitioning. Not sure it'll dual boot yet, but XP pro is safe, and Acronis will return things to former state if required.

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crosstrainer

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It's only needed when the O/S won't boot at all, even in safe mode you can still recover with a .tib backup file, but you never know when things might go horibbly wrong....Happens to me all the time, but I'm BETA testing stuff, drivers, software etc....Acronis has never let me down, it's an invaluable bit of kit in the tweakers armoury :))

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anskyber

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In view of your correct analysis of my potential dire consequences I have contacted Acronis for their view.

It could be I shall be forever in you debt if the reply says get it installed!

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crosstrainer

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I'm using 11 and got no such info! First step post installation "Create bootable media" Odd sinch we are both using the same version...Better to be safe than sorry though.

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anskyber

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Thats interesting!!

When I installed TI from the install disc the instructions offered the option of installing the Rescue Media Builder (+ the Bart plug-in) The instructions said this facility is not required if a boxed product was purchased "that contains a bootable CD"

Checking again the instructions say "if you have not activated Acronis Startup Recovery Manager you should use the bootable media supplied with the retail box version. It will automatically load Acronis..."

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crosstrainer

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That's the difference, you have not activated Acronis boot manager...Your Acronis cd will not rescue you in cases of dire failure, you should really make a boot cd and activate it. It does explain the issues others are having.

I'm not putting 7 on this Vista machine as it's my everyday gaming / banking / everything PC!

Will investigate further.

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anskyber

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OK.

I've just rebooted to check and the boot manager I use is the Windows Boot Manager, I did not see any reference to Acronis Boot Manager.

I did not make a disc for Acronis because I bought the disc version rather than download and that disc is used for a boot disc.

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crosstrainer

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TI 11 You get a message (during black screen BIOS boot) "Acronis boot manger press F11.

This is used in conjunction with the boot CD you make when first installing TI. I know that version 10 has it, but am unsure about any earlier versions. This is what appears to cause the issues, and I think it may be due to the FAT32 protected area that Acronis creates. It won't be the end of the world if I have to perform a clean install, but I'm pretty sure that it's not going to like SLI graphics, my wireless card, and a few other things as well.

Having said that, there isn't anything critical on it, and I can always re-install xp pro when I remove 7

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Proclaimer

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I could not Boot from the Windows 7 Beta Disc. I cannot say that it was the Acronis Boot Manager that prevented this.

However, in removing the boot manager I managed to trash my MBR so I had to run a recovery on the C: drive anyway.

After that I disabled the Acronis Boot Manager and installed Windows 7 from inside XP-Pro and all is well and Dual Boot is working.

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crosstrainer

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And that's with the Boot Manager message when you start your machine?

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