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Win 7 Install with a difference


golfpro

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I have an Acer Travelmate lap-top which has a German version of Vista running on it. In a couple of days I shall be doing a CLEAN install of Win 7 in English. As the German OS was preinstaled, I did not receive a Recovery disc with it, or a program key. I have a couple of questions:

1. Will I be asked to input the Vista key during the install or not.

2. How do I make a bootable back up disc should anything go wrong with the install, so that I can revert back to where I was, or at least back to the Vista OS.

I don't have very many important files or programs on the Lap-top so that does not make much difference.

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mooly

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You can burn a recovery disc with Acers Erecovery which would be preinstalled.
That should have been the first thing it asked you to do when it was new. It's a bootable copy of the recovery partition and will restore the laptop to "out of the box" condition.

You can also use Acronis to make a disk image and put it on the "d" partition. Provided you only format the C drive with the W7 disk and don't alter partition sizes the D will be untouched and you still have your Acronis image if needs be.

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golfpro

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I have Acronis version 8, but it will not work with Vista only XP. I suppose I could buy the upgrade to version 2010 for €20 I will have to contact Acronis support first (that's a pain) and see if it is possible.
I read somewhere that Acer had a back-up system on the laptop that you could download to disc I don't know if that's true or not, I haven't looked yet. If anyone dose know please let me know.

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Pine Man

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1. No.
2. By installing something like Acronis True Image on your laptop and backing up your complete existing system to either an external hard drive or DVDs

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