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Topic # 30996 28-Feb-2009 20:34 Send private message

hey there,
this is prob a dumb question, but would rather ask than stuff up my comp.i have a 2nd box i am not really using at the moment and just got a microsoft windows 7beta cd.if i was to install this on the box, when it expires will my comp go back to xp or will i need a windows OS disk, i lost my orignal windows install disk in the last 2 years of shifting through flats. would a boot disk work, or do i actually need to reinstall windows xp?
many thanks in advance.

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  Reply # 198563 28-Feb-2009 20:48 Send private message

You will need to reinstall Windows when Windows 7 Beta expires.




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  Reply # 198575 28-Feb-2009 23:24 Send private message

If it currently has an OS installed, then take a backup of it using Ghost/Acronis before installing Windows 7, that way when it expires, just restore back to your original OS.






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  Reply # 198589 1-Mar-2009 10:10 Send private message

thanks guys
i see that nortons ghost is $69.99 and Acronis true image home 2009 is $49.99, although the latter has a free trial, i would like to know if you think the trial will be able to what i need, ie back up the OS system, and all other data/programs, for the day when windows 7 expires?
money is tight at the moment so was wondering if you know of any decent freeware software that could the same? if not i will just bite the bullet and get the cheaper of the two.

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  Reply # 198613 1-Mar-2009 14:10 Send private message

Personally I prefer Acronis over Ghost now.......

The trial I think is fully featured for 30 days \.....




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