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Topic # 23004 15-Jun-2008 10:04
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hello,

is there a way to back up all of vistas system files as i want to go back to xp but do not want to have to reinstall vista at a later time is it possible to do this or should i just back up files and re install when i want to?

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  Reply # 138116 15-Jun-2008 10:08
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Fastlemons: hello,
is there a way to back up all of vistas system files as i want to go back to xp but do not want to have to reinstall vista at a later time is it possible to do this or should i just back up files and re install when i want to?

A complete system backup is only available on Vista Business, Ultimate and Enterprise.

You only need to backup important files (like documents, favourites, photos, drivers), wipe the hard drive and install XP.




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  Reply # 138118 15-Jun-2008 10:11
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If you are running Vista Ultimate you can do a full system backup that is actually an image of your HDD. If not, use Norton Ghost or Acronis.







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  Reply # 138119 15-Jun-2008 10:11
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Thanks.
will i be able to install adifferent copy of vista and use these files or does have to stay as home premium?


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  Reply # 138120 15-Jun-2008 10:13
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If you do an image backup then you get what you had before. You can only change editions if you get a new key for the proper version and change the key.






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  Reply # 138122 15-Jun-2008 10:16
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so if i buy a vista ultimate and installed it would my files work on that?


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  Reply # 138124 15-Jun-2008 10:21
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If you buy Windows Vista Ultimate, you can upgrade to it without any reinstallation.




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Reply # 138128 15-Jun-2008 10:30
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Yes, but think before you do anything. If you just need to do a full image backup it may be cheaper to get Acronis than to buy a new Windows Vista version...

Also if you buy Acronis you have a software that will work for your new Windows XP backups as well - while buying Windows Vista Ultimate will not give you any new backup abilities on your Windows XP install if you need to.




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