Question about upgrading from Windows 7 to Win8

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  1. Jonbajo

    Jonbajo Member Guru

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    I have Win7 installed on a 120g ssd. I want to upgrade to windows 8. If I want to revert to Win7 after trying 8, what's the best way to save all of my software/music/files/etc AND my installation of Win7 (before installing 8, of course)?

    Acronis True Image? EaseUS todo Backup free?

    Here's where my confusion lies: Would I need a disk backup? or a Windows backup? data backup? hard drive backup?
     
  2. colorblindnejc

    colorblindnejc Active Member

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    I guess it depends on what you want to preserve. It also depends which program you use to do it... You probably don`t need to backup the whole drive since Im pressuming you are not going to format. Id just make sure that when I backup Windows data Id tick the registry box aswell, that way all your programs / games will be playable as if nothing ever happened if you ever revert...

    Not sure if "users" folder is considered as a Windows backup so I suggest you just copy paste it somewhere (my documents, appdata, pictures - its all in the users folder) :)
     
  3. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    I use Acronis.
    Test the backup on a spare drive before you delete/upgrade Windows 7.
     
  4. yosef019

    yosef019 Ancient Guru

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    windows back up good too i back up whole c drive
     

  5. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    Windows backup also backs up other drives that are used to install things and wont let me deselect them!
    When it sees that I have installed anything on a drive, it will backup that drive as well.
    After installing my first few games I tried to backup just the OS drive with Windows backup and the backup was HUGE because of this.
    Thats when I went back to Acronis.
     

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