Windows 7 Install with backup and restore features

By fluffykitten
Jan 18, 2010
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  1. I will be installing Windows 7 professional upgrade over vista, includes backup and restore software.


    I am doing this install for someone, he is asking a lot about backing up weekly. Does Windows 7 do this or will I be using some third party software for his backups?

    How about the install/upgrade over vista, is this pretty straight forward where he wants to keep his files.
  2. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    Windows 7 Pro does have its own backup utility.
    You can set a schedule and what to backup.
    As for installing over Vista, you should backup the HDD first.
  3. fluffykitten

    fluffykitten Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 129


    I will look into the backup utility Windows 7 pro provides. As for backing up the HDD, what method should I go. Like if a tech guy came to my house, how and what would he do for the backup. This is also just a precaution right, the upgrade to Windows 7 should not have data lost.
  4. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    Yes the backup should only be a precaution, th upgrade shouldn't delete anything from the HDD since it is not formatting it.
    Vista, just like Windows 7, should have a backup utility (depending which version) I would just backup using that utility, or, just simply copy any files you know you need to an external HDD.
    Personally, when the backup utility isn't available, I just copy the whole HDD without the Windows directory because it's always easy to delete what you don't want later.
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