[access-uk] Re: xp upgrade question

Wally, that's excellent!

I'll be looking into it and have put it on my "To Do" list.

Thanks!


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Carol



----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Wally.Harding@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2004 4:01 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: xp upgrade question


> My answers are amongst your original text.
>
> Carol Writes:
>
> I appreciate this additional information.  I need first to get a good XP
> installation as I currently have an issue unresolved which means my system
> is "a little less than perfect".  I also am not quite sure how the
"Restore"
> could work with an external HD, since the system has to boot and recognise
> that HD, but perhaps I'm just behind the times here!
>
> Wally writes:
>
> From what I remember, I think that powerQuest contains the necessary
> software to detect the external drive and provide CD/DVD ROM support, so
> booting the system isn't necessary. This package can also be used from a
> command prompt and it's CD is used as a boot disk to give you that command
> prompt and peripheral support.
>
> Carol continues:
>
> I'd very much like to know what you have to do when you restore and if it
> works flawlessly as a totally blind person, given that you can't boot the
> machine to start with.  Now, am I asking too much?  <SMILE>
>
> Wally Writes:
>
> I can't answer that properly as I've never had to restore an image,  but
I'm
> told by someone who has,  that once it is started it is easy to do. you
can
> even do it with jaws but the process would involve removing the hard disk
> you want to restore from it's PC, adding it to another PC as a secondary
> drive and use the operating system on the PC that now houses both drives
to
> execute the restore.
>
> The bottom line is that most blind people would have to have sighted help
to
> reinstall windows from scratch, this software may still require sighted
help
> to start the restore but it's quicker and all your software is set up just
> how you want it without all the hassle of installing it package by package
> and then make all those changes to the settings of each package
> individually.
>
> Carol continues:
>
> Is it possible for you to "restore" on a different computer at the RNIB
> which may be used for "technical trial" purposes, or something similar, or
> can you only restore to the original drie anyway?
>
> Wally writes:
>
> Part of your question has been answered above, see the reference to
removing
> the drive and placing it in another PC.
>
> You can restore the image to the same drive or to a new drive if the
> original, for example has packed up on you altogether.
>
> The only time you wouldn't restore an image is if you buy a new PC which
is
> not an identical spec as the recovery system in Windows XP may not be able
> to cope with the shock of so many new and different components to the old
> one.
>
> Carol continues:
>
> I am certainly looking into it and would very much like to have answers to
> these questions if possible, please.
>
> Thanks for all your efforts.
>
> Wally concludes:
>
> I hope I've answered them satisfactorily but if not just let me know.
>
> Your thanks are appreciated and your welcome.
>
> Wally Harding
> RNIB Hi-tech support
>
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