-=PCTechTalk=- Re: Loading NEW Computer - Acronis.

  • From: Gman <gman.pctt@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <pctechtalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2010 13:11:04 -0500

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "RMB White" <roguer@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <pctechtalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, January 24, 2010 9:37 PM
Subject: -=PCTechTalk=- Re: Loading NEW Computer - Acronis.

> GMan !!
> Delighted to receive your sage advice (and fully understand your time
> constraints)
> 1. I did download the new Acronis which copes with Win 7, but even then
> found that
> it would take too much learning time to get up to useable speed on Win 7.

Understood, although I will soon be taking the plunge myself.  My next 
system will include XP Pro, Win7 Ultimate & Ubuntu 9.10 (Linux).  Once they 
are all installed, I expect to spend more time in Linux than anywhere else. 
Should be an interesting experience.    lol

> 2. so am happily cruising along with XP pro (NOTE the XP disk provided
> by Toshiba completely wiped
> everything from the machine including Win 7)
> I DO propose to Restore "Documents and Settings", AND the Programs
> associated with them

Step one is to reinstall those programs.  Once those are in place, the data 
you previously collected within the Documents & Settings area can be brought 
over and manually put in their proper places.

>> Of course, there are approaches that can get around most of these issues,
>> but they can be very time consuming and confusing for anyone who is not
>> already well versed with them.  We can discuss these more indepth if you
>> choose to go this route.
> Can u pse elaborate  very BRIEFLY what these "approaches" entail??

Very briefly, huh?  lol

The only method that does not have strong potential for headaches is the one 
I mentioned above (manual reinstall of missing programs, followed by manual 
reinsertion of missing data).  You could also restore from a complete 
backup, which would bring with it any/all of the issues that were present 
when that backup was made.  But the approaches I was referring to above had 
more to do with handling any unforeseen issues that could crop up while 
attempting the above methods.  There are far too many possible issues/fixes 
to mention here and it would be impossible to list them in any particular 
order.  We'll only delve into this realm if something comes up.

> I have already downloaded (to the new machine)  the latest version of
> Thunderbird
> (with which I am now quite happy after sorting out some of the bugs
> about which
> I asked you before).
> HOWEVER, if I DID decide to reverse arms and attempt Win 7, does this
> mean I merely
> download new versions of my other Apps, and then do a restore of Data
> and THAT'S IT ??
> It seems TOO simple and I am reluctant to embroil myself in the
> complexities of a new OS I don't understand
> as well as hope to restore 7 years of work and records AND avoid
> scrambled eggs all over the floor!
> So, I am favouring most strongly going the XP route

You do have it mostly right.  It would take locating/installing some updated 
versions of some of your favorite apps (I would look to find the most 
updated versions of ALL of them), but the data restoration would very likely 
need to be done manually (not a monumental task, but still exploratory & 
time consuming), unless the latest Acronis has a function that can take a 
backup of a WinXP system and migrate it to Win7.  The primary issue here is 
that Win7 stores user data in locations that differ from where XP stored 
them.  A migration feature would know how to handle all of that, but I'm not 
sure if such a feature exists.

Manual data restoration will require some hunting for the right locations, 
but there are ways of making that relatively simple, too.  For one, most 
data is stored within a single area, similar to XP, but that area is located 
in a different place than within XP.  Anything not found there can be easily 
uncovered using the Search function. 

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