"webster72n" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> "Leon" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> "Kerry Brown" <kerry@kdbNOSPAMsys-tems.c*a*m> wrote in message
>>> "Leon" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>>>> I have installed Windows 7 beta but I don't like many of its
>>>> limitations. I
>>>> have a Vista installation that might benefit from an upgrade to Windows
>>>> but I'm not sure. If I use my Windows 7 beta install DVD to upgrade
>>>> can I go backwards if I don't like it?
>>> No. Going backwards would require a clean install of Vista. To go
>>> backwards you will need a backup of Vista before you upgrade to Windows
>>> 7. If you decide to go back to Vista you would have to backup any new
>>> data, restore the Vista backup, then restore the new data.
>>> Kerry Brown
>>> MS-MVP - Windows Desktop Experience: Systems Administration
>> Thanks. I presume that it would be best for me to use Windows 7 beta
>> backup to first create a full system back up my Windows 7 beta and Vista
> Wouldn't it be better to aim for dual boot, providing there is enough room
> available for an extra partition? Or you can install it on a virtual
> machine in order to try it out first. Seems like less trouble to me.
I have dual boot, Windows 7 beta and Vista U all 64-bit. I was trying for
triple boot. My plan was to create a third partition on my 0.75 terabyte 3
drive RAID storage array. That worked out OK using Vista. Then I planned to
use commercial software to copy my Vista partition and make a bootable
clone. Then I planned to use my Windows 7 beta install DVD to upgrade my
64-bit Vista U partition. I hoped then to have three bootable partitions,
one Windows 7 beta, clean install one Windows 7 U derived from an upgrade of
Vista U and one Vista U -64 bit. Windows 7 beta was clearly marked, "for
trial only". That was what I planned to do, to try an upgrade to see if I
liked it. I have put literally thousands of dollars in man hours into
building my system. I have some cloned partitions and Windows Backups on a
partitioned single drive store. I have been unable to do what I should be
able to do with commercial partition management software and I suspect that
Microsoft lawyers are implicated. I am at risk of losing all my work even
though what I wish to do is within the written guidelines of Windows 7 beta.
Why does Bill Gates and the lawyers for Microsoft never post online?