Re: Operation Reinstallation: Questions that need answering! Please He
"Smithy" <Smithy@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>I have upgraded to Windows Vista Home Premium and like it very much, but I
> want to reinstall it to get back hard drive space, speed and reliability.
> following question have arisen:
> 1. I have a 32 bit Windows Vista Home Premium Upgrade CD, can I reinstall?
Sure, you can reinstall as many times as you want on the same system. If
it's retail it can be moved to a new system if first removed from the one
> 2. Will my product need reactivating?
If it's reinstalled on the same hardware, no.
> 3.Will it touch my 140GB second hard drive or my 5GB second partion on my
> 185GB main hard drive?
It shouldn't but to be safe, remove the second drive for the installation,
and always have a full and complete backup of of data. I recommend using a
drive imaging program, Acronis True Image Home, version 10, works great in
Vista, to image the system to an external drive before making such changes.
I use disk imaging regularly for bacup and recovery.
> 4. Can I use easy transfer to move my files to the second hard drive and
> restore it back after reinstallling windows?.
WET cannot place it's files on another internal drive. It has to go to a
networked drive, CD/DVD, flash drive or an external drive. WET has had some
problems so I would not rely on that as the only means of backup or
transfer. Imaging the system is a good alternate means.
> 5. Can i get it to reformat my main partition on my first hard drive?
Yes during a clean install. Not during an upgrade.
> Thank you for your help today.
Rock [MS-MVP User/Shell]