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If the procedure is the one that came with the PC,
If the procedure is the one that came with the PC, it would restore Vista to like it was when the computer was new. Then you'd need to reinstall the Windows 7 upgrade. At least that's the only way I've ever seen or heard of it working. So what you should do is get yourself an external hard drive and a good 3rd party backup program like Easeus Todo Backup Free and keep full system backups so you don't have to go through all that reinstall hassle again.
If You're Using the Win7 "System Image Disc" Option...
...you'll be creating a fully operational Windows 7 computer image.. Just like if you used any other "ghosting/imaging" software available on the market.. The "System Image Disc" on Win7 is much the same as other imaging software and can be used to reinstall the image on a new hard drive, should it be necessary. Since you've installed Windows 7 over the top of Vista, the current, running version is Windows 7.. A newly created System Image disc will make a backup as it CURRENTLY exists on the hard drive and should install the operating system and software likewise when you need it. It doesn't take you back to the original state of the computer from the factory.
Hope this helps.
That makes sense . I have a couple of sets of recovery discs for Vista and didn't want to re-create the same ones, so I'll go ahead and create the new 7 discs. Thank you too wpgwpg , I should buy and external but I really don't keep much on this computer , nothing I can't lose...Digger
I made my Windows 7 image discs
and tried to boot off of disc 1 but it wouldn't boot up. I hit ctl alt delete to boot normally and the disc shows a bunch of files and ask how I wanted to open them. Am I missing something ?
And You Made The "System Repair Disc" Also?
The "System Repair Disc", (created in the same "Backup & Restore" section), is the primary boot disc for Recovery options.. Once you boot from the System Repair Disc, then select the Recovery option, you use the System Image disc to reinstall everything.
Hope this helps.
Yes I made the repair disc also
This newbie is a bonehead. Thanks again
Man What A Breeze That Was
I tried out my new Windows 7 Image Disks and it just took a few minutes to completely install . No reloading Vista and all the updates first . OUTSTANDING !!! Thanks again Grif ....Digger
I'm doing the same thing
on the Dell Inspiron 530S that Bob Proffit helped me resurrect now. I did the whole smear installing Vista than Win 7 upgrade and making my system image discs. So here's my new question>>> If I were to install a Linux distro and give it a say 30GB partition than I used my Win 7 image disks and reloaded Win 7, would the Linux distro still be there or even the partition?
Ha ! Answered my own question
Now that I made my image disc's I installed a Linux distro and gave it a 100GB partition. Than I used the Image disc's to see what happened and it erased the Linux partition and I have the whole c drive back. Groovy !
Yep.. Good Job!