Originally Posted by Scott Smith |
I saw it on my clean install a few days ago.
I'm not too sure what you mean by "saw it".
When my Win 7 CD loads, after the language setting, there is
Install Now or Repair.
- recovery tools which have not been sufficient to fix the things I'm talking about (does not include a non-destructive OS install) .
- or Restore from previously created system image.
so that is out for these purposes
- "Custom" which installs a "new copy of Windows" and does NOT
keep files, settings etc.
- And "Upgrade" to a newer version of Windows and keep your files etc which is "only available when an existing version of Windows is running"
So "Upgrade" will upgrade Vista to Win 7 IF
your current installation of Vista is running. In other words if the computer starts up with Vista, the Win 7 installation CD can be run from Vista for an upgrade, otherwise that won't work either.
And the same thing MIGHT work to reload Win 7 over the top of Win 7 IF
your current installation of Win 7 will run, which in these conditions it usually doesn't.
This could (and will) turn one tiny problem that is preventing the system from starting up and running (possibly one bad registry entry that would be rewritten by a re-installation) into a fatal blow requiring a total rebuild, something the XP installation disc would easily fix.
The same might also be true if you had a complete system image saved to a different drive (either with Ghost or with Windows System Backup) and the OS drive failed and had to be replaced by a different drive that the Win 7 Repair system can't adjust for (and I've already found this on several occasions--sometimes it does this well, sometimes it just won't).
In this case the Ghost image backup would be worthless without a hardware re-detection to adjust for the new drive which 7 won't do because it won't reinstall (non-destructively) from the CD unless 7 is already running which it can't.
If the system image was made with Windows Backup I don't know if the Windows Restore would be able to adjust for a different brand or size of drive without an OS re-load, but if the Repair Tools won't do it on many occasions, System Restore may very well not do it either which might make a system image backup totally worthless as well.
I was preparing to start moving people to Win 7 until I discovered this; now I will have to wait and see if there is a way around this problem.
Many of my users have very complicated installs, they are all different and can be a big pain to rebuild from scratch and re-validate all the software. If they were all pretty much the same (which many departments are) I would not be as concerned about this.