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Windows Vista Repair, Upgrade, & Easy Transfer


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#1 Typhoon859

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Posted 23 November 2008 - 02:03 AM

One of the things made better with Vista is its Recovery Disc. I'm not too sure what SPECIFICALLY some of the features do so I'm basically wondering how far I can take some of its functions. In my following questions, I will ask something general and then something specific to my needs/purposes. (Remember that all the questions are for Windows Vista, 64-bit to be exact)

-What parts of Windows does Windows Repair check for and which files does it fix/reinstall? (When I say files, I mean files that can affect things at a large scale, like registry entries.)
-Does Windows Repair effect any of the installation entries related to the hardware?

-What exactly does Windows Upgrade do?
-Does Windows Upgrade effect any of the installation entries related to the hardware?
*From my understanding, doesn't Windows Upgrade basically reinstall all of Windows, completely fresh, as if a clean install on a fresh disc, while keeping all your files/programs and their settings (basically everything else besides Windows files themselves)? If so, I don't see the problem in changing the motherboard and carrying on without formatting your hard drive. I think that it was just an impossibility/unlikelihood for XP.

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-What are the different things that can be done with Windows Easy Transfer (interesting new feature)?
-Is Easy Transfer necessarily from computer to computer or can it be from hard drive to hard drive?
*From what I understand/saw possible, Easy Transfer allows you to copy all of your files and installations along with their settings over from one computer to the other that has the same OS through some sort of cable, correct?


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Posted 23 November 2008 - 02:30 PM

I'm not too sure what SPECIFICALLY some of the features do


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Posted 23 November 2008 - 03:03 PM

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 12:56 PM

There's a copy of my Startup Repair logfile here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/blogs/usas...?showentry=1261
It lists all of what Startup Repair checks for - and if it checks for it, it attempts to repair it.

Will need more specifics in order to answer this question:

Does Windows Repair effect any of the installation entries related to the hardware?


IMO, the best use for the Windows Easy Transfer cable is as a doorstop. I've never had good luck with these tools and and have only tried the Vista tool one or two times. The concept is that it's supposed to transfer settings - but I've never been able to see it. It's (IMO) much more efficient and sensible to only transfer the data (a straight copy operation) and reset the settings manually. The most common "setting" that I transfer are email accounts - and one program that I use works with registry entries (so I export those), while the other has a configuration file that I can copy.
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Posted 28 November 2008 - 11:55 AM

There's a copy of my Startup Repair logfile here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/blogs/usas...?showentry=1261
It lists all of what Startup Repair checks for - and if it checks for it, it attempts to repair it.

Will need more specifics in order to answer this question:

Does Windows Repair effect any of the installation entries related to the hardware?


IMO, the best use for the Windows Easy Transfer cable is as a doorstop. I've never had good luck with these tools and and have only tried the Vista tool one or two times. The concept is that it's supposed to transfer settings - but I've never been able to see it. It's (IMO) much more efficient and sensible to only transfer the data (a straight copy operation) and reset the settings manually. The most common "setting" that I transfer are email accounts - and one program that I use works with registry entries (so I export those), while the other has a configuration file that I can copy.

Alright, thanks. This helps me a lot because basically, my choice got narrowed down to just Windows Upgrade which I will try. If it works, great! If not, well... it's a problem. But I'm confident that it'll work.

The reason I'm going to try Windows Upgrade is to maybe get this to work - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...p;#entry1016452
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