A few months ago i decided to try out 10 on my 'reserve'/backup PC in order to decide whether or not to upgrade my main machine to 10. I have now with about 6 weeks of free upgrade to go decided its time to upgrade it. However whilst i want my main machine to havw 10 i would prefer to have 7 on the backup PC just in case i have problems. The problem is i am now well outside the 30 day cutoff for restoring 7 to that machine.
I did find a trick on another advice website which involved the hidden restoration files for 7 and remaming them so that they did not get removed after the 30 days were up. Whilst i was still within the 30 days i did try this, however today when i decided to restore 7 i renamed the hidden restoration files back to their original names and tried to restore 7. No good. 10 is apparently not that easily fooled and told me the files had been removed and sorry you cant restore windows 7 now (despite the files needed still physically being on the machine). Clearly either i have dont something wrong or the trick for getting around the 30 day limit does not work.
Heres the page i used. There are other so called help pages that refer to this method as well.
Any way i can make this work or will i have to do a clean install?
Of course if i upgrade my other PC and it doesnt work i will have the option of returning it to 7 within the normal 30 days, but realy i am hoping this wont be the case. It would just be nice to have a backup machine running 7 in case i find something doesnt work with 10 in the future.