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Zinstall claims it can restore my XP system to a Win 10 machine


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#1 Cynthia Moore

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 03:42 PM

Carbonite has discontinued its mirror image backup option. Carbonite has been steadily going into the toilet over the past few years, so I am happy to move to something better, if there is something better.

 

I recently saw an ad for Zinstall. It claims that it can backup my entire system including the the software and reinstall it to a different machine with a different OS. I find this hard to believe. Is this even possible?

 

http://www.zinstall.com/

 

Is there a good backup option out there for Windows machines? I am sick of Carbonite.


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Posted 26 May 2018 - 03:46 PM

It claims that it can backup my entire system including the the software and reinstall it to a different machine with a different OS.

 

why not just do that yourself?



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Posted 26 May 2018 - 04:21 PM

One of the best around is Macrium Reflect. I have been using the free edition for years and never been disappointed once. Making a full image backup of your main partition is bulletproof, and literally takes 3 clicks of the mouse. All images are fully accessible for data access. I always keep at least 4 images as I go, sometimes I have to access an older image for retrieving some data I accidentally deleted. The paid version has full incremental backup, but I don't need that. Works every time.


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Posted 26 May 2018 - 05:24 PM

 

It claims that it can backup my entire system including the the software and reinstall it to a different machine with a different OS.

 

why not just do that yourself?

 

 

Because it's well-nigh impossible to reinstall machine's entire ecosystem on to another machine that is running a different OS.

 

Sure, you can copy user data, and reasonably easily, but I challenge anyone to lift all of their programs from a Windows machine and drop them on to say, a Mac, and have them work.  [And I'm not counting virtual environments in any way.]  Same for Windows to Linux (or vice versa) or Mac to Linux (or vice versa).


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