06-27-2014 08:18 AM
My HP Vista laptop currently has a partition in the hard drive to wall off the recovery programs. If I install Windows 8, will it wipe out the partition and its protected sofware ?
06-27-2014 11:22 AM - edited 06-27-2014 11:23 AM
It shouldn't,... if you choose the upgrade option on the install disc.
But, ALWAYS ALWAYS, create some recovery discs with the HP recovery manager, then you will have a secondary back up in case things go wrong.
Also back up any photos or work you have on a flash drive, external hard drive etc.
For the most part when you choose the upgrade option, a file will be created called "Windows Old" this file will save the old OS with all your stuff on it, but I still like to back personal stuff up.
Also, there is probably still a file in drive "C" called "SwSetup" it has all you pre-installed software in there.
I like to burn that whole folder to disc.
06-27-2014 11:26 AM
So if the partition remains, as well as the existing software, if I use the recovery feature it would reinstall Vista? Or would the upgrade overwrite it with Windows 8? I shouldn't be so finicky - with the cost of computers these days if soemthing happened I'd probably just get a new one, but one likes to know what one is getting into!
06-27-2014 12:52 PM - edited 06-27-2014 12:58 PM
If the partition is still there after the upgrade to Windows 8, what you have to do to activate it.
The only thing that remains behind is the recovery partition _ the recovery manager will be gone, even if it's saved in the Windows Old file, it becomes inactive.
To do this _ go into Windows disc management and right click on the recovery partition and make it active _ restart and it should boot into the recovery partition and re-install Vista.
Most of the time this works, but not always. Create your recovery discs.
And with Windows 8, I find in order for the recovery discs, one has to wipe the drive on another machine, and then use the recovery discs.