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bassbuddy
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If i upgrade from Vista to Windows 8, will I lose my backup partition?

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 ? 

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HaggisCat
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Re: If i upgrade from Vista to Windows 8, will I lose my backup partition?

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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.

 

 

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bassbuddy
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Re: If i upgrade from Vista to Windows 8, will I lose my backup partition?

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! 

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Re: If i upgrade from Vista to Windows 8, will I lose my backup partition?

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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.

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