I have the following questions with regard to Win 7 installation. The hard drive is currently containing the Vista partition and the recovery partition. I want to install Windoes 7 RC as a fresh installation onto the C drive with the ability to return back to Vista when needed and have the laptop functioning on the factory setup.
1) If I do a fresh install of Win 7 on the hard drive containing Vista Home Pre. 32bit (including the restore partition), will the restore partition stop working (ie from the boot up F11 option inclusive) ?
2) if restore partition does not work afterwards, If i use my restore dvd copies I ve created, will it create the restore partition back on the hard drive as it was form the factory? and allow me to return to vista home prem.
Please let me know if there is anyone out there who has tried the above with their HP laptops.
The restore partition has been known to stop working when a different OS is installed. I would make the recovery discs first before upgrading so you may return the unit to Windows Vista in the future if you like. When using the recovery discs it will first recreate the recovery partition if missing or damaged.
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