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05-04-2009 05:16 PM
05-04-2009 05:35 PM - edited 05-04-2009 05:35 PM
05-05-2009 03:41 AM
05-08-2009 12:54 AM
If you do a clean install but don't have it reformat the drive, all of the Vista drivers will be saved. There will be a folder on the machine labeled Windows.old. Most drivers will then be found under windows.old\windows\system32\drivers. When I installed the RC on my laptop last week, I just pointed the driver update utility within Device Manager to that location for the handful of things it did not have native in Windows 7. On my end, I then backed up that folder and few others where drivers tend to get deposited and deleted Windows.old. Most Vista drivers will work for the stuff Windows 7 can't identify - there are exceptions but I haven't encountered one yet myself.
BTW, contrary to what a lot of people have suggested, if your machine runs Recovery Manager to reinstall HP apps or your old OS it actually works fine under Windows 7. If you go to C:\Windows.old\Program Files (x86)\SMINST (ditch the X86 part if you run a 32 bit OS), you will find the Recovery Manager app is preserved there. You can copy it to the identical location under the Windows 7 Program Files (or Program Files x86 as applicable), and create a shortcut to restore7.exe - it will then function as it did before. Of course, if someone is afraid there may be some missing file from another folder, just download the upgrade installer for Recovery Manager. As long as it sees Recovery Manager in the correct location under Program Files or Program Files (x86), it will then update it to the current version (it won't though unless it sees the old app in the correct folder). The only thing it will not do is create a menu item - you still then need to create a shortcut to restore7.exe.
I have successfully used Recovery Manager under Windows 7 RC (x64) to reinstall a variety of apps (DVD player, webcam, the TV app, etc.) that came preinstalled with Vista. I never tried to reinstall a driver though since I got the current ones either via Windows 7 or from the saved Vista drivers folder. Indeed, while I'll use Recovery Manager for apps or if I need to reinstall Vista, using it for drivers under Windows 7 is too risky - I don't want it overwriting a Windows 7 driver with an old & out-of-date Vista driver.
07-12-2009 10:55 AM