Originally Posted by Marute
If you take care of all these issues, you should be good to go.
Okay, so basically I'll have access to my old system until I decide there's nothing more I need from it? I do have backups of all my personal files.
To the files in the windows.old folder only. You will not be able to boot into Windows 7 from the windows.old folder.
So by creating a set of factory recovery discs like you say I will actually have an install disc just as if I had had a physical copy of Windows 7 that I can use anytime I want to completely reinstall Windows 7 anywhere anytime I want? Will it install the OS in the state my PC is in now or as it was the first time I booted the pc?
That's very kind of you. My laptop is a Packard Bell EasyNote TS11HR. It does have "Parckard Bell Recovery Management" software installed. It allows me to "Create Factory Standard disc". It says it will allow me to "Burn a copy of the factory default system so that you can recreate the PC's default settings if needed". Is that what I need to do?
No. This will only allow you to reinstall Windows 7 on only this specific laptop, and on no other computer.
Yes, "Burn a copy of the factory default system so that you can recreate the PC's default settings if needed" is what you need to use in "Packard Bell Recovery Management" for this.
But I will in fact be able to uninstall Windows 8 and install it again either on another machine or on the same machine as much as I would like? (Not like I'm going to shift OS every day, but I like the option).
Yes, you will be able install Windows 8 on any computer you like so long as it's not installed on any other computer as well.
I've always been told that it's best to download the latest drivers from the actual hardware manufacturer? However, I will have to prepare this before updating the OS? What drivers beside the GPU and CPU are we talking about? I also have Packard Bell Updater on the pc. It will perhaps update the drivers?
Thank you for the help it is very much appreciated. I know I ask a lot of questions but I figure you'll only learn as long as you ask.
Thank you for the tutorial links as well!
Usually it's best to get the drivers from the device manufacturer, but for a laptop, it would be best to get them from the laptop manufacturer instead since laptops usually require specific driver versions for that specific laptop model that may not be the same from the device manufacturer.
You can get drivers for your Packard Bell EasyNote TS11HR
at the link below. Be sure to select the correct 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 8 that you are installing.