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  1. #71


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    Windows 8.0 x64


    Getting back to the idea of a Windows 7 user "trying 9" and "easily going back" if W7 is preferable.. has anyone tried imaging an MBR system using something like Macrium Reflect, installing a GPT based OS, then just restoring the image to get a working MBR based system again?

    I have no clue if it's simple. That's why I ask.

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  2. #72


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    Getting back to the idea of a Windows 7 user "trying 9" and "easily going back" if W7 is preferable.. has anyone tried imaging an MBR system using something like Macrium Reflect, installing a GPT based OS, then just restoring the image to get a working MBR based system again?

    I have no clue if it's simple. That's why I ask.
    Should make no difference if whole disk was backed up, not system only.
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  3. #73


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    That makes sense.
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  4. #74


    I will tray any OS but on another HDD or in VM, never again in dual boot. Didn't have a spare HDD, installed Win8 beta in dual boot and was promptly rewarded with total annihilation of the system.
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  5. #75


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Yeah, the GPT and UEFI stuff is a threshold. So I hope W9 has some of the best W7 stuff like Good Glass etc..

    It would be nice to see a mind meld of giant drive support and nice visuals/glass.
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  6. #76


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there

    You have to restore a GPT partition to a GPT HDD or an MBR partition to an MBR formatted drive. If you want to restore an MBR partition to a GPT drive then you'll lose data as the HDD needs to be re-formatted in MBR mode. It IS possible to convert an MBR HDD to GPT without losing data but not the other way around - Learn to Convert MBR Hard Disk to GPT without Data Loss through Powerful Software.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  7. #77


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    If nothing else one of those sector by sector disk clone utilities should do it if booted from its own media and the entire physical drive is saved. At least I can't think why it wouldn't. (Only talking destructive overwrite of entire drive on restore here.)
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  8. #78


    Posts : 205
    Windows 8.1 64bit


    HA! I started online with WebTV. Then was given an old Packard Bell (Pentium 166) with Win 95. Got a copy of 96SE and put that on it. Had some guy work on my computer and when it came back it had ME on it. Yikes! I hated ME, put 98SE back in it. Then I bought a 'build' and a legal copy of XP Pro. It was a shock for me moving to 8. Was none to pleased that when I first turned it on, I had to create a Microsoft ID. 2nd thing I did was hit Google and found a way to get the desktop/start menu back. Still feeling my way around 8 (8.1) and getting a bit better day by day.

    As for any 'upgrade' to Win9, I'll take a wait and see attitude.
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  9. #79


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by basher View Post
    Well, piracy is more than about money. Its also what you believe in, you cant trust the poeple - they are the worst, they never know their limits or when to stop, so you must have a way to check their products, to have to know if their will to make a good product is as strong as their greed. Its like the batman - its not about the law or other nonsense things, its about keeping your life simple and doing what you have to do. In this rotten world, piracy is actually one of the very few pure things that is left, because all the wars, politics, religions, and billions of other corrupted and messed things is not worth living for. This madness has gone too far, and we need the batman. Or joker, or nuclear war, whatever, just to stop it.

    *me wants the world to forget about my moneyz until at least these retards finish the school*
    Or it could be the fact that piracy is digital theft...

    Not that I'm saying one way or another.
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  10. #80


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Ugh....

    I think my new motto should be, "Windows development builds forever or GTFO!"

    After the whole Windows 8 Developer Preview to 8.1.1 RTM, it's exhausting especially when you run those builds as your main OS for six months, clean install a new preview build, rinse and repeat. I think I've actually now ran Windows 8.1 Pro for almost 8 months now on my SSD.

    Windows 9, YAY! (I say that a tad weary...)
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