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    Default A little pre-install advice

    I'm seeing lots of threads asking for help getting back to the place where folks started before they instaledl Win8.
    I would reccommend using Macrium Reflect free to creat an image file of your WinXP/7 system before doing anything with 8. That way when you are done playing of just give up dealing with any issues or problems, you simply restore your old OS install. Done and done. It took me about 6 minutes to backup the old install and 10 to intall Win8.

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    Default Re: A little pre-install advice

    I would never play with a beta OS by destroying my primary OS in the process. That's one thing dual boot scenarios are for. And if you do want Win 8 CP as your only OS (remember this is a beta, this is risky) at least have an Image, whether you use Macrium Reflect, or Acronis True Image Home, or Ghost or EaseUs ToDo v4 or whatever, just have an Image available to get your primary OS back when Win 8 CP times out in October and deactivates as the Win 8 RTM is released.

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    Default Re: A little pre-install advice

    Agreed! That's why, after backing up what I have (XP MCE & 7 Pro x64), I then installed Windows 8 CP. It became my default OS from day one. But I did make some modifications with security to do so.

    On my desktop, I doubt that I'll go back. Windows 8 performs beautifully on it, much better than Windows 7.

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    Default Re: A little pre-install advice

    Back up - Backup --- Image - Image. How many times do we have to say it. YThe 100 percent solution to beta failures!
    Off thread Hi Catt - Welcome to the forum.

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    Default Re: A little pre-install advice

    What's going on davehc? I see you're here too!

    Yes, no matter what changes one makes, or no changes at all. Just Backup! It's the cure all for virtually all software (including beta) issues, and even hardware failure. That HDD may not last forever. I always keep 2 backups, the first being the one when the computer was newly installed & updated. This gives me a "fresh install" anytime I want it.

    The second, I take before Update Tuesday. That way, if there's any problems, I can go back to that point.

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    Default Re: A little pre-install advice

    I always have a spare PC or 3 hanging out in the garage ,so putting a beta on them wasnt much risk. The first one I used was a Dell OPtiplex 640 Single core and WIn 8 went right in with no muss or fuss. It ran pretty snappy, then used a Dell Optiplex 745 Dual core and again it went right in with no hassle. I was really impressed when I dropped a low-end video card in went to the device mgr updated the driver and within 3 minutes was enjoying much improved graphics.Did a mild bump to 2Gb ram and the box really snaps!

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    day004, that's the best thing to have, is a few spare PC's hanging around. It's surprising at the number that's actually sitting on the side of the road on trash collection day, or the ones who will outright give one away. Sometimes minus the HDD, but that's OK, as I have plenty.

    I did what you did with a Dell Dimension 2400 today, increasing the RAM to 2GB from 768MB, for $51.00. Made a noticeable difference on XP Home. What I plan to do, is add a cheap video card, one for less than $30, that will run Windows 8. That RAM purchase was my only expense on the PC, my mother-in-law gave me the PC, monitor & keyboard.

    Using it now, I'm not complaining at all.

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    Default Re: A little pre-install advice

    Another option with Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise is dual boot with a VHD not a virtual machine. When you're done simply delete the file and boot entry on the boot tab. I've used it on developer and consumer previews with no problems.
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    Default Re: A little pre-install advice

    Joe if you get a chance PM me with the link (I think you can even before you get to 50 posts) and I will link that. I was looking and could not find it. Thanks.

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    Default Re: A little pre-install advice

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    Beta testing in process.
    Nuff said. Eh?

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