Acronis’ seven-step approach can make it a lot safer

Windows Vista users contemplating an upgrade to Windows 7 will be able to follow a relatively simple path because most applications are left untouched by the procedure. But Windows XP users face a riskier and more complicated process. Moving from Windows XP to Windows 7 requires a ‘clean install’, which means all applications, data, and settings must be rebuilt from scratch after the new operating system is up and running.
Whether you’re running Vista or XP, you’ll lower your risk and reduce the time required to complete the changeover if you first back up your current system, settings, and data with disk imaging software.
The newly released Acronis® True Image Home 2010 disk imaging software can help your migration go smoothly and eliminate the fear many customers have of losing data or a working system. If you encounter a problem, you can instantly revert back to the previous operating system and keep working until you solve it.

Upgrade Checklist:

  1. Back up your entire existing operating system with a disk image before upgrading to Windows 7. The October ’09 issue of Laptop Magazine suggests using Acronis True Image Home to carry out the backup. An image-based backup can be a great timesaver in the event that your Windows 7 installation fails or an existing application doesn’t work on the new operating system. In either case you can simply roll back to your previous system.
  2.  Be prepared for the possibility that some applications may not yet be compatible with Windows 7. Check compatibility before installing or use Acronis True Image Home 2010 to create a separate disk partition for the new operating system: use the older system to run any applications that can’t be migrated to the Windows 7!
  3. Use Acronis True Image Home 2010 to migrate your data quickly. Capture all your files, applications and system settings as an image with one click, and avoid the need to individually transfer them for use on the new operating system. For total assurance, Acronis True Image Home 2010 can convert your backup (.tib file) into a virtual hard disk file (.vhd). Keep your XP or Vista machine in a virtual state in your new Windows 7 environment and use the converted image to boot directly into your old XP or Vista machine.
  4. It can take four hours or more to reinstall a Windows 7-based system, so after you’ve completed the install, use Acronis True Image Home 2010 to create a clean backup image of the entire new system. You’ll avoid the need for another long re-install if you encounter a problem later.
  5. Develop good backup habits. Set up an automatic backup schedule with Acronis True Image Home 2010 to ensure you’ll be protected. Automatically.
  6. Store your backup to more than one destination for greater security. Acronis Dual Destination Backup makes this easy to do. If one backup fails or is damaged, you will always be able to recover it from the other. Ensure total protection of your data by backing up online using Acronis Online Backup to place your backup in our highly secure, fail-safe facilities.
  7. Test it! Make sure you can recover. Backup is easy; recovery is hard if you’re not prepared. With Acronis True Image Home 2010, recoveries are simple push-button affairs, even for novices, so you’ll concentrate on being productive. Leave it to Acronis to protect your data and recover it easily and safely when disaster strikes.


About Acronis

Acronis is a global provider of leading backup, disaster recovery, and secure file sharing and file access solutions. Founded in 2002 Acronis has established itself as a fast-growing international company with more than 700 employees in 18 countries and partners in almost every country in the world. Acronis provides complete, efficient and reliable backup solutions for desktop, server, virtual and cloud environments as well as leading file sharing and sync solutions for mobile devices.

Acronis knows backup. The proof is in the more than 50 advanced backup and recovery technologies developed to date. Over 4.5 million consumers, small and medium businesses and service providers employ Acronis products to protect their critical data.

The company’s flagship product Acronis Backup & Recovery delivers sophisticated technology solutions packaged in an easy-to-use way that allows smaller companies to address their new enterprise-level requirements. Enterprises also use Acronis solutions to address their point disaster recovery, migration and end-point backup needs.

Acronis® and the Acronis logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Acronis International GmbH in the United States and/or other countries.