It was exciting to have Vista running on my main PC, but I can’t say that it went without incident. Mainly it was due to laziness on my part as I didn’t bother to remove my Hauppauge WinTV card before installing Vista and this caused me a lot of problems as there was no compatible driver available yet. I thought it wouldn't be a problem - I just wouldn't be able to use the card, no biggie. Not so! So I decided to leave it for a few more weeks before making my move to Vista (my thinking at the time was that by the time Vista was available to the general public at the end of January Hauppauge would hopefully have released the drivers. No such luck, as it turns out! D'oh!)
Creating an image
Anyway the point of this post is that because I had created an image of my system disk it was easy enough for me to go back to XP and pick up where I left off.
If you too have purchased Vista but aren't 100% certain you're ready to commit just yet it's a good idea to backup your system first. Like me, you can then easily revert if you find any of your essential hardware or software isn't ready for Vista yet.
Question: "How do you make an image?" To create an image I used Acronis True Image to create an image of my system drive which was saved onto a Maxtor external hard disk.
When I was ready to go back to XP I simply restored this image onto my system drive.
What to buy?
- Acronis True Image – backup software that can create an exact copy of your hard drives.
As a special offer you can get a 10% discount on Acronis True Image by quoting "DOC-0UW2".
- Maxtor Basics 320GB Personal Storage 3200 External Hard Drive
When will I try again to go up to Vista on my main PC?
Soon. I'm beginning to wonder if Hauggauge aren't taking this opportunity to get their existing customers to buy new hardware, so perhaps I'll start shopping around for a new TV card before I go up to Vista.
Either way it won’t be too much longer … unless I change my mind again!
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