Backing up before going back to XP.

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by SpookTheHamster, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2004
    I've had my fun with Vista RC1, but it's time for me to go back to XP.

    The only problem is that I have applications on my computer that I don't have discs for. In OS X, that wouldn't be a problem, I'd just drag them on to my external. But I didn't think that worked in Windows. Vista has a backup utility that offers me the option of backing up my documents and files, or making a complete backup of everything in case of hardware failure. If I make the complete backup, I'm assuming it will backup my apps, but will I be able to use that backup when I've reinstalled XP?

    Has anyone moved back from Vista to XP before? How did you do it and how did it go? Did you have to reinstall OS X? Because that's not something I really want to do if I don't have to.

    Before you claim piracy, the apps that I don't have discs for are ones that I was given by my lecturer to install under the university's license, but he only made one disc to be shared around the class and I have no idea where it is now.
  2. timswim78 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2006
    Baltimore, MD
    Sounds like you are out of luck. Most Windows applications need to write to the registry and have libraries, etc.

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