Backup related question.

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jinxednuance, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. jinxednuance macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2011
    Hi, if I install Windows 7 on my Air, and then decide to get a new Macbook, will the feature of switching computers backup and restore Windows 7 on the new Mac or will it leave it on the old one?

  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Time Machine will not back up or restore your windows partition, however, you can find software called Winclone that will do that for you.
  3. jinxednuance thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2011
    Ok, assuming I don't back it up and install a fresh copy, wouldn't Windows not allow me to do so since I already have a copy on a different computer? I think I have a limited number of installs, no?
  4. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    NOTE: Winclone is designed to backup and restore to the same system, not to move to different hardware. BEWARE: There be dragons there if you choose to use Winclone for purposes other than its design.

    One per license. (Unless you bought a family pack).

    If you bought an OEM/System Builder license it wil definitely complain even though you will still likely be able to move your license from one machine to another. (The old install will get deactivated and if you use it it will probably deactivate the new one too.).

    Retail licenses will ask you to reactivate, but won't force you to call Microsoft. So if you want a "portable" license stay away from OEM/System Builder.


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