SOURCE: Acronis, Inc.

October 22, 2009 11:51 ET

Windows 7 Migration Checklist Calls for Full Image Backup; Acronis' Seven-Step Process Delivers Peace of Mind

Acronis Backup Software Provide Tools for Full System Roll-Back and Protection for New Windows 7 Operating System

BURLINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 22, 2009) - For a smooth and successful migration to Microsoft® Windows® 7, users should start by doing a full system and data image backup followed by a seven-step process created by Acronis®, Inc. (http://www.acronis.com), a provider of affordable, scalable storage management and disaster recovery software.

Acronis True Image Home® 2010, which is compatible with Windows 7, features an enhanced, easy-to-use user interface, Acronis Nonstop Backup™, expanded support for virtual hard disks and an online backup option.

In its upgrade checklist, Acronis points out that Windows Vista users should be able to perform a simple upgrade to Windows 7, but getting data from Windows XP may involve more planning. Moving from XP requires users to reload applications from scratch.

The Acronis checklist calls for consumers to:

1. Backup the entire existing operating system with a disk image before
   upgrading to Windows 7. If there are problems, the disk image will
   allow simple rollback to the old operating system.
2. Be prepared for the possibility that some applications may not yet be
   compatible with Windows 7. Check compatibility of specific applications
   before installing Windows 7 or use Acronis True Image Home to create a
   separate disk partition for the new operating system. Use the XP or
   Vista partition to run applications that can't be migrated to Windows
   7.
3. Use the backup image to migrate data quickly. Capture all files,
   applications and system settings and avoid the need to individually
   transfer. For total assurance, Acronis True Image Home can convert the
   backup (.tib) file into a virtual hard disk file (.vhd). Run the
   original XP or Vista machine as a virtual one in the new Windows 7
   environment.
4. Create and save a clean backup image of the new Windows 7 installation.
   This will avoid the need for a long re-install in case of problems
   later.
5. Develop good backup habits. Set up an automatic backup schedule for full
   protection.
6. Store an additional copy of backup image on a USB drive in another
   physical location for greater security.
7. Validate the backup to ensure that it is ready for recovery.

About Acronis

Acronis, Inc. is the leading provider of storage management and disaster recovery software. Its patented disk imaging and management technology enables corporations and individuals to move, manage and maintain digital assets in physical and virtual environments. With Acronis' backup, recovery, server consolidation and virtualization migration software, users protect their digital information, maintain business continuity and reduce downtime in computing environments. Acronis software is sold in more than 180 countries and available in 13 languages. For additional information, please visit www.acronis.com or contact media@acronis.com.

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