Backup and Restore Home Premium OS.

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I have only been on the computer for a year or so and I'm not sure I'm supposed to be here. I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop with a Vista Home Premium OS on a 64 bit platform. I want to backup the system but the backup program doesn't backup programs but only files. I don't have a lot of files but I did have a lot of programs to backup. Can I upgrade to a Vista Business, Ultimate or Enterprise system? Or can I only upgrade to Windows 7? Is there a 3rd. party backup system that will do files and programs? I'm also interested in backing up to a virtual server and running a virtual computer, is there any programs out there that do that sort of thing? I found an Acronis system but from what I've seen it's an $1800 system and I'm looking for something that is free or close to it any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Using a Google search engine I'm not sure what hardware I have.
ASKED: July 27, 2011  9:11 PM
UPDATED: March 31, 2012  7:46 PM

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If you wish to backup programs, settings and files in one go you will need to look at disc based images.

It doesn’t really matter what OS you have for these so an upgrade is not necessary.

Acronis, Norton Ghost and many other companies provide this type of backup software.

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  • LinuxCiscoman
    Are these programs something that cannot be replaced? It's fairly painless to get the application data so you don't have to reconfigure anything but do you have the actual programs somewhere that can be reloaded?
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