I see. Is this is why the upgrade process of Vista and 7 have not been quite the horror show that it was under earlier versions of Windows? At least that is my perception that upgrades have gotten more reliable.
The prep tools have also improved. The Windows Upgrade Advisor is pretty amazing.
EDIT: And...in addition to your other thread describing your experience, is there another resource that I can use to educate myself on this process?
Alternatively there are always training classes.
Given the cost of such training, having a business need matters. I'd suggest finding a trainer that presents 6292A in five days instead of three. Three days is waaaaaay too short to cover the breadth of material.
What you've learned is pretty much nearing the end of the useful outcome for a home user. What's left at this point are things that benefits a business.
Additional: I am still (somewhat) considering a hardware upgrade to a SBE 6 core system in the coming months, but probably not an immediate upgrade to Windows 8. So I have some areas that need to be accomodated; transition from an older AMI bios, hard drives that are probably not currently using NCQ or other features, etcetera. Once I flash over to new hardware, I'd like to ensure that I am taking advantage of new hardware features that have come out since I built this current system in 2007. If I can do all of that without having to reinstall all of my software (particularly my VST instruments), it would be a HUGE help.
Once you sysprep an install, the resulting image will deal with all those things. BIOS to UEFI, MBR to GPT, IDE to AHCI (or RAID), etc, will all be dealt with.
Certain ones may require appropriate preparation. Like RAID drivers pre-loaded in the driver store.
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