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Can I back up Win-10 with TI 2014 from Windows 7 Dual Boot?

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I guess the subject says it all . . . I have a dual boot that's got Windows 7 (still my main operating system by necessity) and Windows 10 on a separate HD. I disconnected the Win-7 disk to install Win-10 so I don't have to use Windows Boot Directory but select each operating system through the Bios with all backups going to a third HD and an external drive. Will a full disk backup of Windows 10 restore using TI 2014. Just thought I would ask rather than buying yet another HD to test it on.

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John, the answer to your question is yes assuming that both versions of Windows are using the same BIOS boot mode to avoid any issues related to Legacy vs UEFI BIOS boot modes.

Ideally, any recovery should try to use the same method as used for the backup to minimise any issues that could arise.

The official stance from Acronis is that Windows 10 is only supported with ATI 2015 and later versions but this is more about the version of ATI being installed in Windows.

In reality, many users who had ATI 2014 already installed then upgraded from Windows 7 to 10 found that it continued to work just fine for them.  Trying to install ATI 2014 on Windows 10 would give an error saying it was not compatible due to the Windows compatibility service being active.

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Thanks Steve. I'll just have to choose to either convert UEFI to Legacy or buy a stand alone version of TI-2016 for 25.00. I'll look into the advantages of each choice first.  Buying TI-2016 is the EASY route :o)

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John, the answer to your question is yes assuming that both versions of Windows are using the same BIOS boot mode to avoid any issues related to Legacy vs UEFI BIOS boot modes.

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John, another option here is that you could install ATI 2014 in the Windows 10 OS - this is allowed in terms of licensing because the actual hardware base is the same.

In order to get 2014 installed on Windows 10, open the Windows Services tab in Task Manager and stop the PcaSvc (Program Compatibility Assistant Service) before attempting the install.  I have done this a few years ago on an older build of Win 10 to install 2014 though not needed to try more recently.