Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Sep 2006 15:08 UTC, submitted by Dan Warne
Windows "One of the more questionable tactics that Microsoft has implemented in Vista is to automatically overwrite any existing MBR during the installation process without asking if you mind or giving you an option to back up. Microsoft says that the Windows installation system can't intelligently interrogate an existing non-MS MBR, although such features are quite common in the install routine for other OSes."
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No problem...
by EmmEff on Fri 29th Sep 2006 15:44 UTC
EmmEff
Member since:
2005-09-16

Most people do not dual boot, and those who do are generally more technically savvy and know how to work around this long standing issue. I say good on MS for doing it this way to prevent confusion to the average user.

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RE: No problem...
by A.H. on Fri 29th Sep 2006 15:57 in reply to "No problem..."
A.H. Member since:
2005-11-11

"Most people do not dual boot, and those who do are generally more technically savvy and know how to work around this long standing issue."

Most people do not dual boot and therefore do not have a non-MS MBR installed. So, even if MS handled it properly, those users would not be affected in any way shape or form.

"I say good on MS for doing it this way to prevent confusion to the average user."

Would be even better if MS found all non-MS partitions and deleted them, since people who dual boot are technically savvy and know how to reinstall their other OS.

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RE[2]: No problem...
by EmmEff on Fri 29th Sep 2006 19:12 in reply to "RE: No problem..."
EmmEff Member since:
2005-09-16

Would be even better if MS found all non-MS partitions and deleted them, since people who dual boot are technically savvy and know how to reinstall their other OS.

I'm not quite sure why anybody would bump the score on this article for such an inane comment. This site is going downhill...

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RE: No problem...
by Hands on Fri 29th Sep 2006 16:28 in reply to "No problem..."
Hands Member since:
2005-06-30

The average user will NEVER do a clean install of their own operating system. How would it be confusing to have an intelligent installation process for someone who will probably never even touch the installation?

At most the average user might do an upgrade from a previous Windows installation. In that case, I don't think it would be necessary for Vista to even touch the MBR if the previous OS is XP or 2k. In other words, if a computer is capable of upgrading to Vista, MS shouldn't touch the MBR for an upgrade.

For a clean install, an intelligent process would take into consideration a few conditions. If Vista is taking over the whole computer, there is no reason to worry about overwriting the MBR-don't ask. If Vista is being installed inside a partition, and there isn't anything on the MBR (a new computer), there is no reason to worry about overwriting the MBR-don't ask. If Vista is being installed inside a partition and there is something already in the MBR, ask (this should only happen with a person that is capable of not being confused by the question).

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