NWA-PCUG Newsletter Article, April 2007
Acronis Software Support of WindowsVista
By Gene Barlow, User Group Relations
Copyrighted March 2007
gene@ugr.com (click to email author)

On February 7, 2007, Acronis, Inc. announced that it will “fully support Microsoft’s latest operating system, Vista, with its products for desktop operating systems”. This statement of intent has already been accomplished for two of their most popular products for home users – Acronis True Image 10.0 Home and Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0 . This article will show you how to obtain these Vista supporting utilities.

Acronis True Image 10.0 Home: This is the top rated backup utility on the market today. It helps you backup your important data files as well as your entire computer -- operating system, application programs, and all. Used regularly it will protect your important files from hard drive crashes and other system problems. Acronis True Image 10.0 Home edition was released three months prior to the release of Vista, with full support of Vista included in the product. Earlier this month, Acronis made available build 4942 of True Image to correct any problems with their new release. You should install this new build to give you the latest True Image software.

Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0: This is an outstanding partitioning utility to help you organize and manage your computer’s hard drive. Using this utility, you can have both Windows XP and Vista running on the same computer. This is a much safer way to start to use Vista rather than instantly replacing your stable XP system with Vista. Earlier this month, Acronis made available build 2160 of Disk Director Suite to provide full support of Vista in this excellent partitioning utility.

So, how does this announcement affect you? There are three options to consider as follows: Not a User of Acronis Utilities: If you do not already use one or both of these excellent Acronis products, now is the perfect time to get them. We are offering both of these products that normally list for $50 each at our user group discount price of just $29 each. That price includes a special tutorial with each product to help you start to use them quickly and safely. To order either or both of these Acronis products, go to http://www.usergroupstore.com and place your order using our secure online ordering system. The order code for this special price is UGNL0307.

Use Older Acronis Utilities: If you already have one or both of these Acronis products, but are still using an older version (prior to version 10.0), you should get the latest release (version 10.0) to be ready for Windows Vista in the future. Our user group discount prices for these products is lower than the upgrade price from Acronis, so order a new license of the product from us at a great discount price and get the tutorials as a bonus. To do this, follow the ordering instructions in the prior paragraph.

Use Version 10 Acronis Utilities: If you already use version 10 of these Acronis products, then it is important that you download the new builds for these products to get the full benefits of your software. The process to download these new builds is quick and easy to accomplish. There is no charge for these updates as long as you are a current owner of version 10 of these products. For those that we promised a free update of Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0 with Vista support, this is what you need to do. Follow the instructions below to download these new builds and install them on your computer.

Downloading New Builds from Acronis: To download the new builds from Acronis is quick and easy to do. There are three steps to accomplish this. First, you must set up an account on the Acronis web site. Next, you must register the Acronis products you use in your account. Finally, you can download the latest builds of your registered products from your Acronis account. I describe these three steps in detail at http://www.ugr.com/questions.html. Print out these instructions and follow them carefully and you will have your new builds installed quickly. I hope this information helps you take advantage of the Vista support in Acronis True Image 10.0 Home and Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0. Download and install these new builds and your Acronis software will be ready for Windows Vista when you are. If you have questions about this article or the downloading of new builds, please send a note to gene@ugr.com and I will try to assist you.

Gene Barlow
User Group Relations
PO Box 911600
St George, UT 84791-1600

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