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Windows 7: 'Restore From Image' option??

19 Mar 2011   #1
curtranhome

Windows 8.1
 
 
'Restore From Image' option??

I was wondering if there is such a thing as restoring an operating system from an image file (like an iso file for example)? I know that you can do this with Mac's Disk Utility, but is there a way to do this with windows 7? I have a laptop with different partitions on it but no operating systems on any of them except 1.


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19 Mar 2011   #2
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

I use Macrium Reflect for that. It is a free download and works good. You can schedule it to backup your OS and docs to another partitiion. It only takes about 20 or 30 minutes to restore you OS and you are back in business. Download it here. Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
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19 Mar 2011   #3
curtranhome

Windows 8.1
 
 

I'm not looking for a backup software. I need to know how to run a clean install of a completely different OS from an image without having to reboot or write the image to a disc and install from there. What I am trying to do is install Windows XP on the same hard drive as Windows 7 (but on a different partition), but my XP cd does not work and I need to try it out with an image and not from a cd. Mac allows you to take a .dmg file and 'Restore' that file to a different volume. How do i do this with 7 and 'Restore' a .iso (or other image file) to a different volume?
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19 Mar 2011   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Do you mean to install a different o/s - but do it from within windows 7 ?

If you have a .wim image file, you can use imagex to apply it to a different partition.
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19 Mar 2011   #5
curtranhome

Windows 8.1
 
 

That's exactly what I need, thank you. I am going to mess around with it and see if it works. I'll post back if it doesn't.

Thanks again,
~curt
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