|21 Jun 2011||#1|
backing up just the bare minimum
We've bought our first-ever laptop and it comes with Windows 7 Home Premium installed.
It does not come with Win7 installation discs.
So we would like to create some backups. According to Home - Microsoft Answers there are two types of backup: Full Backup and System Image.
What do I need to backup just the required Win7 files? I don't care about backing up my own files (media, pics, documents, etc.) I also don't care about backing up the stuff that came pre-installed with the laptop, like the trial version of MS office or the trial version of Norton Security or the games. I also don't want to backup stuff I've added after turning on the computer, like MS Security Essentials or VLC or Gimp.
Just the really bare minimum needed in case my computer wiped clean accidentally. Thank you.
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|21 Jun 2011||#2|
System image will give you an exact snapshot of what your PC is running right now, Operating System included. Depending on your manufacturer, there may also be the option to make recovery disks to restore the system to the "out of the box" state. I know this to be true with Acer and eMachines. HP comes with a recovery partition, so this isn't necessary for them.
System Image Recovery
Here's an excellent tutorial for making a system image
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