Quote: Originally Posted by sunsek79
... I was told I just need to create system image later on a DVD which I can use for any restoration or reinstallation purpose in the event of any crash/virus attack. Product key anyway is specified on rear side of the Lappi. I was convinced and purchased it.
But the backup so created is not a ISO file but folders with few files some of them are huge viz.. one .vhd file is of 16gb. Iam sure this is not ISO/IMG created and is huge for a DVD.
How can I make an image file of the OS(with SP1) alone, so as can be used for restoration. Please suggest if this is possible without installation disc?
There are 3 ways to totally regenerate your OS.
(1) Usually one of the first steps when you buy an OEM PC is to create a set of Factory Restore
DVDs (~3). These are in a special compressed form and often come from a recovery partition on the Hard Drive. These DVDs or a recovery partition will give you a PC like it first was when you first turned it on and an installation process started.
(2) Make images of your disk partitions once you have software installed and the system configured the way you like it. For Windows these are large .vhd files. Another excellent program is free Macrium Reflect which will give you large .mrimg files. These allow you to return to the moment you made the image not all the way back to the beginning of a factory restore. Keeping a number of images made over time is the best way to get your PC back to a fully configured (apps installed etc) state after a disaster. These images should be stored on an external HDD (You would need quite a few DVDs and they are not recommended
for storing image backups.
(3) Instead of a total factory restore you can use the Product Identification code (PID) on the COA sticker to do a "clean" install of the version of Windows on your PC. You will need to get hold of the appropriate installation DVD from say a friend. Now this can be an ISO. It is your PID which activates and is the legal ownership of the OS. There may be some specific Device drivers
that Windows won't automatically provide for your specific PC.
If you really want to just get the ISO in option (3) just from your VAIO - forget it.
I suggest you make DVDs in (1) the use (2) on a regular basis.