Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Making a Factory Restore/Backup

18 Jan 2012   #1
Zeldafan1993

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Making a Factory Restore/Backup

hi im wondering if for someone like me who has made there own PC from various parts none OEM, if theres a way to make a Factory Restore type thing so that if you need to wipe out your PC you can just push a button (like f2 to load factory Settings) type thing or if there's is something similar that i can do

thanks


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

18 Jan 2012   #2
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I think the best thing to do is once your machine is updated, has all the programs you use on it, etc and is running well, create a full system image and save it to an external hard drive. Update the system image on a regular basis. It won't be a one click operation but you'd be able to restore your computer to the exact condition it was in at the time the latest image was made.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2012   #3
Zeldafan1993

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
I think the best thing to do is once your machine is updated, has all the programs you use on it, etc and is running well, create a full system image and save it to an external hard drive. Update the system image on a regular basis. It won't be a one click operation but you'd be able to restore your computer to the exact condition it was in at the time the latest image was made.
Sounds liek a Great plan , so basically when you Reformat/reinstall windows and put your basic programs that you use and update to the most current drivers at the time then make the image?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


18 Jan 2012   #4
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

In a word - yes.

Some people make multiple images "just in case". They might make one immediately after installing the operating system and all updates and verifying that things work the way they should. Then make a second one after installing other programs. It really depends on what works for each person's needs.

The Windows 7 imaging tool (Start > Control Panel > Backup and Restore > Create system image) is a basic tool without too much flexibility. Some people have reported problems, others like myself have used it many times without any issues. Other free products you might consider are Macrium, Paragon, and EaseUS Todo. You could do an initial system image using Windows 7 (very straight-forward operation) along with the companion system repair disk (in case you machine ever fails to boot) and then play around with the other imaging tools.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2012   #5
Zeldafan1993

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
In a word - yes.

Some people make multiple images "just in case". They might make one immediately after installing the operating system and all updates and verifying that things work the way they should. Then make a second one after installing other programs. It really depends on what works for each person's needs.

The Windows 7 imaging tool (Start > Control Panel > Backup and Restore > Create system image) is a basic tool without too much flexibility. Some people have reported problems, others like myself have used it many times without any issues. Other free products you might consider are Macrium, Paragon, and EaseUS Todo. You could do an initial system image using Windows 7 (very straight-forward operation) along with the companion system repair disk (in case you machine ever fails to boot) and then play around with the other imaging tools.
ok thanks for the info its very helpful
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2012   #6
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

You're very welcome.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2012   #7
Zeldafan1993

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

ok just 1 question if i make a Image does that make everything on my Hard rive go into that image so if i restore the image it will be just like when i made the image?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2012   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Answer to your last question is yes. Here is a bit more info that might be useful: Imaging strategies
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jan 2012   #9
Zeldafan1993

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

what 1 is better Paragon or EaseUS ?? i just want to make a weekly backup so that i can install 1 program on each mine and my mom's PC so it backs up to my Network PC
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jan 2012   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

They are both OK. EaseUS may be a bit easier.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Making a Factory Restore/Backup




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Making a New Factory reset image
I was on my laptop and noticed i could create a new factory reset image. Thus from this i created a new factory image on my laptop that allowed me the hassle free time from re installing so many programs. Thus i tried to do this on my desktop and i don't even remember how to make a new factory...
Backup and Restore
Factory Restore not working, error 0xe0ef000d, Image Restore?
Hello people. I'm new to this so please bear with me. Okay so I'll give a brief explanation of what's going on. So a couple of years ago I gave my old computer(HP Pavillion p2 Series /with Windows 7 home) to my younger siblings, because I moved and got a new computer for school. I put a secure...
Backup and Restore
making copies of acer aspire 5745 Factory Recovery Disks.
Hello all , i am totally new here , i am having trouble finding information on the ability to make copies of the recovery disks . My question is , is it possible to make copies of the above mentioned "factory recovery disks" ? I have been using my acer aspire x64 bit laptop for two years now...
General Discussion
System Restore not Making restore points
Hi I'm having a problem with Win 7 Home Premium and would appreciate any help. My Lenovo Think Pad Edge E420s has system restore enabled how ever it only creates a restore point if I manually create it. When I launch System restore I get the screen I'm attaching below. All my updates are...
Backup and Restore
Creating a system image on DVDs vs. making factory OEM restore discs
Hello... A quick question for those who may know the answer. I've been pretty much designated "The Official Family I.T. Guy" I'm sure there are many of you who fit under this title LOL! My issue is trying to make factory OEM recovery discs for a brand new Samsung Laptop. I've been making...
Backup and Restore
How do I restore factory settings with no CD or backup?
Hi there, I need to restore my laptop to default settings with no CD or backup. I had a problem with my CD key beforehand when trying to activate my Windows 7 Home Premium, saying it was invalid - which by the way is preinstalled by Asus (the manufacturer). The CD key on the bottom of my laptop...
Backup and Restore

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 16:17.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App