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Windows 7: Back up and restore best path


04 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 
Back up and restore best path

Hey guys, the computer of my girl is really slow and has a lot of errors it seems. As such, I wanna restore the whole system(already saved what needed to be saved) but the problem is, I don't have her Windows 7 Home install DVD. Can I create a disk image and install from scratch or do I absolutely need her install DVD for that?

Also, in my case, what would be the best alternative. I've done a full antivirus scan with bitdefender and I also scanned with PC Health Advisor. Both have found many errors and tried to clean them but nothing worked. Since she hasn't got too many stuff on her comp, restoring is not such a bad idea. I already tried to restore from a backup but the errors are still present.

Thanks for your help.

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04 Feb 2012   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

You can download an ISO of the correct version of Windows from MyDigitalLife.info, burn it to a DVD, and use it for a clean install. Activate it with her existing Product Key.

Any image you make of an error-filled system will contain those errors.
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04 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

Quite right. Or you can look here. You can download Windows 7 from Softpedia, a large and well-known freeware, shareware, and trialware download site. Because Windows 7 is not free, and it's certainly not shareware, this qualifies as a "trial". Without a product key, you can use it for something like 30 days before Windows cripples itself.

As Ignatzatsonic has pointed out you can also download at "mydigitallife.info" that includes direct links to the various Windows 7 .iso files hosted at Digital River. Digital River is a well-known and trusted service provider for companies large and small selling software.

Make sure to select the correct edition - Home Premium, Pro, Ultimate or Enterprise - and processor type - 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit(labeled x64). Of course, Windows 7 is available from many other places, including assorted file sharing sites and peer-to-peer networks. Those are clearly not sanctioned and often include additional whammies in the form of various malware.

Regardless of where you get it from, please make absolutely certain that you're getting it from a trusted source. Right now, I think both Softpedia and mydigitallife.info are the best. Hopefully you have the original product key tucked away somewhere.
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04 Feb 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Just a little thought. PC Health Advisor and programs like it IMHO are not a good program to use. Windows 7 doesn't want or need such things. In many cases they do more harm than good. Such programs change things in Windows 7 and nobody knows what so it is almost impossible to repair with out a new install.
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05 Feb 2012   #5

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Just a little thought. PC Health Advisor and programs like it IMHO are not a good program to use. Windows 7 doesn't want or need such things. In many cases they do more harm than good. Such programs change things in Windows 7 and nobody knows what so it is almost impossible to repair with out a new install.
Really? It did wonders for my Pc though. After a scan with that thing the performances of my PC improved drastically. Now I can't connect to my internet...
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