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Windows 7: Recovery disc


08 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Recovery disc

Hi there,

I have purchased VAIO some 3 years ago with Vista 32 bit pre installed. Sometime ago I have installed Win 7 64 bit in my VAIO but because it has originally 32 bit OS on the laptop, vaio support site for my Model couldn't offer 64 bit drivers so I had to do lot of hard work and found all from various places.

Now my problem is as I do not want to search all the 64 bit drivers again if in case of system failure, I was looking to create kind of recovery disc so that I can install/recover complete system in one installation with every single thing working as of now. Can someone please guide me which is the best way doing this? It would be good creating recovery disc as it comes with new laptops.

Regards


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09 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I suppose this would be the solution you're looking for

Image your system with free Macrium

About the recovery disk, its not mention in the tutorial. but you can easily made a one with macrium and I have myself tested couple of times and lot of people here will confirm how reliable it is. we're here to help you. above tutorial is for a solution to your quest on recovering the system as it is now if it got messed up.

and also, welcome to the sevenforums....
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09 Mar 2012   #3

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by suspect008 View Post
I suppose this would be the solution you're looking for

Image your system with free Macrium

About the recovery disk, its not mention in the tutorial. but you can easily made a one with macrium and I have myself tested couple of times and lot of people here will confirm how reliable it is. we're here to help you. above tutorial is for a solution to your quest on recovering the system as it is now if it got messed up.

and also, welcome to the sevenforums....
I would vote for Macrium also. It has never let me down. If you do go for the free version it is desirable to create the WinPE recovery disk rather than the Linux one as it is much better. Unfortunately it involves a 1.7GB download of the WAIK but it is worth it.
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09 Mar 2012   #4
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Imaging will address your question and Macrium Reflect (free or paid) is a good option. You may want to consider a second imaging software utility in case one lets you down. I also use Windows inbuilt imaging as well. You should also keep a number of images as base images and a couple you update say fortnightly.

As you clearly have bought a Windows 7 OS you may at some stage want to do a clean install so I wouldn't lose the drivers you searched out. Windows 7 itself will often provide appropriate drivers.
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11 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

As advised by all above, taking an image and then restoring when needed would be the easiest way. There is no doubt about this.

If you still want to replicate the OEM way, have a look at this Windows 7 OEM Recovery Partition tools creator - Free

Well, you may have to start from scratch all over again to do that but it does not hurt to know there is a way to do it.

Maybe one day you may become a systembuilder and you may do this to get your customers awestruck. God knows, you may become a Royalty OEM too.
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21 Mar 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Sorry for late response as I got tied up with some other work.

Thank you all for your nice guidance. I will try macrium and will ask you if I need any further help using it.

Cheers
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