Quote: Originally Posted by bigseb
Currently my PC is set just they way I like so I thought I'd do a backup, the idea being that should something go wrong then I can just use that backup (on DVD's) to do restore my PC to the 'now' settings. A few questions though:
1) Does this restore everything, incl my installed programs and files like pictures, music, etc
2) How is licensed software affected by this? Do the licenses become invalid then?
3) Are the windows setting affected eg. wallpaper, sounds, etc
4) Is the windows backup tool up to this task. If not, why?
1: yes, if those programs and files are on the partition that was imaged.
2: licensed software should be unaffected
3: windows settings should be unaffected
4: yes, but it is not particularly flexible or easily understood. That's why many use other tools such as Macrium. None of the programs are perfect and can fail for an unknown reason at any time.
You can backup your personal files (pictures, videos, etc) without using an image and that's probably a preferable method for those files.