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Windows 7: How to create a full system backup for Windows 7?

23 Apr 2012   #11
olliebalollie

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
As far as cleaning the computer goes, I HIGHLY recommend a good case with dust filters. My Antec P182 is nearly 3 years old and looks practically brand new on the inside. I've never cleaned it once...except for cleaning the dust shields in the front.

I'll never own another case without a dust shield again.

I might think about getting a new case with dust filters. I don't remember what my case was called besides its coolmaster with 2 big fans on top and hdd fan and small at the back.

My case only has dust filters at the bottom of the case (i don't know why its at the bottom).


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23 Apr 2012   #12
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Many cases pull the cool air in from the bottom and exhaust the hot air out the upper back and top.
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23 Apr 2012   #13
olliebalollie

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

"Everything I do in the VM, only affects that VM. So, whenever I download something new and want to take a look at how it works, etc..I install to my VM. If I blow up my VM, no big deal, I just restore my snapshot and I'm right back at where I was.

At the end of the day, very, very little actually gets installed on my actual Windows 7 OS."


That's mad.... I love to use that software. I love playing around with new software too see how it works, but lot of times i always make some mistakes and i usually have to format my hdd because my windows is not working properly.

Is the only place to buy VM from their website?
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23 Apr 2012   #14
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

I use virtualbox it's free. Very good software.
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23 Apr 2012   #15
olliebalollie

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

"I use virtualbox it's free. Very good software."



Is that reliable?

Have you experience any programs on your virtualbox effecting your main windows?

Thank you.
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23 Apr 2012   #16
olliebalollie

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Is this what people are talking about when using Windows back up tool?

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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23 Apr 2012   #17
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

No it's completely isolated from windows. Even if you ran an operating system within a virtual machine and it had a virus it won't affect anything outside of it.
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23 Apr 2012   #18
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Yes that link is for the windows imaging utility.
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23 Apr 2012   #19
olliebalollie

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

So basically if i backup windows on a blu-ray disc and format my hdd and install windows using the blu-ray disc, my windows will have everything like activation, drivers and settings?

Thank you everyone for your help

I'm going to try to make a backup right away when i get home.
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23 Apr 2012   #20
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Is your backup drive the same type as your main windows drive? Not all imaging utilities can restore to different hardware. Be careful when backing up to optical discs too. If anything happens to the disk like scratches it may not restore. It's preferable to backup to another hard drive.
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