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Windows 7: How to create a .iso image file of my pre installed windows 7?

30 Oct 2012   #1
sam9953

Windows 7 Home Basic 64 bit
 
 
How to create a .iso image file of my pre installed windows 7?

Okay, so I bought a laptop with an OEM serial key and I got windows home basic with it. My internet has limitations and I cannot afford to download a 3 GB .iso or image file of windows 7 home basic. Incase my system gets corrupt or anything happens I would like to have a backup of my whole OS, so is their any way to extract the whole OS from my computer to just one ".iso" file? which later I can convert into a bootable USB flash drive of disc. Plus if possible can I make the iso file which contains my OS and also all the drivers pre installed?


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30 Oct 2012   #2
derekimo

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How about creating an image for peace of mind,

Imaging with free Macrium

Saves a complete image of your system exactly as it was when created, countless people have saved their systems from certain disaster by imaging.

Imaging strategies
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30 Oct 2012   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

You should create an image reguardless of what else you`re trying to do. Post a shot of disk manangement so we can let you know your options. Do you own an external drive?
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30 Oct 2012   #4
x BlueRobot

 

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

You can also create a Image Backup through Windows too.
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31 Oct 2012   #5
sam9953

Windows 7 Home Basic 64 bit
 
 

Derekimo, thanks for suggesting that. I will try it. Will it also have the pre loaded drivers like my bluetooth or graphics driver. Because I don't have them.
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31 Oct 2012   #6
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sam9953 View Post
Derekimo, thanks for suggesting that. I will try it. Will it also have the pre loaded drivers like my bluetooth or graphics driver. Because I don't have them.
Yes it will, it is an exact copy of your system as it is when you create the image.

It is one of the most important and yet easiest way to rescue your system or data.

The peace of mind alone is worth the cost of an external hard drive.
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31 Oct 2012   #7
sam9953

Windows 7 Home Basic 64 bit
 
 

I do have an external drive. So I will save the .iso file on the hard disk? Will that be a good idea?
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31 Oct 2012   #8
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sam9953 View Post
I do have an external drive. So I will save the .iso file on the hard disk? Will that be a good idea?
They aren't .iso files they are .img files saved to your external drive and you use a bootable rescue disc that you create ahead of time, it's all in the tutorial.

Imaging with free Macrium

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31 Oct 2012   #9
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Your laptop should have come with a method of burning your own restore discs to keep in a safe place. That wouldn't save your data, though.

I would also recommend downloading the latest drivers for your laptop, or going somewhere with faster internet to download them. Imaging is great, and saves your data, but you'd be rolling back to older, outdated drivers.
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31 Oct 2012   #10
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sam9953 View Post
Derekimo, thanks for suggesting that. I will try it. Will it also have the pre loaded drivers like my bluetooth or graphics driver. Because I don't have them.
For clarification, a system image is not just the operating system. It is the entire drive or drives you copy. So, you will not have a bootable OS disk, but an entire image of your disk as it was the day you create the image; ie, all the software, files and folders you have installed or made since installing the OS. It will not be a *.iso, but an image file.

HTH
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