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Windows 7: How roll back windows without reinstalling it.

15 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Basic 64bit
 
 
How roll back windows without reinstalling it.

I am tired of reinstalling Windows every time due to viruses and slow down on PC.

I read some where that there are softwares called 'disc imaging software' or something that can restore windows back to the way it was when it was installed (Freshly installed windows) .

Please suggest me a good software for this.

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16 Jan 2013   #2

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Windows 7 has it's own built-in imaging tool.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Some folks find this tool to be very limited in what it can do so they use other free imaging programs like:

Macrium

Paragon

EaseUS Todo

And still others use the paid versions because of even greater versatility.

One scenario is to do a clean install of Windows 7, install an anti-virus suite of choice, and then install all Windows Updates. Once that's been done, make a system image and save it to an external hard drive. Install any other programs, applications, etc that you use and make a second system image. Then, set up a schedule that suits your needs for additional backups of only new user data and a schedule for additional system images.

I think most people recommend saving backups and images to an external hard drive just because they are more reliable than disks, they have a greater storage capacity, and in the long run it's cheaper to buy a 1TB external hard drive that an equal number of DVDs ( about 225 DVDs that are able store about 4.5GB per disk.) Also, if one disk fails to burn properly the entire set of backup or image disks becomes useless.
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16 Jan 2013   #3

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16 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Basic 64bit
 
 

I see. Can you recommend me a linux distro that does the same as the above software (Macrium, Paragon) ? It should have both backup and restore features.
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16 Jan 2013   #5

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All of the different variations of Linux such as Ubuntu, Knoppix, Mint, etc are operating systems just like XP, Vista, 7 and 8 are variations of Windows operating systems. I might be completely wrong on this but I don't believe any of the Linux distros incorporate a backup or imaging capability because of the many free software programs like Clonezilla, Macrium, Paragon, etc that are available. If I misunderstood your question my sincerest apology.
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16 Jan 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Basic 64bit
 
 
Linux distro like Clonezilla and Ping

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
All of the different variations of Linux such as Ubuntu, Knoppix, Mint, etc are operating systems just like XP, Vista, 7 and 8 are variations of Windows operating systems. I might be completely wrong on this but I don't believe any of the Linux distros incorporate a backup or imaging capability because of the many free software programs like Clonezilla, Macrium, Paragon, etc that are available. If I misunderstood your question my sincerest apology.
I meant I want a recommendation of a cold backup linux distro like clonezilla, PING etc
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17 Jan 2013   #7

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

A quick google:

Partimage

However, for imaging Windows OS I would recommend the suggestions made earlier.
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19 Jan 2013   #8

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Unless they updated it, and the last time I checked, they said they were NOT going to update it, PartImage (which PING uses) does not work with Ext4 filesystems -- which is the default filesystem that several Linux distros have used for years. Better solution in the Linux world (and the one I use) is Clonezilla. If you go to their website and do some reading, there is a way to install Clonezilla to your hard drive so you can boot from that, instead of having to burn a CD, or write a USB, and boot from that.
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