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Windows 7: Computer Backup

27 May 2013   #1

Windows 7 Pro
Computer Backup

I have just installed Windows 7 Ultimate on a new computer.

When I go to try to back up what I have done so far (to an external drive, don't think this matters) I get the message:

"Windows Backup has not been setup. Windows could not find a backup for this computer."
How do I fix this problem?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

27 May 2013   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

When you click on setup backup do you see a dialog where there is a list of choices such as your optical drive or your seconday hard drive?
I would install paragon backup and recovery free 2013 as an alternative. I have used it many times on various systems and have never run into an issue.
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27 May 2013   #3

Windows 7 Pro


Thanks for the response. Clicking on Setup Backup gave the options that I wanted.

I will give Paragon backup a try.

Thanks much
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27 May 2013   #4

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Another good program is the free version of Macrium Reflect. One of our members, whs, has written an excellent tutorial on how to use it and many of our members, besides whs, are familiar with it and are available to help anyone needing help with it.
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27 May 2013   #5

Windows 7 Pro

I have a question about Paragon Backup and Recovery.

Is there a bootable version?

I download two of them and neither is bootable.
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27 May 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

You have to install it in windows - then open tools- recovery media builder - and then you are able to create a bootable USB drive or CD (linux) with a functional recovery/backup program. Good question!
I always do my image backups from the USB drive but have tested running the program from windows and it works fine using the Windows Shadow Copy service (for creating images). There is no real issue with windows backup, but I found it a bit cumbersome to restore individual files. With Paragon the you can easiy restore individual files or folders, and the builtin wizards make the various tasks very easy.
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28 May 2013   #7

Windows 7 Pro

Bear with me this will be a long post.
I went to the control panel and selected "Backup and Restore" and this is what I see:

Computer Backup-backup2.jpg

There are two ways to create and image that create two completely different looking backups. I am not sure which is the best but I liked the "Create a system image" best.

"Create a system image" showes this:

Name:  backup3.jpg
Views: 5
Size:  62.4 KB

The next set showed this:

Name:  backup4.jpg
Views: 2
Size:  51.0 KB

Note that it only allows the selection of a partition on a hard drive but NOT a folder.

At the next step I got this:

Name:  backup5.jpg
Views: 3
Size:  52.6 KB

Note that this is not the same partition I had selected before.

At the next step I got this:

Name:  backup6.jpg
Views: 2
Size:  33.7 KB

Note that it did want to put the image on the original location I had selected.

It does take some time to create the image, but here are the files and folders created.

Name:  backup7.jpg
Views: 2
Size:  9.4 KB

I assume that with the rescue disk I have crated, I can restore my image if Windows will NOT boot.

The only concern I have is if i made a new backup (same location) it will replace the original image.

Any comments would be appreciated.

BTW I have considered using Acronis True Image. I used this several years ago and it was very reliable.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 May 2013   #8

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

All quite normal. It won't replace the backups in case you make a new backup. It looks like it saves only the newest version..... but you can select older ones as well during recovery! It is the same like "system restore points". Older information is somewhere stored on disk.

You can restore using "Windows 7 system repair disc" or installtion dvd. Some restrictions
  • if you restore to a disk, it should have EXACTLY same partition layout. so don't make new partitions, resize/ move/delete.
If it sees the disk layout is different.... it will make it exactly as it was. Sort of a clean disk prior to restore will take place. As a result you can't restore to smaller disks
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30 May 2013   #9

Windows 7 Pro

I created a backup on an external hard drive. I know depending on how I do it, there are two different results. Is one better than the other or will either work to restore?

Maybe I am as sharp as I should be, but if I use the Repair Disc to restore an image from the external hard drive, do I have to select anything from the backup files to get the restore done? All the files are created in one folder.
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30 May 2013   #10

Windows 7 Pro

BTW I have used Macrium Reflect before. I don't know if they have fixed the newest version that I have used, but version 5.x never worked for me.

Previous to 5.x, I used v4.x and it worked fine although it was much more limited than the 5.x version.
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