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Windows 7: Re-installing activated system from image backup

06 Nov 2009   #1
jnetty99

Windows 7
 
 
Re-installing activated system from image backup

Can a Windows 7 Install that is already activated be reinstalled from a OS Image backup?

I often reinstall the OS after a couple of months. So I want to Install Windows 7, activate it and then make an OS image backup with Acronis True Image.

If later on I reinstall back with the image, will Windows 7 still be activated?



Same machine, same parts.



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06 Nov 2009   #2
Nibiru2008

Windows 7 Professional X64 Build 7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)
 
 

Yes, you should have no problems at all, other than any updates which will be done automatically. I used to do this with XP Pro and Vista.
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06 Nov 2009   #3
jnetty99

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the input, i will try it out.
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06 Nov 2009   #4
OpSysWiz

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yup, do it all the time. Everytime I swallow a virus from a warez site Acronis is a great product.
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06 Nov 2009   #5
Nosmo

Win 7 32 bit , Win xp Sp3
 
 

Win 7 has a hidden partition, that has no partition letter and holds boot files among other things.
Be prepared to experiment a little to see how your back up software handles re imaging.
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06 Nov 2009   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I use Paragon DB10. It works perfectly. It allows backups of the 100mb partition without any problem.

I imagine your imaging app. will too.

You shouldn't need to reactivate after restoring an Image to the same hardware.

If you are restoring the image to completely different hardware - Paragon Adaptive retore will do that - but you would need to reactivate the Windows key, then.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jnetty99 View Post
Can a Windows 7 Install that is already activated be reinstalled from a OS Image backup?

I often reinstall the OS after a couple of months. So I want to Install Windows 7, activate it and then make an OS image backup with Acronis True Image.

If later on I reinstall back with the image, will Windows 7 still be activated?



Same machine, same parts.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Nov 2009   #7
gregrocker

 

Windows 7 backup imaging is working flawlessly here. I create a primary formatted partition where I save the backup image, then copy it to an external drive in case of HDD failure. It reimages all or any partitions in 15 minutes, even to a replacement HDD, or another computer's HDD.

I cannot see any difference with the 3rd party apps except that Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2009 has more compression, but not enough to make it better than the built in Win7 app that backs up my selected files AND image incrementally on a schedule when my machine is idle.
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07 Nov 2009   #8
OpSysWiz

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nosmo View Post
Win 7 has a hidden partition, that has no partition letter and holds boot files among other things.
Be prepared to experiment a little to see how your back up software handles re imaging.
Answering your post from a clone of my C: by Acronis. Done it several times flawlessly.
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07 Nov 2009   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Greg,

I am glad it suits you.

Each to their own. I vastly prefer the Paragon - more options more compression - much more flexible scheduling options, Differential imaging ( safer than incremental) more reliability, and other functions, too.

You may not use any of that.

If I need to make an image in a hurry - I will use Macrium - about twice the speed of Windows one and good compression too.




Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Windows 7 backup imaging is working flawlessly here. I create a primary formatted partition where I save the backup image, then copy it to an external drive in case of HDD failure. It reimages all or any partitions in 15 minutes, even to a replacement HDD, or another computer's HDD.

I cannot see any difference with the 3rd party apps except that Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2009 has more compression, but not enough to make it better than the built in Win7 app that backs up my selected files AND image incrementally on a schedule when my machine is idle.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Nov 2009   #10
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jnetty99 View Post
Can a Windows 7 Install that is already activated be reinstalled from a OS Image backup?

I often reinstall the OS after a couple of months. So I want to Install Windows 7, activate it and then make an OS image backup with Acronis True Image.

If later on I reinstall back with the image, will Windows 7 still be activated?



Same machine, same parts.
Yes it will work, I've done it several times.
I've used Seagates DiscWizard, a version of Acronis.
No activation needed, no problems.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Hi Greg,

I am glad it suits you.

Each to their own. I vastly prefer the Paragon - more options more compression - much more flexible scheduling options, Differential imaging ( safer than incremental) more reliability, and other functions, too.

You may not use any of that.

If I need to make an image in a hurry - I will use Macrium - about twice the speed of Windows one and good compression too.
I use Paragon Disk Backup, Macrium reflect, and DiscWizard.

They are all good and have never had a problem with backup or restore from any of them.

Agree Paragon DB has more features than the others.
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