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06 Aug 2016   #1
tsp2224

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Basic windows 7 system backup questions

Hello,

I am new to the forum, and looking for some guidance. I want to back up what is on my laptop to an external hard drive, and what I am wondering is am I able to backup programs? i.e.: Adobe Acrobat 8 Standard, etc. as I do not have the install discs for some programs.


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06 Aug 2016   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Your best bet is to make an image of the operating system.

There are free programs that will do it.

Aomei is very good ( standard version is free).

AOMEI Backupper: Data Backup and Restore Software for PC, Laptop and Server
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06 Aug 2016   #3
tsp2224

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

Will this backup programs as well? That is my main concern as I don't have the original discs for a lot of the programs. And is the free version adequate?
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06 Aug 2016   #4
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

AOMEI Backupper, Macrium Reflect, just to name two of many, free and pay-for -- all can do full images of your OS partition and your data partition, everything is backed up, nothing is left behind. If you backup a whole HD, you restore a whole HD if you ever need to. If you backup a partition, you restore that partition if you ever need to. Once you pick and do the learning curve, you are good to go And, store your full images on your trusted and affordable external media of your choice.
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06 Aug 2016   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

No, you can not backup programs, but you can backup the program information (data etc) and the program installer.

As long as you have the key, if the program needs one, you can simply google the program, it`s out there.
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06 Aug 2016   #6
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tsp2224 View Post
as I do not have the install discs for some programs.
That's a serious problem you need to resolve ASAP.
The main function of a backup is to be able to fully rebuild the system in case of a disaster, and that will include reinstalling every piece of software you can possibly use. Having a backup copy of all the installers is the way to go to ensure you'll always be able to restore your computer.
Personal data is the other fundamental thing you need to backup. It's even more important, as it's often impossible to get it again from another source (say, family photos, your work documents, anything important). Those two things are the bare minimum you need, everything else is an extra.

Having the installers is important because that's how you can be sure you can reinstall everything. At some point in the future, when you need to reformat, it might be still be available for download, but nobody can warrant that, or maybe there is a newer version that you don't like, or just has disapeared. A local copy eliminates all those problems. So set off to find a copy of all installers you consider important.

A full disk image is a quick and easy solution, but far from ideal in all cases. It's nice while building a good backup set, and is useful when you want to revert a very concrete problem provided you know the exact cause. When you have more severe problems at the root of the OS, soon or latter, you'll want to do a full reformat (for example, in case of virus strike or a major OS update), and in those cases, you need to reinstall everything too.
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06 Aug 2016   #7
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tsp2224 View Post
Will this backup programs as well? That is my main concern as I don't have the original discs for a lot of the programs. And is the free version adequate?
If you use Macrium Reflect (free version) it will image your whole partition, everything. When you need to restore it will take about 15 minutes. This will restore all of your OS, Programs and Data. It will restore all of what is on your HD.
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07 Aug 2016   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

YES, it makes an image of your entire partition.That includes the operating system, programs, eveything. Very simple and quick.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tsp2224 View Post
Hello,

I am new to the forum, and looking for some guidance. I want to back up what is on my laptop to an external hard drive, and what I am wondering is am I able to backup programs? i.e.: Adobe Acrobat 8 Standard, etc. as I do not have the install discs for some programs.
AOMEI Backupper: Data Backup and Restore Software for PC, Laptop and Server
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07 Aug 2016   #9
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
No, you can not backup programs, but you can backup the program information (data etc) and the program installer. As long as you have the key, if the program needs one, you can simply google the program, it`s out there.
AddRAM, you are a very wise tech person! I must be missing something that you caught from the thread starting post. Even though I know about backups/restores, I would to learn a little bit more of what you know.
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