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Windows 7: How to make a backup of Windows 7 OS


27 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
How to make a backup of Windows 7 OS

I just picked up a new laptop with windows 7 on it. It didn't come with any discs and I'd like to make a backup a copy of the OS for re-store discs. Is it possible?


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27 Nov 2009   #2

7600.20510 x86
 
 

No.
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27 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

So what do I do if I need to format my hard drive?
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27 Nov 2009   #4

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Obtain a DVD of Windows 7 through authorized purchase. If it was legally included on your machine at purchase, contact the vendor for a DVD.
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27 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7
 
 

I already purchased a valid copy when I bought the laptop with Windows 7 pre-installed.
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27 Nov 2009   #6

7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Go to Start Menu and type backup and click Backup & Restore - can make a whole system image there
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27 Nov 2009   #7

7600.20510 x86
 
 

He means for a new clean install - "backup a copy of the OS"

But ya, that's a fine idea too.

Personally, I'd want the clean install DVD.
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27 Nov 2009   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello BIG4570, and welcome to Seven Forums.

What brand is your laptop? Most of them have the option to create a set of OEM Windows 7 Recovery Discs from to use them, or your recovery partition, to do a factory restore of Windows 7 with.

You can also use the System Image Backup feature in Windows 7 to make a clone of your current installation with that can be used to restore it back as it was.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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27 Nov 2009   #9

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks all, its a Gateway NV Series. With Winows 7 Premium 64bit. Just a question about creating a system image. If someday I pick up some kind of funky virus, will it format the drive first then restore the image of my system at the time the image was created?
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27 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7 x64 (RTM via MSDN)
 
 

BIG4570,

You should be able to contact Gateway and get a set of system discs. OEMs are required to provide the install media by their contract with MS. As Brink noted above, your system may have a tool to create media. I would contact Gateway and just tell them that you want install media. They may charge a shipping fee to send to you.

PhreePhly
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