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Windows 7: System Image and Ghost?

17 May 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate.
System Image and Ghost?

Hello, All!

What's the difference between a System Image in Windows 7 and a usual Ghost?

Are these two same things?

When our Windows gets corrupt, then we just run Ghost in Command Prompt and it installs a new Windows in just 5 to 10 minutes and also deletes older OS and Windows then runs normally without having its installation disc and repairing. So the System Image (built-in program) created by Windows 7 Ultimate also does same work or different?

I hope for the answer.


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18 May 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Basically, yes. Both will overwrite the current OS and all files with the backed up image. Windows 7 uses the built in Shadow Copy. You can do a restore from within windows.

Control Panel> All Control Panel Items> Recovery

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Choose Advanced recovery options

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If system won't boot, you can boot to safe mode and select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options.

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If you can't get into safe mode, you can boot from a a Windows 7 system repair disc (not to be confused with a recovery disk) which can be created from within Windows 7 (while your system is still working obviously) or you can download a ISO image from here:

Download Windows 7 System Recovery Discs — The NeoSmart Files

And choose the System Image Recovery.

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I personally have Acronis True Image, AND Windows images. Better safe than sorry. Obviously it's better to have your images on a 2nd hard drive. I haven't had to restore from either (yet, knock wood). A Guy

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18 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate.

Thanks A Guy! for your detailed tutorial. I really have understand.
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