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Windows 7: Make recovery disk windows7 upgrade from Vista


28 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Make recovery disk windows7 upgrade from Vista

I have a question about this.

Right now I will upgrade my Vista laptop to Windows 7 . I already did it before with the RC and worked great.

Anyways there are certain functions on my laptop I use . So that's why I didnt do a clean install. But if there is any problem and I need to reinstall windows. I will have to install Vista first . Till SP1 is the best I believe and then again Windows 7 .
A big hassle if you ask me?

Is there a way to make a bootable DVD or something of my laptop once I upgraded to windows 7 and I take kind of a snapshot of that moment.
or something else'

Like when i got my laptop I had to make 2 DVD's so I could reinstall windows. Was hoping I could do the same with Windows7 somehow.

Another thing is. I have an English Windows Vista on a machine but will get a Dutch windows 7 upgrade. I don't think I can upgrade from a English to Dutch right? Although the upgrade is Ultimate?

I also can install an English version of Ultimate and use the key from the Dutch ultimate? or is the key from the box really only for the DVD that's in the box ?

thank you for your answers.

Eezdva

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28 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eezdva View Post
I have a question about this.

Right now I will upgrade my Vista laptop to Windows 7 . I already did it before with the RC and worked great.

Anyways there are certain functions on my laptop I use . So that's why I didnt do a clean install. But if there is any problem and I need to reinstall windows. I will have to install Vista first . Till SP1 is the best I believe and then again Windows 7 .
A big hassle if you ask me?

Is there a way to make a bootable DVD or something of my laptop once I upgraded to windows 7 and I take kind of a snapshot of that moment.
or something else'

Like when i got my laptop I had to make 2 DVD's so I could reinstall windows. Was hoping I could do the same with Windows7 somehow.

Another thing is. I have an English Windows Vista on a machine but will get a Dutch windows 7 upgrade. I don't think I can upgrade from a English to Dutch right? Although the upgrade is Ultimate?

I also can install an English version of Ultimate and use the key from the Dutch ultimate? or is the key from the box really only for the DVD that's in the box ?

thank you for your answers.

Eezdva
You choose your language upon installation,i did anyway.
And microsoft have language updates also.

I think as long as the key is for "ultimate" it will work.
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29 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Yeah I had to choose the language for Vista when I installed my laptop for the first time. It's English:-)

So as I get a dutch Ultimate I would like to use that one. But if I then can't upgrade that Ultimate is rather useless :-) I get it as a present so didn't want to complain . So I hope someone will respond who did add the key from an RTM box ( in my case Dutch) on an Ultimate windows 7 in another language ( in my case English) and if it worked.

Do you have to choose the language when you install windows 7 ? I don't remember.

The problem is once you installed Ultimate you can download the language pack But then all damage would have been done already.
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29 Oct 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Windows 7 has a great built-in Backup Imaging utility.

After you get your 7 up and running, type Backup into the start box, then in the Backup and Recovery Center click Create an Image, and save externally.

It will reimage your entire HDD flawlessly in 15 minutes.

There is no need to ever reinstall windows again.
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29 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) / OS X Snow Leopard
 
 

Quote:
Is there a way to make a bootable DVD or something of my laptop once I upgraded to windows 7 and I take kind of a snapshot of that moment. or something else'
You could take an image of your drive using a disk imaging program such as Macrium Reflect (free) or Paragon (paid). Some imaging programs allow saving the image to DVDs, some will only save to another hard drive. In any event, the image can be restored,
so you don't have to go through the process of reinstalling.

As Greg mentioned, the built-in imaging in windows will work too. I haven't used it so I don't know if the image is available if windows goes to never-never land. I would be annoyed if I needed to re-install before I could use the image.

I usually keep a set of images of my disk, the first one right after the install with minimal programs added.
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29 Oct 2009   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

[quote=ahriman;339747]
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As Greg mentioned, the built-in imaging in windows will work too. I haven't used it so I don't know if the image is available if windows goes to never-never land. I would be annoyed if I needed to re-install before I could use the image.

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Yes, the news is good on 7 Imaging backup. It reimages using Windows 7 installer>Repair My Computer>Recover Using Image Backup. It also offers to make a System Repair Disk when you first make the image, which will provide the same Recovery console tools.

On each of my computers, I make a Primary partition named Backup Image where I have the Imaging program save the image, then I copy it to an external drive in case of HDD failure.

I have used it several times already to reimage a HDD flawlessly in 15 minutes, even a new drive I want to switch into a machine.

The only thing missing is more compression to make the file a lot smaller. I have only found this on Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2009 which I borrowed from a friend, but prefer having this built into Windows backing up my image on a set schedule while computer is idle.
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29 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) / OS X Snow Leopard
 
 

[quote=gregrocker;339768]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ahriman View Post
Quote:

As Greg mentioned, the built-in imaging in windows will work too. I haven't used it so I don't know if the image is available if windows goes to never-never land. I would be annoyed if I needed to re-install before I could use the image.

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Yes, the news is good on 7 Imaging backup. It reimages using the Windows 7 installer>Repair My Computer>Recover using Image Backup. It also offers to make a System Repair Disk when you first make the image, which will provide the same Recovery console tools.

On each of my computers, I make a Primary partition named Backup Image where I have the Backup Imaging program save the image, then I copy it to an external drive in case of HDD failure.

I have used it several times already to reimage a HDD flawlessly in 15 minutes, even a brand new drive I want to switch into a machine.

The only thing missing is more compression to make the file a lot smaller. I have only found this on Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2009 which I borrowed from a friend, but like having this built into Windows better, backing up my image on a set schedule while computer is idle.
Great! Thanks for clarifying this issue, it makes backing up soooo much easier.
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29 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Hum kind of stupid I never did that anyways then :-)

I saw tutorials on how to make a backup of your whole system. But didn't realize that I can just go back to that moment with a DVD. That is just awesome. Wow.

I guess there must be something about it on this forum.

So anyone else about the key thing?
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29 Oct 2009   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eezdva View Post
Hum kind of stupid I never did that anyways then :-)

I saw tutorials on how to make a backup of your whole system. But didn't realize that I can just go back to that moment with a DVD. That is just awesome. Wow.

I guess there must be something about it on this forum.

So anyone else about the key thing?
Keys have always been version-specific, so I don't know why you couldn't use a different language key on the same version. You can always call the MS store to ask: 1-877-696-7786

This is the first time Backup Imaging is breaking out to the masses, with Windows 7.

You may not want to use DVD to back up as it will take too many. THis calls for an external drive, or a partition on your HDD until you can get an external HDD.

What's beautiful about it with an external HDD is you can leave it plugged in and backing up your files (of choice) and/or the image on a schedule or in the background while idle.
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29 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7
 
 

So I can't make a DVD with just the fresh installation of the Windows 7 upgrade?
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