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Windows 7: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

22 Nov 2008   #569
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

How to Create a System Image Backup in Windows 7

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05 Aug 2013   #570
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RonAshman View Post
Thank you for replying.

So it will not delete any information nor change other files.
Will do my backup then.
No worries. It'll only delete older system images saved there if it needs the space for the new one.

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14 Oct 2013   #571
hazel123

Windows 7 64 bit and Windows 7 Starter 32 bit
 
 

Ok. I've just finished installing Windows 7 on a Vista laptop. It now has a clean install, all the drivers in place and antivirus software. So I want to make a system image.

Just a couple of questions I haven't seen mentioned: sorry if I'm being stupid!

1) I have antivirus software installed. Should I remove this before making the system image? (I can't quite work out - if you messed up your system and reinstalled from system image - what would happen if you reinstalled an old antivirus program that was out of date eg.)

2) Should I install Adobe reader and Flash before doing the system image. Or

3) Should I just make the image barebones - ie with fully updated Windows 7 and drivers in place?
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14 Oct 2013   #572
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

If this is an image to get you back to a new install then I would do a fully updated Windows with a base install of applications you know you are going to keep. I'm not sure about the AV. I would think it would update itself fairly rapidly.
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14 Oct 2013   #573
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I leave my AV in place when I do a system image. (I create a new image once a week and keep four weeks worth of images on my external hard drive. So the AV is never outdated by more than a month.) Whenever I've used one of those system images the AV automatically prompts that it's outdated and asks if I'd like to update. As soon as I click "yes" it does the update in just a couple of minutes (the 4 week old image may take a minute or two longer to update.)

If you use a system image that doesn't have any AV installed, you're eventually going to have to go online to download your AV of choice. That puts your computer at risk. I think even 4 week old protection is better than nothing at all.
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14 Oct 2013   #574
hazel123

Windows 7 64 bit and Windows 7 Starter 32 bit
 
 

Ok, thanks for that info!
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14 Oct 2013   #575
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I have NIS and Malwarebytes free. I leave them in place and when I do a system restore it's simply a case of running the database update.
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14 Oct 2013   #576
Maco88

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

should not make a difference leaving the Anti-virus or any other program. All it should do is next time it runs an update check [all things being equal] should update with the latest definitions and engines.
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22 Oct 2013   #577
hazel123

Windows 7 64 bit and Windows 7 Starter 32 bit
 
 

Thanks. Well my attempts at making a system image didn't work. First I tried to do it on discs - but sftaer wasting 5 discs, I called it a day - it seemed to just be starting again on each disc installed (ie repeating the first 4gb each time).

So then I thought I'd do it on a 32gb usb stick. And it told me I couldn't use that. So does that mean the only way to make a system image is on a portable hard drive?
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22 Oct 2013   #578
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

See this Microsoft article. It says you cannot use a flash drive to save a system image. I think Microsoft is saying you can't use the native Windows 7 imaging tool and save to a flash drive. You could probably use a 3rd party software like Macrium, Paragon, EaseUs Todo, etc and have them work on a flash drive.

Where should I save my backup?
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22 Oct 2013   #579
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Macrium can definitely image to a flash drive if it is big enough.
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