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Windows 7: Backing up complete system in XP

16 Nov 2011   #11
Hipster Doofus

Windows 7 Pro x64 -- PCLinuxOS KDE4 FullMonty 2011

I've only started playing with it today & already given up. Off the cd it was OK but every time I use wubi to install it I get stuck at the reboot screen & it wants me to chkdsk /r all the time. Even tried on a second drive, same result. I'll give it another go in a few years. :)

Wubi is something you could try. Installs along side windows as software but it's an OS. Removed through the control panel when you've had enough or want to put it on it's own partition.

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16 Nov 2011   #12

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Just another positive comment for Macrium. It's always worked for me. Macrium uses CNET as their official download site.

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My suggestion (FWIW) is to install Macrium on your wife's XP machine. Follow the instructions to create the Linux recovery CD. (You'll be given a choice for the Linux CD or a WindowsPE CD. I'd stick with the Linux as being friendlier.) You'll need one blank CD to make the recovery media.

Once the CD is created, you'll need to test it. Make sure the computer is set to boot from the CD/DVD drive as first option (you may have to enter the BIOS to make the change, or depending on who made the computer you may have a "one time" option to press F2 or some other key at boot to enter startup.)

Once you're satisfied the recovery CD work, you can make a system image of the entire hard drive. As previously stated, when you eventually return the computer to your wife you can restore it to the exact condition it was in when you made the system image. You might want to look through the Macrium tutorial to get an idea of what's involved (particularly the How To section.) And you may want to look at the tutorial made by one of the Forum members. I believe his tutorial was made for version 4.2 but it should still be good for the latest Macrium version 5.

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