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Windows 7: Creating a system image from command line onto USB

12 Nov 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Creating a system image from command line onto USB

To save a lot of time im just posting what I am trying to do and what I have available to me.

I want to replace my hard drive, but I do not have a windows 7 CD (laptop did not come with one), and the manufacturer will not send me one (gave up after 3 hours of on hold).
Right now all I have a a command prompt and I can't boot into windows besides through the recovery mode.

I need to move the OS files off my failing hard drive, and onto a USB so that I can put them onto the new hard drive after I install it. I do not care about anything besides recovering the operating system as I already have all my data backed up externally.

From what I understand just copying all the files from the failing drive, and putting them on a new one would not work because of windows anti-piracy measures. In order to do what I am trying, I would need to make a system image of the current drive, and then load that onto the new drive.

My question is how would I do such a thing using only the command line? I have only created system images through the GUI in the past.

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13 Nov 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iosdu2w09d9u32j View Post
I want to replace my hard drive, but I do not have a windows 7 CD (laptop did not come with one), and the manufacturer will not send me one (gave up after 3 hours of on hold).
Download the appropriate version of a Windows 7 ISO from here, then install and activate with your existing Windows Product Key.
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