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Windows 7: system image without user files

04 Jun 2015   #1

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
system image without user files

i'm cleaning up a pc f'or my parents - there's 200gigs of files in the user space that are backed up, but its never had a system image - everything is on one partition. what is the easiest way to make a system image without the user files - do i have to make a separate partition for the user files and if so what needs to stay in the user space on the original partition - appdata?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jun 2015   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

It should be possible but requires some setting up. You need to see which folders the user files take space.

Download WizTree portable (
and post screenshots of C and C:/Users/<youraccountname> - lets see what kind of files you have

Idea is to exclude certain files/folders from the backup.

Macrium free (which is the most popular here) doesn't have this feature as far as I know
You can use Paragon Backup and Recovery 14 free instead

I guess best approach would be just adding another drive and moving the user files(or profile) there:
- User Folders - Change Default Location or
- User Profile - Change Default Location
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jun 2015   #3

windows 7 home premium 64 bit

great - thanks for the info - i'll take a look at Paragon first
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