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Windows 7: Backup and Restore Confusion

08 Jul 2016   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Backup and Restore Confusion

On page 517, the Visual Quickstart Guide "Microsoft Windows 7" shows the usual Backup and Restore window at Control Panel > System and Security > Backup and Restore. It firmly states that "Backup and Restore can backup an entire hard drive (system image), OR specified files and folders periodically." On the next page it states the opposite with equal firmness (see the attachment). Presumably that is talking about a restore not involving a system image.

Here's me all this time confidently assuming that following the daily use of Backup and Restore, (not creating a system image every day) if a crash occurred I could restore the Windows system OS to my C drive and also, (although opinions vary here) the programs that I have installed. As a result I could get back to work quickly.

>> So what exactly does Backup and Restore (without a system image) restore to the computer? No system files or program files, etc. from what the the attachment says, probably just my personal files (Documents, Pictures, Music and Videos)? There are quicker programs that do that: eg., FreeFileSync. Backup and Restore (without a system image) seems to add little to the backing up of a computer.
It has been said that a system image will restore everything on the C drive, byte for byte, to return the drive to exactly how it was before the making of the Image: Windows OS, Programs, personal documents everything. But I have read that a system image created in Backup and Restore is not a complete image.

>> What is the best way to completely return a C drive, system-wise, to exactly what it was before? A System Image made in Macrium (free)? Does it really do that?

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09 Jul 2016   #2

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Steve mate frankly I think you are better of using this Imaging with free Macrium

I do my imaging on a weekly basis or ad hoc if I am going to make any real changes to the system onto an external drive.
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