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Windows 7: Create ISO File From Installed Win 7

08 Dec 2019   #1
br4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Create ISO File From Installed Win 7

My goal is to create an ISO file from my recent installation of Windows 7 with most updates and my selected preferences, so that I can use this file to reload Windows if necessary.

I've tried both Macrium Reflect Free (v 7.2.4557.0) and AOMEI Backupper Standard (v 5.3.0.0), but I cannot create the ISO file that I think should be created. One creates a backup file of 13.1GB, the other 13.9GB. The ISO files created are 235MB and 239MB. My C partition is using 85.2GB.

Given my goal, can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks for any help.


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08 Dec 2019   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Why do you want an ISO file you need a file that you can boot an imaging software to restore an ISO won't do that
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08 Dec 2019   #3
Bree

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by br4 View Post
I've tried both Macrium Reflect Free (v 7.2.4557.0) and AOMEI Backupper Standard (v 5.3.0.0), but I cannot create the ISO file that I think should be created. One creates a backup file of 13.1GB, the other 13.9GB. The ISO files created are 235MB and 239MB...

The ISO file each of those creates is NOT the backup of your system, that backup is the 13GB file.


The ISO is the bootable recovery media that can restore the image file. You need to burn the ISO to a CD/DVD (or make the bootable USB recovery media instead). Boot from this, then you can restore the system from that 13GB image.
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08 Dec 2019   #4
AK6DN

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by br4 View Post
My goal is to create an ISO file from my recent installation of Windows 7 with most updates and my selected preferences, so that I can use this file to reload Windows if necessary.

I've tried both Macrium Reflect Free (v 7.2.4557.0) and AOMEI Backupper Standard (v 5.3.0.0), but I cannot create the ISO file that I think should be created. One creates a backup file of 13.1GB, the other 13.9GB. The ISO files created are 235MB and 239MB. My C partition is using 85.2GB.

Given my goal, can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks for any help.
Dead end. What you are trying to do is not possible. You cannot build an 'installation ISO' for Windows 7 from a running Windows 7 system.

Macrium and AOMEI create disk image backups able to restore YOUR system disk to its current state, with Windows 7 installed and any/all your user data files.

The small ISO files you have from Macrium/AOMEI are probably the WinPE boot restore disk images.

PS: Creating an ISO from an installed system image IS possible in Windows 10 as a new feature. Not available in Windows 7, however.
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08 Dec 2019   #5
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

AK6DN
Agree!
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08 Dec 2019   #6
br4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I was hoping you wouldn't tell me what I want to do isn't doable, but such is life.

To Bree: If I boot from the ISO file, as you noted, will I be able to direct the restoration process to any of my disks, where the restore file would be located?
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08 Dec 2019   #7
Bree

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by br4 View Post
To Bree: If I boot from the ISO file, as you noted, will I be able to direct the restoration process to any of my disks, where the restore file would be located?
Of the two you have tried I use Macrium, but Aomei should work in the same way.

I have made the Macrium image of my system on an external USB HDD, but you could equally well make it on any other internal drive, just not on a partition that will included in the system image you make.

To restore an image, I boot from a Macrium recovery usb, this can be made by the same tool you used to make the ISO. You need to plug the usb in before you run the Create Rescue Media tool in order to have the option to make a usb.


When you boot from the rescue media Macrium will open at the Restore tab. You can then browse for an image to restore. You will be able to browse on any drive that's connected, either internally or by usb.
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09 Dec 2019   #8
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

This may help some
AOMEI Backupper Features
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09 Dec 2019   #9
br4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks again for your replies. Very helpful.

Is AOMEI backupper better than the built in Windows 7 System Restore?
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09 Dec 2019   #10
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

AOMEI is vastly better than MS built-in backup / restore. In fact, MS suggests using any reliable 3rd party backup / restore utility.
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