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Windows 7: How to make a recovery usb without the option?

22 Apr 2020   #1
ProMaz

windows 7 home premium 62bit
 
 
How to make a recovery usb without the option?

i want to upgrade to windows 10 but before that i need to make a recovery usb but it is not possible on my computer because i can only make recovery disks, right now i am in lockdown and i cant buy the disks that are needed though i am pretty sure there must be a way to just create a recovery usb so if the upgrade fails i could just recover my windows 7. i am not very tech savvy so help would be very appreciated

I am also going to make a system image so if any files get deleted i could restore it
i don't know if this is the best way or if its just better to copy and paste my c: drive with all videos and pictures to my external hard drive
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22 Apr 2020   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Welcome to the forum. If you create a image that's all you need. Once your in 10 there is an option to recover back to 7 for 30 days and you have all your files in the image. Just goto media creation tool hit upgrade and all files will be there after upgrade
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22 Apr 2020   #3
billmcct

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

You need to make an image of the entire hard drive. (All partitions) If something goes wrong then you can restore the whole drive.
Please don't use windows to make the image, use any of the free softwares out there such as "Aomei Backuper" and please read the options and set it to "VALIDATE" the image. Takes longer but you will know the image is good. Please "DO NOT USE THE COMPUTER WHILE THE IMAGE IS BEING PROCESSED" or the validation "WILL" fail.
Download Free Windows Backup Software
Just click the "Download Freeware" link.
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22 Apr 2020   #4
ProMaz

windows 7 home premium 62bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by billmcct View Post
You need to make an image of the entire hard drive. (All partitions) If something goes wrong then you can restore the whole drive.
Please don't use windows to make the image, use any of the free softwares out there such as "Aomei Backuper" and please read the options and set it to "VALIDATE" the image. Takes longer but you will know the image is good. Please "DO NOT USE THE COMPUTER WHILE THE IMAGE IS BEING PROCESSED" or the validation "WILL" fail.
Download Free Windows Backup Software
Just click the "Download Freeware" link.
thanks i will be doing that but i need to know that if the external hard drive with the system image has others files with the system image would it still work?
also lets say i have backed up a system image on my external hard drive with freeware and during the upgrade something happened and no windows work how would i restore my system image? also i because my computer is apparently oem/hp i have the certificate files and product key ready but would i need to use them if i do the restore system image?

thanks again for your help im just new to this and by doing system image i wouldnt need to do a windows 7 recovery disk/usb and keep it at a side right?
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22 Apr 2020   #5
ProMaz

windows 7 home premium 62bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
Welcome to the forum. If you create a image that's all you need. Once your in 10 there is an option to recover back to 7 for 30 days and you have all your files in the image. Just goto media creation tool hit upgrade and all files will be there after upgrade
thanks a lot sir
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22 Apr 2020   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

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lets say i have backed up a system image on my external hard drive with freeware and during the upgrade something happened and no windows work how would i restore my system image?
You can create boot media with the imaging program ( aomei). It can create bootable iso image or bootable usb. You can boot that and restore an image you have stored on a disk .


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i have the certificate files and product key ready but would i need to use them if i do the restore system image?
The activation is included in the image. Restore the image back to the same machine and it will still be activated.

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if the external hard drive with the system image has others files with the system image would it still work?
Yes. The image file is just a file. You can store it on a disk that has other files and folders on it.

Depending what volumes you choose to include in the image file, it can be quite big. Do you have a large enough disk to store it on?
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22 Apr 2020   #7
ProMaz

windows 7 home premium 62bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
You can create boot media with the imaging program ( aomei). It can create bootable iso image or bootable usb. You can boot that and restore an image you have stored on a disk .




The activation is included in the image. Restore the image back to the same machine and it will still be activated.



Yes. The image file is just a file. You can store it on a disk that has other files and folders on it.

Depending what volumes you choose to include in the image file, it can be quite big. Do you have a large enough disk to store it on?

yes my system image will be about 340gb and i have 730 free on my external hard drive

thanks i will make a system image from freeware on my external hard drive
and on a usb ill create the bootable medie

and just incase i have found a windows 7 iso and i will use the windows usb/dvd program to burn it on a different usb if aomei fails

i think this is a pretty much a good fail proof way am i right? though i do hope i dont have to go through any of those and windows 10 will install just fine
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22 Apr 2020   #8
ProMaz

windows 7 home premium 62bit
 
 

this is the site im going to get the windows 7 iso from Windows 7 Home Premium Full Version Free Download ISO [32-64Bit] - Softlay
i hope it a genuine version not cracked or played with
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22 Apr 2020   #9
billmcct

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Please use this program to verify the downloaded ISO of win 7.
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4 Weeks Ago   #10
ProMaz

windows 7 home premium 62bit
 
 

thank you i will be doing that
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