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Windows 7: Question about "Create a system image"?

11 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Question about "Create a system image"?

With system image in Windows 7 Enterprise does it create a exact duplicate of your hard disk? Right now I have 7 Enterprise and Office 2007 Activated. So lets say one day my computer crashes or the HDD needs to be replaced all I need to do is restore that image? and it will be back to how it is now with 7 and office 07 Activated? I will not need any other items like the instalation disks?

Thanks very much,

My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64

Yes, that is exactly what a system image will do.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2010   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

I think the default using the Windows tool is to replicate certain partitions--C and the system reserved partition.

If you have a D partition, it would NOT be included by default--but could be if you deliberately add it.

You should consider the possibility that imaging will fail, as it sometimes does.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

11 Jan 2010   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install

Not really your question, but in lieu of System image, you would be better off using Paragon. Store the image on an external hard drive and update about once a month.

Most agree it works better than system image.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thanks for the confirmation, but the second question is can i rename the folders it was put in on the USB so it goes


to "7Enterpise Backup"? would that be ok?

Thanks much agian,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2010   #6

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot

If you rename the folders you may break some file associations and possibly applications as well...why the rename ?

Whoops i read too can safely rename the Image name...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP


I rename my images when I place them in storage folders on my external.

However when I want to reimage HD, the image must be renamed back to WindowsImageBackup and placed in the external drive root in order to be detected.

The same is true if you place them on a primary formatted partition for easy detection.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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