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Windows 7: New laptop

15 Jan 2011   #1
rbenn55

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 
New laptop

Hello everyone, I just bought a new laptop. I did not want to spend the extra money having someone else do it for me. I want to know how to back everything up. I have all of the DVDs to use. I need to be pointed into the right direction.


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15 Jan 2011   #2
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Go into Control Panel and do a system restore first then when completed do a back up on a monthly basis or when new software/hardware added.
Post back when completed.
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15 Jan 2011   #3
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Hi rbenn55 ,Have a look at our tutorials Windows 7 - Tutorial Index they will provde everything you need to know on backing up :)
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15 Jan 2011   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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15 Jan 2011   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Backing up on DVDs is messy (except for burning the recovery partition). Do you have an external disk? - If not, I suggest you get one. They are not expensive (around $60 to $70 for 500GBs). Then you can image your system priodically: Imaging with free Macrium
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15 Jan 2011   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You have to decide what you want to back up.

Your data?

Your Windows installation?

Both?

Software discs?

Is your data on the same partition as Windows itself?
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15 Jan 2011   #7
Imperfect1

 
 

If you haven't set up your new system yet, be sure to follow the directions for creating restore disks as you're setting up your system for the first time. Yes, it takes a while to complete the process, but it's well worth it if you ever need the disks in the future.
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15 Jan 2011   #8
rbenn55

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Imperfect1 View Post
If you haven't set up your new system yet, be sure to follow the directions for creating restore disks as you're setting up your system for the first time. Yes, it takes a while to complete the process, but it's well worth it if you ever need the disks in the future.
I did this. So everything is done. Plus you are correct in that it took awhile to get done.
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15 Jan 2011   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

If you every need to restore to factory condition, run the Recovery Partition from boot and not the disks - it's more stable. Only use the Recovery disks if the HD or Recov partition fails.

Another method to transfer files is via the network. Enable sharing for both machines then copy each User folder's contents (using Organize>Select All) to same empty User folder in new install.
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16 Jan 2011   #10
Imperfect1

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you every need to restore to factory condition, run the Recovery Partition from boot and not the disks - it's more stable. Only use the Recovery disks if the HD or Recov partition fails.

Another method to transfer files is via the network. Enable sharing for both machines then copy each User folder's contents (using Organize>Select All) to same empty User folder in new install.
Good to know. Thanks Greg!
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