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Windows 7: Locate .ISO file

02 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Locate .ISO file

Where on a computer can one find the ISO file (to create a recovery disk)? I've searched my computer and can find no *.iso files. Both Imgburn and ISOburner prompt me for the location, and I have no idea where it is. Thanks.

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02 Feb 2011   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1

Most recovery files that are shipped on OEM computers are not in .ISO format. Many times they install a program in the programs directory that will allow you to create recovery disks. Look at your listing of programs under the start(marble) and go to programs. If your computer manufacturer has the option for you to create recovery disks, it will then ask you to start putting in dvd blanks. And go for it.

Many times Dell computers have a recovery partition and when you boot your system, you can press a set of keys to recover your system. But of course, this will wipe your drive and unless you have saved any of your files that you wish to keep. they will be gone and your computer will be back the way it was when you received it.

Many times you have the option of creating a windows 7 boot disk for repair of your system and I recommend that you do it..

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02 Feb 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

If the file is on your computer, unhide hidden files and folders and uncheck hide extentions... apply and ok.
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02 Feb 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

If you are talking about a repair disk you create that from a link on the Backup page in Control Panel.
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02 Feb 2011   #5

WDS 7 Home Pre.x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gogreen View Post
Where on a computer can one find the ISO file (to create a recovery disk)? I've searched my computer and can find no *.iso files. Both Imgburn and ISOburner prompt me for the location, and I have no idea where it is. Thanks.
You don't need imgburn nor any iso burner ....
Wds 7 comes with Image burner ....
make a windowsimagerecovery ..then create the disc ....
You'r good to go .....
( By the time you need to recover your pc don't have to worry about finding drivers .... every thing will be back to the time you made the "WdsImagerecovery" )
Have fun .
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02 Feb 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

They don't give you any ISOs....Or people would just start to simply delete all the Junk and Bulk they pack with every new computer. Then they could as well start handing out original W7 DVDs
But then the BS about" So you just fried your mother board, while you're at it, just buy a new Windows license as well" wouldn't hold any water anymore now would it.
You might want to read this article from Dell:

Creating Your System Recovery Discs with Dell DataSafe Local Backup 2.0 - KB Article - 353561 | Dell

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02 Feb 2011   #7

Windows 10 Home, 64 bit

Thanks, all, for the assistance. I found the Dell Datasafe backups DVDs that I had made some time ago. I tried them out, and stopped them before they could restore my computer to its original state (yuck!). I just wanted to test the process before I might REALLY need those DVDs.

The backups restore the computer to its original state, and there is an option to restore it further to its current state.

I've been using Macrium free, and it, too, has a recovery disk, which I also created and tested. It can recover a backup created only in Macrium, though.

I suppose the ISO file, my original quest here, is buried in the Dell Recovery partition.

With the two recovery options, though, I'm satisfied and have stopped trying to find an ISO file on my system.

Thanks again.
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02 Feb 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

Glad you got it sorted out and yes, i agree it is a smart thing to do to go through the recovery session to know what to expect if you really need it
The factory restore disk I only see as a last resort (because I would have to use the "Decrapifier" to clean out the Junk that would then HP force on me.
So I rely on my system images created by Acronis. But I hear that a lot of people here use Macrium and are fully satisfied with the results.
Thanks for the feedback

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02 Feb 2011   #9

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint

I just use a installation disk from another computer of the same version - I just use the Dell system number on your computer. That way I don't have to 'decrapify' and get s clean installation. Sometimes it requires a robo call to MS, but never have a problem and don't need the recovery partition. It still aggravates me that they can send you a new computer with 3 partitions already on the disk.
Don't tell Dell. They would not like me not having their logo on everything.
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03 Feb 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

Are you saying you can get an Install Disk from Dell which doesn't hold all that junk and still works with the COA sticker ?
At least with HP that's a no go.
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