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Windows 7: Make Windows 7 boot disc from scratch?

19 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Make Windows 7 boot disc from scratch?

Yes, you heard me, is it possible to make a Windows 7 boot disc from scratch? By scratch I mean, I want all the programs I currently have installed on my PC and some items in my secondary drives to be there too, in other words, can I take my current Windows AND the programs/items I have on my drives, and put them together as one installation, so that when I format my computer and reinstall Windows, my basic programs, like Photoshop, After Effects, etc, are still there, so there is no worry about downloading it? That's my main point, I have to install Windows 7 and the programs I have in like 30 computers, it would take forever if I ALSO have to download programs like Photoshop, I don't have the best internet in town anyways.

Hope you can help me out, thanks!

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19 Mar 2011   #2

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot

Sounds like a better solution is to use a disk imaging app...


And i recommend Macrium Reflect for a Free solution.
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19 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I see, so if I use that program, it is going to make an image of my current Windows and my programs?
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19 Mar 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Yes - all imaging programs will do that.

There is a difficulty after restoring to different hardware - you may need to use an app. like paragon P2P adjust to ensure it works:

Paragon Adaptive Restore - Overview

It looks complicated - in fact is very simple - just point it at the restored drive and click - takes a couple of seconds.

99% of the time that's all you need to do.

In the unlikely event you need extra drivers - it will tell you - it will inject them for you as well.
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19 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

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19 Mar 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP


You can use Acronis premium imaging app for free if you have a WD or Seagate HD, from their SUpport Downloads webpage.

If you want to move the HD or its image to other hardware, SysPrep the HD first on the old hardware so it will start up on any other hardware: Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

This does the same thing as Paragon Adaptive Restore CD but is free, although it must be done on original hardware whereas PAR can be run on new hardware before atttempting to start HD or it's image.
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