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Windows 7: Creating bootable Win7 file with installed software and settings

4 Weeks Ago   #1
trolltk

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Creating bootable Win7 file with installed software and settings

Hello everybody.
I want to install fresh copy of Windows 7 x64.
Then I want to install all updates, drivers and programs required and the ones I use (office, av, chrome etc.)
Then I want to configure system the way i like it.
And here's my question:
After I have done all of this, is it possible to create a bootable file that i can use on my flashdrive with Windows and all the programs, updates and settings I have just done?


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4 Weeks Ago   #2
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi trolltk,

Welcome to SevenForums!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trolltk View Post
And here's my question:
After I have done all of this, is it possible to create a bootable file that I can use on my flashdrive with Windows and all the programs, updates and settings I have just done?
You can create a system image [which isn't bootable]. This way, if things go wrong in the future, you will be able to restore your OS back to the exact same state that includes the updates, drivers, programs required and the system configurations in a very short time. There are two imaging programs which are very popular among members here, the first is AOMEI Backupper Standard [FREE], and the second is Macrium Reflect [FREE].

I hope this helps!
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4 Weeks Ago   #3
trolltk

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Thanks, will it be bootable thou?
Sorry didn't notice [which isn't bootable]
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4 Weeks Ago   #4
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi trolltk,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul Black View Post
You can create a system image [which isn't bootable].
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4 Weeks Ago   #5
ian50

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

@trolltk


Yes, as Paul Black commented, after you have organised your installation as you wish (all security updates, programs, tweaks, passwords etc blah and so on), make an image file of your disk with either - or preferably both - Macrium or Aomei (both freeware). You may also use the inbuilt Windows imaging program.


None of those imaging programs generate a bootable image file, but all of them allow you to make a bootable CD or USB installation that you use to restore your disk from the image file previously created. This is, I believe, the most efficient and cheapest method of guaranteeing full disk restore.


I use both Macrium and Aomei imaging twice a month, also Windows imaging. I have had to restore full disk twice in 18 months. I used Macrium as the 1st port of call both times and it worked flawlessly. I haven't needed to try Aomei although I have no reason to think it may not work. The Windows imaging is reserved as "last chance saloon" becase there are many reports on it failing at critical times.


So your initial question has an answer - freeware as well.
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4 Weeks Ago   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Aomei partition assistant can create windows to go. Only worth trying if you have usb 3. USB2 is much too slow

Creating bootable Win7 file with installed software and settings-aomei-windows-go.jpg


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4 Weeks Ago   #7
ian50

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

@SIW2


Yes, except that function is not operable in the freeware version.


Nonetheless, it is an option, I agree.
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4 Weeks Ago   #8
trolltk

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Finally I've decided to use AOMEI Backupper Standard and after installation and configuration I've created 14GB backup from 41GB partition. Thanks for help.
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4 Weeks Ago   #9
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi trolltk,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trolltk View Post
Finally I've decided to use AOMEI Backupper Standard and after installation and configuration I've created 14GB backup from 41GB partition. Thanks for help.
Thanks for sharing the solution, it will help other people visiting this thread that have the same problem/question.
Thank you!
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