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  1. Posts : 70,208
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #170

    Hello DrLangly, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    Most OEM computers these days do not come with a set of OEM Recovery discs anymore. Usually they will have a option for you to create (burn) your own set through the OEM partition instead. Depending on what type you have, these two links from Dell will help show you how to create a set OEM Windows 7 Recovery discs to be able to use to do a factory restore of Windows 7 with.

    Dell - Support

    or

    Dell - Support


    Creating a system image will take up a few DVDs since the backup image will basically be the same size as what is used on your hard drive. Each single sided DVD can hold around 4.7 GB on average. It's usually best to save system image backup onto another hard drive or partition instead because of this.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  2. Posts : 1,607
    Windows 7 x64 finally!
       #171

    My pleasure, let us know if that works, then others can benefit from your success!
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  3. Posts : 15,184
    Vista x64 / 7 X64
       #172

    Hi Dr Langly,

    If you use a FREE 3rd party app. to create the image for you - it will be almost half the size of the Windows one.

    Try these :

    PARAGON:

    Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Free Edition

    How to Create an Image with Paragon B&R 10

    How to Restore Data with Paragon B&R 10


    MACRIUM:

    Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

    How to create a disk image with Macrium Reflect

    How to create the Macrium Linux rescue CD

    How to recover your PC using the Linux rescue CD

    There are many reports of Windows System Image failing towards the end of placing an image on dvd's

    You will probabaly find, as Shawn said - you can create a Dell image as well. However that will return you to the state you bought the pc - all your data, programs, and settings will not be restored.

    If you make your image using a 3rd party app.- every now and again - you can restore everything as it was at the time you made the image.
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  4. Posts : 10
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
       #173

    Okay, the link in the other thread links me to a Atomic MPC website with a description for VLITE as a "Impressive and free antivirus and antispyware package"

    Am i looking at the right one?
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  5. Posts : 10
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
       #174

    Ok, correction mates;

    My girlfriend just stated she "just found" the bag of discs that came with it. It comes with a re-installation DVD of Windows 7 and neccesary drivers. Nevermind for the laptop!

    But, I have a brand new ACER machine at home. Its a desktop computer and i DONT have a re-installation DVD for that pc. Im weary of using the DELL cd on it in an emergency. Bottom line is i just want a re-installation cd for my ACER now.


    I am going to follow this link. Will this work?
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  6. Posts : 15,184
    Vista x64 / 7 X64
       #175

    It would be interesting to see what is inside the Dell Recovery partition . You may well find the installation files and be able to make your own bootable installer - as Wally says.

    If you have a chance - please post a screenie of the contents of the dell recovery partition.

    Thanks.

    DrLangly said:
    Wow wally, thank you for such a timely response. Believe it or not, i do computer work freelance at the moment, im just so new to windows 7 and some of the new menu's and such. Although the pc came with quite the amount of bloatware, i've stripped it bare, and installed only essential tools and always maintain a lightweight, clean and smooth running PC or Lappy.

    Thank you for the recommendation on that thread, i'll go look at it now.

    Again, thanks for such a timely response!
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  7. Posts : 10
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
       #176

    The 'Contents' of the recovery partition? Explain



    SIW2 said:
    It would be interesting to see what is inside the Dell Recovery partition . You may well find the installation files and be able to make your own bootable installer - as Wally says.

    If you have a chance - please post a screenie of the contents of the dell recovery partition.

    Thanks.

    DrLangly said:
    Wow wally, thank you for such a timely response. Believe it or not, i do computer work freelance at the moment, im just so new to windows 7 and some of the new menu's and such. Although the pc came with quite the amount of bloatware, i've stripped it bare, and installed only essential tools and always maintain a lightweight, clean and smooth running PC or Lappy.

    Thank you for the recommendation on that thread, i'll go look at it now.

    Again, thanks for such a timely response!
      My Computer


  8. Posts : 15,184
    Vista x64 / 7 X64
       #177

    Yes it is glitch on the MPC site - the download is fine.

    Just d/l v1.6 and you're good.

    You may need to give the recovery partition a drive letter just rt click it in Disk Management and assign whatever letter it offers.

    It is worth showing Hidden files as well - go to Folder Options>View>Dot Show Hidden Files and Untick Hide protected operating system files . Apply, OK.

    Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup-folder-options-2010-01-07_202455.jpg

    You should then be able to see what's in it like any other partition.

    In the same way this guy took a shot of his C partition:

    Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup-hp-iso-found-2009-12-28_042346.jpg

    That is an HP machine - he found an .iso ( which he burned to dvd and used to reinstall). Strangely, it was in a Hidden Folder on the C drive.

    Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup-hp-530-notebook-isofound.jpg

    It would be more normal to find either an .iso, or the actual installation files - in the recovery partition.
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  9. Posts : 15,184
    Vista x64 / 7 X64
       #178

    Anybody got an HP notebook - want to have a look and see if you have an.iso in a Hidden folder on the root of C?
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  10. Posts : 8,370
    W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
       #179

    There's one here with Vista presently on it if that helps any? The recovery partition there is about 7gb in size likely being everything compressed to save on drive space however.

    The manufacturer's guide is usually the best method for preinstalled OSs while still seeing the bloatware they add into the mix unfortunately. That maintains all of the serial number and other information including the preactivation for that machine something to consider.

    A slight update here now seeing some 131gb involved for a complete backup of the 1tb host/boot drive onto dvd-rw media. Think 11 blanks will be enough? 47.85gb between the 11 was the total amount available.

    Time to get some more new blanks I guess! Sometime optical media simply doesn't suffice!

    Meanwhile I simply went from there to the actual backup folder first used on the RC.
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    Last edited by Night Hawk; 08 Jan 2010 at 02:24. Reason: additional information
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