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Windows 7: Imaging with free Macrium

06 Feb 2013   #610
kado897

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We have a tutorial for that. Clean Install Windows 7


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06 Feb 2013   #611
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you install with your original OEM disc, you may get a lot of crap on it. If you have a retail disc, that is not the case.

For the OEM case, I recommend to download a clean .iso from here: Dell Community
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06 Feb 2013   #612
npaitken

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
If you install with your original OEM disc, you may get a lot of crap on it. If you have a retail disc, that is not the case.

For the OEM case, I recommend to download a clean .iso from here: Dell Community
Excellent WHS! Thanks for the link. Heading over there now to download
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06 Feb 2013   #613
Dave76

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Dell use to be good, the OEM OS disk was clean, no bloatware. Not sure if they are still that way.
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06 Feb 2013   #614
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Dave, it's not too bad on my Dells. But Toshiba and Sony are really bad.
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07 Feb 2013   #615
npaitken

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Once I get the new drive installed and up and running with Win7, would you recommend taking an image before loading any programs? Perhaps this isn't worthwhile? Perhaps it is?

I do a lot of design and development worth and have around 40 programs that i use regularly!

Just wondering if you experienced imagers have any advice
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07 Feb 2013   #616
kado897

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It may be worth taking an image after all updates have been applied. The last time I applied updates to a new system took longer than the install.
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07 Feb 2013   #617
npaitken

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
It may be worth taking an image after all updates have been applied. The last time I applied updates to a new system took longer than the install.
Yes, that makes sense; that's what I'll do. Once I get all the programs loaded I'll take an image straight away. Thanks
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07 Feb 2013   #618
kado897

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

I was thinking more of Windows updates than programs, but if you have a core set of programs it makes sense to install those also.
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07 Feb 2013   #619
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

When you install a program, a system restore point is automatically created (if you enabled system restore). You can always fall back to that - if it does not mysteriously disappear.

I would just make an image twice per week or so.
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