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backup options before reloading windows 7

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by jojodwolf, May 26, 2011.

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  1. jojodwolf

    jojodwolf Thread Starter

    May 2, 2004
    It's nice to have a fresh operating system, that much I know.. but what I hate is getting my new system back to where my old one was. Files I realize are quite easy with my external drive. It's all the settings and windows live mail and sounds and colors ect ect... I also have many programs some with discs some not.. tremendous amount of work getting all the programs installed again. So what I'm looking for is advice on the best approach whether it's a program to do it or let windows do it. I ask this because I just did a windows update and I am experiencing freezing problems... and if this is not resolved I know the answer will be to reload windows ughhhh.. The freezing may have stopped ?? not sure yet. The other after effect of this windows update is the hard drive revving while in sleep mode. Always good to know the best backup procedure/program anyway
  2. Noyb

    Noyb Trusted Advisor

    May 25, 2005
    After you get a fresh install setup the way you like it ..
    Make an "Image" of it to a file your external HDD .. Then you can reinstall the "Fresh" System in just a few minutes.

    Windows 7 has an Image Backup Routine ... Tutorial
    Many prefer to use the Free Macrium to make the Image ... Tutorial
    It might help if you made a Windows 7 Repair CD .. Before you might need it.

    I use Acronis for all my Imaging and Cloning work.
    Since any HDD can fail .. I have two External HDDs.
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