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 Post subject: Windows backup disk
PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:24 pm 
Klamath
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How can I...

Make a Windows backup disk of my current version of windows, with drivers included, and the crap-ware taken off.

Or, just back up all of my drivers?

I'm just looking for something easier than having to install windows, and use pcidatabase to manually install each driver for future re-formats.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows backup disk
PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:45 pm 
Smithfield
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With the Windows Backup utility, you can make a recovery image, which essentially saves the state of the system when you make it, up to and including all software activations (including Windows itself). However, this requires a hard drive, but I think Windows will let you do it on as many DVDs as needed.

It's best though you do this when you reinstalled, because if your system restore image is crappy, you're going to have to live with that crap.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows backup disk
PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:46 am 
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Sounds like another option for you would be to slipstream via RT Se7en Lite for everything you want, how you want it, and nothing you don't.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows backup disk
PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:11 am 
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kleinkinstein wrote:
Sounds like another option for you would be to slipstream via RT Se7en Lite for everything you want, how you want it, and nothing you don't.

That's substantially more work than simply taking an image of his current system.

If you don't already have one, consider getting an external hdd that's large enough to hold an image of your current hdd and also has room to allow you to backup your important data files.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows backup disk
PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:30 am 
Clawhammer
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Hmmm, never thought of slip-streaming as work. More akin to creating uncompromising value.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows backup disk
PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:01 pm 
Smithfield
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kleinkinstein wrote:
Hmmm, never thought of slip-streaming as work. More akin to creating uncompromising value.

Slip streaming is good and all... but considering that making a system restore image after you've activated Windows and it keeps that activated state (as well as other software that doesn't use some bizarre DRM) makes it all the more handy.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows backup disk
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 7:49 am 
Clawhammer
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Easy Peasy


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 Post subject: Re: Windows backup disk
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:40 am 
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Nobody is arguing with you that slipstreaming isn't the preferred way to do it but once the guy has his machine already setup and installed then the easier way to do what he wants is to create a system image. Going the slipstream route at this point is starting from scratch, therefore more work.


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