Backup and restore "fresh" Windows 7 disk image

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Installation' started by CharlesG, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. CharlesG

    CharlesG New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2011
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Tomorrow my new Samsung netbook will be delivered, Windows 7 Starter is preinstalled. I haven't had a netbook before, and I haven't used Windows 7 before.

    I'd like to make an image of the HDD immediately after unpacking. I need to play around with Windows 7 and I probably want to remove bloatware. I may even want to install Ubuntu Netbook Edition. But in any case, I'd like to able to restore the original, clean HDD image.

    What would be the best strategy to do this? Make an image (using eg. Partition Image) before even starting up Windows 7? Make an image after running Windows 7 once (perhaps it needs to register / validate / activate)? I do not want to get into trouble with multiple activation.

    Thanks,
     
  2. patcooke

    patcooke Microsoft MVP
    Staff Member Premium Supporter Microsoft MVP

    Joined:
    May 16, 2010
    Messages:
    5,454
    Likes Received:
    268
    I always use Acronis True Image to make an image immediately after initial startup and activation.
     
    1 person likes this.
  3. CharlesG

    CharlesG New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2011
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks Pat. So right after activation, that eliminates the risk of activation problems. Good idea, I'll do that as well.
     

Share This Page

Loading...