No CD/DVD Can a USB system recovery disc be made

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  1. rigel

    rigel Senior Member

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    I have now got Windows 7 on my laptop. I have window7 7 professional and want to make a complete image as I have all my applications set as I like them. My laptop does not have a CD/DVD drive. I sent the system image and backups to an external USB drive. When I went to make the "system recovery disc" it would not make one because I do not have a cd/dvd drive. is it possible to make "system recovery usb stick"?. If so how?
     
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    Providing you have access to a Win7 Professional ISO, you can use the tool at
    Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool released again
    to create a bootable Win7 flash drive. That will accomplish your desires.
     
  3. rigel

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    Thanks, I may be a little confused here, but as I read the USB/DVD download tool link it seems to be set up for a new initial installation. I can do that, but I would then have to load all the programs again. What I was looking for was to be able to boot up to directly on the USB and then reload onto laptop's C: drive a complete image that was previously loaded on an external drive that contains all my programs as well. I can do this now on my desktop computer from the "system recovery disc" CD made on that computer. and the desktop's full image backup on the desktop's external drive. But I appear not to be able to do that on my laptop because it does not contain a CD/DVD drive. I could purchase an an external CD/DVD, but it seems like there should be another option here.

    I have also checked the windows 7 professional files I purchased. I have a Microsoft update disc and the update already on a bootable USB stick, In either case there appears to be no ISO file. Where is this normally obtained from?
     
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    Boot to the bootable USB that you create and select Repair at boot. You will then have access to your image on your external drive.
     
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    I tried it out, it works!! Thank you, busydog, for your assistance, I would not have tried it out without your help. Now I have the confidence that I can always quickly reload a good image on my laptop. :D
     

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