Originally Posted by tianh
so basically after installing a fresh copy of Windows I can use my previous image and will it automatically activate the new Windows and everything? Also, it won't slow down "loading" a old OS onto a new one?
Oh no, you misunderstood me. Creating an image of the drive copies the drive in its entirety to a file, including the windows installation.
Basically setup Windows how you like it, and activate it. Then create an image of it. Now instead of reinstalling all the time just restore the image. Macrium can create a bootable LiveCD that will be able to restore your image to your hard drive or a new hard drive should your original one die.
It will already be activated and fully functional just like how you had it set up previously.
You will never go through the Windows install again through this method. And it will not have problems (unless it was screwed up while you were setting up your initial install). When you restore an image, Windows will be as fresh as the time you created the image.Edited by ez12a - 12/26/10 at 9:05am