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People on ocn make animage of windows, reformat and then restore that image. How do i do this? It would save a lot! of time!

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Normally you use a program to create a backup image, then you can restore it after you've formatted. However, I'm not sure which programs are the best to do this, as I don't have any experience with it.
    
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acronis true image home. i use it on my laptop and desktop. works great.

i keep a second windows install on an IDE hard drive with just acronis installed that way if anything happens to my other windows install i boot into that and restore the image.

2TB of catastrophic failure can be fixed in about 8 minutes.
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Windows 7 has tools built in which you can use. Check out the backup and restore section of the control panel. Personally I use Macrium Reflect Free, which is super simple and has worked well for me in the past.
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If i backup windows and all the current software installed and then reformat, install windows and run the back up image to restore the image from an extrenal hdd, surely it will put windows on top of windows?
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CONTROL PANEL..System and Security.. Backup your computer.. create a system image---follow your nose---when it asks to make a restore disk--do so.

When you need to use the image---boot to restore disk ..follow your nose--it will format C and restore OS and all installed apps configured just like you had them when you imaged it
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If i backup windows and all the current software installed and then reformat, install windows and run the back up image to restore the image from an extrenal hdd, surely it will put windows on top of windows?
You won't need to do it quite like that. You won't need to install Windows at all.

You take an image of your OS drive which will contain Windows and your programs and maybe some data. To restore the image at a later time you create a boot DVD/CD using your imaging software.

With Windows you create a repair disc in the control panel->backup and restore section. With Macrium Reflect free you create a 'rescue CD'. When you want to restore an old image you boot from the rescue disc and it then takes you through the process to restore the image to your chosen drive.
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Thanks for the responses. I am having a bit of an issue creating cd/dvd backups and bootable cd's ect. I must find my cd drive drivers before i can sort the imaging out.
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Ah yes you do need to be able to create bootable media for the rescue CD side of things. I think there are ways to put a CD or DVD image on a USB stick and boot from it but it's non trivial, not something I have done.
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Ah yes you do need to be able to create bootable media for the rescue CD side of things. I think there are ways to put a CD or DVD image on a USB stick and boot from it but it's non trivial, not something I have done.
Ive tried before. Sometimes it's worked, sometimes it's dramatically failed
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