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How to make a recovery disk?

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I'm going to make some changes to some computers, XP and Win 7, soon and I want to make an full image backup of the system in case something does go wrong, so I can put the old system back on. So is making a set of bootable DVD's possible to full restore a screwed system to its original state and what are some good software's to do that if possible? It doesn't' really matter if its free or not, and it would be appreciated if you could show me many options to choose from.

Thanks a lot.
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Windows 7 has it built in; you can make a perfect image, and restore from either a special DVD, or a standard Windows 7 CD.

Windows XP on the other hand... Well you would have to use imaging software such as from Acronis or Symantec (ghost) to create the image. Then restoring it would be done with one of their special CD's.
    
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Originally Posted by trueg50 View Post
Windows 7 has it built in; you can make a perfect image, and restore from either a special DVD, or a standard Windows 7 CD.

Windows XP on the other hand... Well you would have to use imaging software such as from Acronis or Symantec (ghost) to create the image. Then restoring it would be done with one of their special CD's.
This is correct. I have backup hard drives to store the disk image onto instead of DVD's. It is much faster this way.
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