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How do I create a restore point of my computer?

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I want to create a restore point of my C: drive just after installing all my programs and setting my prefs. How do I do that?

Am I right in thinking that creating this restore point would allow me to return, essentially, to a brand-new fresh setup at a few clicks of a button?

I don't want this to include my gaming drives (too much junk to worry about) or my WD greens (backing up backups gets heavy, fast) in this restore point. Games are not as important as things like Maya and Photoshop. Also don't want on-site redundant backups.
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Open the start menu, search for restore, click on "backup and restore", you should be able to make a restore point from there.
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Heres a nice article explaining how to do it
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/3195/...-in-windows-7/
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For Win 7 click the start orb and start typing "restore" in the search box. Up the top you'll see "System Restore". Click it and you're good to go

EDIT: I just re-read the OP and I don't think he means a restore point. Sounds like he wants to create an image of his of his c: drive. If so then Daggerfist has got it right. Click Backup and Restore. There are also 3rd party apps you could use, Paragon Drive Image (free) Acronis True Image Home (paid)
Edited by tw33k - 1/15/11 at 12:23am
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Now I'm confused: What do I want?

I want to be able to press a button and revert to a fresh install of Windows, with all my programs freshly installed and configured, and keep it offsite.

So for instance, if I run into another BSOD on login loop, I can reinstall Windows, point ot the 'restore point', and everything will install and configure itself the way it was when I create the restore point.

I have a feeling I walked over my own tongue there, but hey.
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Wait, what?

Okay, wrong post on the wrong thread. What the.
Edited by AblueXKRS - 1/15/11 at 12:45am
post #7 of 16
Basically you wanna do something like this?
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/1838/...-in-windows-7/
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It's not a restore point. What you want is to create an image that you can restore. (See my post above) You can use Windows or a 3rd party app
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post #10 of 16
First, create a System Image. That is your baseline install. Restore points work automatically or create them manually before you install new S/W or before making tweaks to the registry. Windows System Images can also be used with Restore Points to recover your system.

If you need more, like network access to you backups, look at getting Acronis True Image Server/Workstation Backup and Restore 10.
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