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I want to create a backup of Windows onto a disk so I can reinstall Windows if my hard drive needs formatting. When I boot Windows, I used to receive a message asking me to back up my system's restore point to a disc, because my hard drive has a restore partition. This message now never pops up, but I want to back up as the message said. Could anyone please help me? In simple terms, I want to back up Windows, and only Windows, not all my personal files, to a disc so that I can reinstall Windows in case, let's say, my hard drive corrupts. Thank you for your time.

asked Jun 08 '11 at 12:46

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edited Jun 09 '11 at 08:46

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Restore points and restore partitions are different critters. Restore partitions are usually hidden partitions created on new computers at the factory that have all the installation files, often in a proprietary feh format for that computer brand. You should have a utility to create a reinstallation (optical) disk in your All Programs list under apps specific to your computer manufacturer. What make and model computer is this? I assume it was a new computer that came with Win7 installed.

Otherwise, you might well be better off to use the Backup and Restore center to create a system image ("snapshot") disk which you could then use to restore your computer in the event of a problem. It would, generally, include programs and data, and so might actually span some DVDRs. In that case, writing the system image to an external drive would be useful, IMO.

answered Jun 08 '11 at 13:19

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David WN

BTW, here's a simple tutorial on creating a system backup:


answered Jun 08 '11 at 13:20

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David WN

It would help if you were more specific about what OS you were wanting to create a backup disk for.

answered Jun 09 '11 at 08:02

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It's hard to understand what you are saying so the only thing I can think of is to go to computer, click main harddrive disk once , click properties, click tools and then click the button that says Back-up Now. Now don't take my word for it because I am not sure on the question and I did what I could to answer. :D Remember I can't promise thats right. You might be able to double-check it with a friend.

answered Jun 09 '11 at 17:46

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A handy backup tool is Microsoft's Synctoy, which you can use to copy subdirectories from one computer to another.

I've never been much for relying on backups. If something dies and I replace the drive, I do a bunch of reinstalls and try to retrieve the data files I need where I have backups.

answered Jun 09 '11 at 19:33

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I use easeus todo backup software to backup my computer everyday, Besides full backup, it also offer your incremental or differential backup

answered Aug 17 '11 at 21:46

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