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.
Answer by David WN · Jun 08, 2011 at 02:19 PM
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.
Answer by David WN · Jun 08, 2011 at 02:20 PM
BTW, here's a simple tutorial on creating a system backup:
Answer by Caelan · Jun 09, 2011 at 06:46 PM
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.
Answer by Duodave · Jun 09, 2011 at 08:33 PM
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.
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