Reformatting Win7(30 posts)
Do you more knowledgeable folks do a clean install very often?
I was going to do one then make a clone using Macrium or something like it.
I like to do it every once in a while because it is like a new machine-at least for quite awhile.
I did one on my own and it was quite simple. I did back up all my dat
I looked at that tutorial and did exactly what they did, except I have my disc so I didn't have to the ISO thing.
I got a notice from Microsoft that my version of Win7 probably was an illegal version and they seemed quite concerned for awhile but I got that solved.
I noticed that you can even avoid typing in the product key code by using: http://www.joshcellsoftwares.c.....nager.html
Also, you can back up the drivers by using some simple program call Double Driver.
On the Builder Machines, there is a BIOs Setting to CLEAR THE KEY Information in the UEFI.
Not sure about the OEM machines but I doubt they have that setting capabliity.
That's one reason why it's Better to Build than to buy a large machine.
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When you say image do you mean take an image or re-image a machine, either way I think it depends on the user.
Thanks. I didn't mean the post was bad.
I was going to reformat Win7 and then make clones of the operating system from time to time. I have heard good things about Macrium Reflect and I have Ease US ToDo Home.
How often do you folks that use this type of software backup your operating system if ever?
@LeMarsMan, I know that. Anyway Use Macrium reflect and make an image. http://www.sevenforums.com/tut.....crium.html follow this. Read through this too.
A routine I used to start with was to image a pristine system after a clean install and put that to one side then when there had been sufficient system changes I did another and repeated this until I had 3 consecutive images. On the fourth time I deleted the first image and put the fourth in its place...basically replacing the oldest image of the three with the newest one every time. This gave me three rolling backup images to revert to if necessary. I never keep my data in the c:drive to keep the image size down and it's a lot safer. i use it like System Restore (which is turned off incidentally because I think it's superfluous in this setup) to roll back to a recent configuration if necessary. If I want to start all over again I use the pristine image. You are looking at an image size of about 60% of the original system size at default settings.
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