uandme72
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How do I create image of DELL Laptop OS + drivers

I want to install Windows 7 Ultimate purchased from a retail store, onto my DELL Laptop which was supplied with Ubuntu. After installing the Windows OS and all the drivers for Windows 7 downloaded from the website, which is a time consuming process when done manually one by one for each driver, I want to create an image of the OS + drivers. Then fromnext time I want to only use that image file to install Windows 7 and all the drivers on the Laptop without having to do it manually and individually for each driver. Kindly advise on how to do it.

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MicroTest
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Re: How do I create image of DELL Laptop OS + drivers

I used to use free EASEUS Backup software but have now switched to free Macrium Reflect.Excellent software and it is exactly what you want.

www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

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MicroTest
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Re: How do I create image of DELL Laptop OS + drivers

Note:

As with any Backup software you need to make a bootable Rescue CD which you will be reminded by Macrium Reflect.You have 2 options : A Linux based or WinPE based bootable CD.Choose WinPE even though it means you have to download and install a 1.7GByte Windows WAIK file.It's definetly worth it - you will be guided by Macrium Reflect.....

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Mary G
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Re: How do I create image of DELL Laptop OS + drivers

You can also use the free utility that is included in Windows 7: Backup and Restore which will make a complete system image of the drive to store on an external drive. That means everything including all added programs, drivers and files. You will also be prompted to make a rescue disk that you use as a boot disk to access the system image.

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MicroTest
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Re: How do I create image of DELL Laptop OS + drivers

Mary G is right - use Win7 Backup utility - it definitely works and is very easy to use.

The reason why I use Macrium Reflect is:

> it's fast

> good compression

> more flexible

> can mount image-file to extract files

> can put rescue ISO file and image file on a bootable USB stick

> works even with Windows 8 and I have no problems with my 4k-sector size hdd

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