Best way to backup a retail activation?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Dissonance, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. Dissonance

    Dissonance MDL Junior Member

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    I have a retail Win 7 install and I'd like to backup the activation without using 4 DVDs on an image. I just want to be able to reinstall without going through the whole activation process again.

    http://www.mydigitallife.net/2009/0...ivation-status-activate-offline-on-reinstall/

    That seems to be the simplest and most efficient way, but then I read "re-installation must be on the same hardware without any hardware change". Does this mean that if I install onto a new hard drive or add a video card/dvd drive that this wouldn't work? What kind of changes can I make or not make? TIA.
     
  2. dakota42784

    dakota42784 MDL Junior Member

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    I use Acronis True Image 2010 Ver & backup to a second USB Hardrive up on a shelf in my computer room.
    Have made probably over 500 Backups & 200+ Restores with Never a problem. :D
     
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  3. gentoo

    gentoo MDL Senior Member

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    This is what I use as well. Never had any probs.
     
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  4. Dolorous Edd

    Dolorous Edd MDL Expert

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    Look for paymyrent's token restore program. It will backup your activation only. Simply reinstall 7 then restore activation using this program after backing up your activation. It will only restore to your existing hardware.
     
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  5. dragonfire665

    dragonfire665 MDL Senior Member

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    same here, and remember if using Acronis set it up that at least once a week at a specific time it will automatically make a Backup of the HDD you will like. This way in case you did any changes or installing, it will back it up. I have always use this and is amazing. It will backup by itself on the background with no problem. Trust me you will love it.
     
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