Windows System Image (factory state) Backup

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  1. Hannibal Lecter

    Hannibal Lecter MDL Senior Member

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    I bought a new notebook and I will upgrade it to 7 Ultimate (and Daz loader).
    Before using it, I want to make a copy (backup) of the Windows System Image (factory state) of the installed Win 7 Home.

    How do I make the copy of this?

    Thank you….
     
  2. venu

    venu MDL Addicted

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    Just create a set of recovery disks using the inbuilt recovery software.
     
  3. acyuta

    acyuta MDL Expert

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    If you are reasonably competent, why not delete everything that your laptop came up with and do everything on a clean slate.
    I did this on a Dell XPS 15 laptop in Sep 2011 and although I did the things in post 2 beforehand, immediately after that, I deleted all partitions, rebuilt the parition structure and installed windows 7 ultimate. The factory images are still with me but more out of archives than of any useful purpose. They anyway become seriously outdated within 3-4 months.

    Why should laptop be any different from an assembled desktop??
     
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  4. Hannibal Lecter

    Hannibal Lecter MDL Senior Member

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    The installed OS is a japanese 7 Home, and as there is a warranty on it, I might have to give it back if I am unlucky and the wrong thing breaks, so I want to keep the original. I cannot read the installed japanese, so I asked here.

    So I got someone who speaks japanese and now it is done......
     
  5. PhaseDoubt

    PhaseDoubt MDL Expert

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    It's not just a "reasonably competent" thing to first backup everything, it's a superior idea ... ALWAYS. Backing up all data and creating an image of your current system is a great idea. Doing otherwise is commonly known as "burning your bridges behind you" and is seldom a wise decision in any situation.
     
  6. Hannibal Lecter

    Hannibal Lecter MDL Senior Member

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    That is why I asked how.... I use Win 7 Ultimate und there is a 7 Home on that other one, and it is in Japanese. I do not have the time to first learn Japanese....
     
  7. tcntad

    tcntad MDL Guru

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    Change language using DISM? the better way will say. ANother way (easier) is to use vistalizator but it might flag it is at nongenuine, You could just try to revalidate if so..
     
  8. Hannibal Lecter

    Hannibal Lecter MDL Senior Member

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    Please....guys..... I asked a very simple question:

    I have a new computer with 7 Home in japanese, which I cannot read. I want to put Win 7 Ultimate from the repository on it, but before that, I want to make a factory state backup disc...


    How do I do this?
    (Remember, I cannot read what is on the screen..)
     
  9. dareckibmw

    dareckibmw MDL Expert

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    I have had many brand new computers that I have reinstalled do to bloat put in by OEM's including my 3 laptops and I just ignored those "recovery partitions" and installed OS on remaining partition. Didn't even bother with making recovery disc's.
     
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  10. urie

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    How can anyone possibly help you make backup disks when you cannot even read or explain was is written on the screen I do not understand why you even bought a computer in that came with Japanese language OS installed in the first place and if it was a mistake on companies part I would send it back considering it is new o_O
     
  11. PhaseDoubt

    PhaseDoubt MDL Expert

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    #11 PhaseDoubt, Apr 11, 2012
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    Backup of what? A system whose language you can't read? What would you do with the backup/image/restore disks/copy in the future, restore it back to a system whose language you can't read? That's exactly where you are currently. Do you want to ever go back to that ... not being able to read what's on the screen?

    Sounds like the perfect time to boot from a CD or DVD in your chosen language, wipe the drive and simply install what you want. I mean, what you have currently is not even close to working for you so things can only get better if you start from scratch. After you get the stable system you want, in a language you can read, make a system image for disaster recovery and move on.

    You can get everything you need from links supplied by this forum or from this forum itself.
     
  12. Hannibal Lecter

    Hannibal Lecter MDL Senior Member

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    You see? This is precisely what I mean. I ask a question and you keep on babbling, how stupid it all is.... What business is it of yours what I want it for ? If you cannot answer the question, why are you meddling around here, wasting other peoples time? Nobody asked YOU, I asked a question and it is not a crime if you cannot answer it. So, kindly stop bothering other people, yes? IF you would have bothered to read the thread you would have seen why I am doing this. But reading others posts is far below such a superior specialist as you are, isn't it?
     
  13. lordcom

    lordcom MDL Novice

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    Ok... First thing we have to know is, what's the manufacturer and model?

    Personally I would actually change out the harddrive and store the old one. So that's a sollution that doesn't require learning a new language or a klick & trial ordeal.

    Otherwise download Hiren Boot Cd and connect a usb-hdd and just boot off of the cd and do an image of the drive and store that somewhere.

    I would go with changing the drive, that keeps a lot of trouble out of the way if and when the computer has a meltdown.
     
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  14. PhaseDoubt

    PhaseDoubt MDL Expert

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    #14 PhaseDoubt, Apr 12, 2012
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    Let's hope somebody gives you the answer to your problem.

    Of course I'm with urie in post #10, "How can anyone possibly help you make backup disks when you cannot even read or explain was is written on the screen I do not understand why you even bought a computer in that came with Japanese language OS installed in the first place and if it was a mistake on companies part I would send it back considering it is new ".

    But as of right now 689 people have viewed you post and only four or five have actually responded. I'm certain someone will give you the solution to not being about to read Japanese, maybe one of the 689 will reconsider.

    I'm sorry you've gotten yourself into this situation, that sort of thing is always uncomfortable. It's obvious I'm unable to give you the answer you need so I'm outta here.

    Have a wonderful life and stay safe.
     
  15. urie

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    @ Hannibal Lecter, as already stated sent it back and as PhaseDoubt mentioned even if you managed to make recovery disks what good are they to you when you wont be able to read them if they are in Japanese another point people are just trying to give you suggestions but with your attitude I would not expect any more forth coming help.
     
  16. Hannibal Lecter

    Hannibal Lecter MDL Senior Member

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    I understand your comment, but allow me to point out that NO help has been coming forward, just a lot of wasted time. Here is why:

    All the questions asked to me would have been answered if everybody would have simply bothered to read my original question.... This here is Japan, and they ONLY sell Computers with the japanese version of 7 Home here....

    And, in case it interests you at all, I now have a solution for my problem. I got it in another forum, and it looks like this:

    "As you are writing this, you must be doing it on another computer. When it comes to systems restore disc, Ultimate and Home are no different. Simply run both computers, and follow what you do on your english computer on the japanese one......" Simple, wasn't it?

    Allow me one comment.... It is one of the bigger nuisances in Forums everywhere, that people cannot really try to understand an obvious question and answer to something completely different.
    As you can see, people may have reasons why they ask a particular question, and as much as any attempt to answer it is appreciated, it should try to answer the question that is actually asked.

    Still, everybody thank your for spending your time to try.
     
  17. dareckibmw

    dareckibmw MDL Expert

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    Brilliant! just a brilliant solution .....!!! buy another computer for ~600bucks so you could make restore disc of the other one :D

    Seriously, as I mentioned before; dont bother with creating restore dvd's, in many cases it fails (been there, done that) .... just install new OS on another partition right next to recovery partition. If you decided to restore your computer to original state then do it from there. How hard is that?!
     
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  18. Hannibal Lecter

    Hannibal Lecter MDL Senior Member

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    ...

    You have no idea what I do and why I am doing it...
    Your first sentence qualifies you for the idiots asylum....
    You have no idea what computer it is...
    You have no idea how much it cost...

    But you have an opinion.... great!
     
  19. dabits

    dabits Guest

    Can someone please close this thread :coffee: