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    Vista upgrading to Win 7 - can I make a slipstream disc after the upgrade?

    (if this is already on the forum - I couldn't find it - please point me to it? thanks!)

    I have a Dell laptop with OEM of Vista. Upgrading to Win7 SP1. Once it's done, is there a way/instructions for slipstreaming the final installation so if I have to reinstall I won't have to go thru the whole process of reinstalling Vista from the recovery partition, and THEN upgrading again?

    I've seen posts for creating regular slipstreams if you have the full installation disc, but since my only DISC copy is the Win7 UPgrade, how will that work?

    Thanks for any help, any redirections to existing information

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    Mr. Molio,

    Why bother with a Slip Stream when you can do an Image backup after the Installation and all your programs and windows updates have been installed. Then you have a much more useful backup that can be restored in a few minutes. You can keep this one image on a permanent basis if you wish then make a series of Images on some regular schedule, say 3, and then delete the oldest one each time you create a new one. That way you're never very far away from a fully functioning system should your HD fail or just get seriously messed up. See this post for instructions on creating a Self-Booting USB Hard Drive that uses the Free version of Macrium Reflect for a one device backup solution.
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    Imaging is the Gold Standard for whole system backups. I personally use Acronis True Image 2013 and highly recommend it. With Imaging you can forget about the Recovery partition or recovery disks. You do not need them

    I would definitely back up any data you already have, then do a Custom (Clean) Install of Win 7.The Upgrade Install carries some risk of not working properly, especially if there are any problems with the original OS
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    You can get a full official download of WIN7 with SP1 from digital river (I don't have the web site handy but you can Google it).
    If you ever need to use it you just enter the Key code from your upgrade.
    However i agree making a image is a far better option.
    Windows 7 has a built in program to make a image under the back up options if you don't want to use a third party program.
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    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
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    Thanks, all, for the responses! I had considered a full image, but the drive is 250 GB, and I don't want to have to buy a second drive to backup to if I don't need to. I regularly backup all of my files, but just wanted a way to return to a clean install. I'm not that familiar with re-partitioning, so not sure about that as an option before saving an image.

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    A system Image only Images the used portion of the HD. For example my HD is 320 GB divided into 2 partitions. The OS partition is approx. 75 Gb with approx. 35 GB used. My latest Image of the OS partition is approx. 15.5 GB large. I can save numerous Images on my 1 TB Ext HD.

    When I create an Image I first clean up all temp files, History, Cookies, log files, etc. I then run a defrag/optimize (I do not have an SSD drive), then run my Image creating from my Acronis Rescue Boot Disk (I could create the Image from within Windows, but choose to create them from the Rescue Boot Disk) I create a new Image after each patch Tuesday so my Images are Up to Date, but also keep several previous Images.
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    Thanks, Medico!

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    You are very welcome.
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