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    Recently I purchased an inexpensive PC for my nephew to use when visiting us. The PC came pre-loaded with Win7 Home and included a COA sticker with a license key number but with no OS media. What is the recommended approach for backing up the OS so that it can be reinstalled in the event of a HD failure (something I have had considerable experience with over the past twenty years with various machines).

    Thanks, in advance for advice and suggestions.

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    The first thing to do would be to go here, (Digital River), and download a copy of the OS you currently have. This way you'll at least have an installation in ISO format that can be clean installed if needed. (download the ISO and burn it to DVD)

    For backup you'll have many image based backup options available to you and many are free.

    You'll also need a place to store those backup on, an external drive would be preferable.


    I recommend making an image and testing it before testing that install disk
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henrik37 View Post
    Recently I purchased an inexpensive PC for my nephew to use when visiting us. The PC came pre-loaded with Win7 Home and included a COA sticker with a license key number but with no OS media. What is the recommended approach for backing up the OS so that it can be reinstalled in the event of a HD failure (something I have had considerable experience with over the past twenty years with various machines).

    Thanks, in advance for advice and suggestions.
    Obviously, and as CLiNT says in his #2 post, you'll need somewhere to store backups such as an external USB HDD.

    Win7 has a very good "Backup and Restore" feature (see Control Panel) you could use to backup files and make system images easily.
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    Although I can't remember the keystrokes, one can also make a USB stick [needs to be 16GB at least] -- which when booted, it can give one options for repair, etc.
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
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    In addition to Clint's suggestion of creating a bootable install disk, in All Programs look for an item with the computer maker's name and expand that - it should give you the option to create a set of OEM Recovery disks which when booted up with will factory reset the computer, but creating regular system images to external media is always a good safeguard to restore a computer and can also be used to bring the computer back up to date should you ever need to use those Recovery disks.

    Also create a Repair disk which when used to boot up with will get you into the Advanced Boot options you would normally access by tapping F8 or the computer's combo as you switch on.

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    I use a CloudBacko service for my backup. CloudBacko - it's free and they allow you unlimited storage and they support just about every platform in the world. You can check here http://free.cloudbacko.com/?r=1d

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    what if the cloud rains?
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
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    I can't recommend cloud backup as the only means of backup.
    One should always have possession and 100% control over one's data.
    Cloud based backup is only good when used as an adjunct and not the sole means of backup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    ...One should always have possession and 100% control over one's data...
    Hear, hear, I second you on that CLiNT!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    The first thing to do would be to go here, (Digital River), and download a copy of the OS you currently have. This way you'll at least have an installation in ISO format that can be clean installed if needed. (download the ISO and burn it to DVD)
    Downloads from Digital River have been available for several years, but a resource like this will not be available forever. Don't wait until you need it, and then start looking for it. You may not be able to remember the name or you may not be able to find the link. Do it while the downloads are still available, and while you have the link.

    DO IT NOW!

    Also, Microsoft has a free tool called Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool. I'm not sure why they put Download in the name, it doesn't help with the download, but if you have an iso, it will burn it to a DVD, or install it on a bootable USB thumb drive.

    If you use Chocolatey, the command is
    choco install wudt

    If you don't use Chocolatey, do an internet search on
    Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool
    Be sure to check that the site you are going to is really a Microsoft site, and not a scam site pretending to be a Microsoft site. Okay, the Microsoft site is:
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downl...-download-tool
    Then Microsoft will serve you up a curve ball. The site you will link to to download it from is:
    http://wudt.codeplex.com/

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