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Remastersys is a tool that can be used with an existing Debian,Ubuntu or derivative installation and with it you can make a full system backup including personal data to a live cd or dvd that you can use anywhere and install.

http://www.remastersys.klikit-linux.com/ 

My question is : Can I make the same thing with Windows Vista ? How ?

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No, not really. With Vista you'd normally have licensing issues as the activated installation is licensed to run on that particular PC only. If your Vista installation was of a liveCD type you'd be breaching your windows license agreement. There might be some special cases if you have Volume Licenses.

Also, Vista would have driver problems if run on different hardware. Linux Distro's like Ubuntu on the other hand come with general kernels and modules that already are compatible with most hardware available built in. Vista does come with a new version of WindowsPE, so using that you could make some kind of "LiveCD". For that check the windows WAIK.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=c7d4bc6d-15f3-4284-9123-679830d629f2

And for the user profile, you could use "Windows Easy Transfer" which allows you to migrate user settings and files to another PC or back them up. This utility comes with Vista.
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I've found an easier solution by myself with Macrium Reflect. It makes the image of my partition and a rescue cd with grub installed. When Windows will be damaged,I will make the boot with it and I will restore a working image of Vista.
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But that isn't really a "LiveCD", it is more an Imaging tool like there are many around, eg systemrescuecd, or linux pmagic etc. You wouldn't be able to run your Vista directly from that CD, and if you restore the image to different types of hardware, you'd also have activation issues after the restore.
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you are right :

I've found this useful article about how to make a Vista SP1 Slipstream Installation DVD :

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/151606-vista-sp1-slipstream-installation-dvd.html

my question is : how can I include user profiles inside the LiveCD ?

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I don't know if you can do that. If you can,  then it'll be explained in the WAIK package somewhere (the Link I posted in the first post).
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I think that it's not possible to make what I want with Windows WAIK,but thanks anyway.
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