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Backup windows to ISO file

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I have installed a copy of windows on pc, I made some changes, including Installing drivers, etc..., I want to create ISO file to the current OS with all it's change, so, when I install the windows again using that ISO, it install all the drivers automatically.
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Essentially you have 3 choices:

1) A slipstream disc
I recommend Nlite for this, you can build an install with license, drivers etc built in. Its is more for quick deployments later, but a great utility.
http://www.nliteos.com/

2) Sysprep
Sysprep is a little closer to a full deployment package. Its great as well.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302577

3) A Snapshot
Last you can snap shot it. Something like Todo can make a sector-by-sector back up, for a drive or partition. When you rebuild from this it is just another mirror from disk to drive!
http://www.todo-backup.com/
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Looks like you want to take a snap shot of your current drive. there are two ways.

1. Have a look at Acronis Home which can burn to DVD as well as Symantec Ghost. Both are however paid products.

2. If you really wanted to perform an unattended installation with drivers and software and put this on DVD, this is quite the task. However this link provides a good start to provide you with instructions to do so:
http://unattended.msfn.org/unattended.xp/
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by:Suliman Abu Kharroub
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you can use windows backup and restore, create system image.
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by:Mohamed Abowarda
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@Sulimanw: That's not possible in Windows XP.
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by:Mohamed Abowarda
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Thanks all
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by:Suliman Abu Kharroub
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sorry , I thougt it is widnows 7 machine because i reached this qusiotn throw windows 7 zone.

it is doable only on windows 7.

as suggested above, you can use Acronis or NLite to do so.
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by:Mohamed Abowarda
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@Sulimanw: Thanks, I have also found software called "Windows Unattended CD Creator".
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