Backup Windows 7 to bootable ISO


I would like to backup my Windows 7 OS to an ISO, this way if I need to redo my machine to what I had afer installing my software etc... then I don't have to do a million installs of software. Can this be done? if so, how?
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jhill777Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Create A System Image In Windows 7

1.  Click the Start Menu, at the top of the menu Click Getting Started, then on the side Click Back up your Files.

Note: You can also just type Back Up and Windows 7 Search should find the application

2.  In the Control Panel window that appears, Click the blue Create a system image link.

3.  The Create a system image window should pop-up.  Select which hard disk, dvd, or network location you are going to save your system image to.  Click Next to continue.

4.  On the next page we’ll keep with the basics for now, Check both your System and System Reserved drives.  Once you have selected the drives Click Next to continue.

Note: You can select as many drives as you want, but the more you choose to include means the larger the image size will be.

5.  The next window is just a review, make sure everything is correct then Click Start backup to start the process.  This can take several minutes so patience is required.

6.  After the backup completes, you’ll be prompted with the option to create a system repair disc.  This is a good idea just in case your system has any problems in the future.  Click Yes.

7.  Choose which Disc Recording drive you’ll be using to burn the disc.  Insert a blank CD or DVD to the physical drive and then Click Create disc.

All done!

Now you’re covered if your computer crashes, or if at some point you want a clean slate and return to the way your computer currently is.
asp_net2Author Commented:
no luck, it created multiple folders and files into a directory but did NOT produce a .ISO.
Once it creates the System Repair Disc, you can use a program like IMGBurn or Nero to create an ISO from that disc.
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asp_net2Author Commented:
Ok, so I followed your steps and the output is a folder called "WindowsImageBackup". PLease see the folder structure, not sure what to do next.

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So once that finishes that it should prompt you to create a disc, no?
asp_net2Author Commented:
yes, and i put a DVD in the drive and it copied the following folders to the DVD.

That should be a bootable dvd that will reload your system to that point if it ever crashes.  Download and install IMGBurn from and install.  You can then create an ISO from that disc.
*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
Little wonder what will you do with a bootable ISO cd?
What is your target?
asp_net2Author Commented:
well, i use PING to reimage machines but PING is not workig with a few of our HP models, we thought that if we created an ISO for one model then we could just use the ISO to image the rest of our HP models since PING will not.
*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
how many clients (total) do you have?
asp_net2Author Commented:
hit and miss, could be 1 - 100 depending on what models are available at the time they are hired.
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