want to make bootable image of window 7 home premium 32bit

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Does Micorsoft provide a way in the os mentioned above that will make a bootable image of the hard drive
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( WAIK-http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=c7d4bc6d-15f3-4284-9123-679830d629f2&displaylang=en
1. First of all, you are to copy whole installation source in a single folder says C:\DVD_Data (your OS image can be either customized or untouched)

2. Now run WAIK Command Prompt as Administrator and execute the following command to make bootable ISO image.

oscdimg.exe –l<Disc_Label> -t<MM/DD/YYYY:HH:MM> -m -u2 –b<path_of_bootable_img_file> <path_of_installation_source> <path_with_filename_is_to_be_created>

oscdimg.exe -lMY_VISTA_DVD -t03/24/2009 -m -u2 -bC:\DVD_Data\Boot\etfsboot.com C:\DVD_Data C:\VISTA_DVD.ISO
3. Wait for completion and then burn the image to DVD at lower speed to get better results.

NerdsOfTechTechnology Scientist

When you say bootable image of the hard drive -- do you mean the OS disk or the exact image of the hard drive contents to be imaged?

If the latter of the two then, yes... it is called Windows 7 Backup and Restore Center.

This allows for a backup of your files and (optionally) a copy of your system disk.


Many people also will sometime use third party software such as Symantec Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image to achieve a hard drive "image" backup in lieu of this new capability.

The choice is yours!

Virux-Infiltrator: This doesn't answer the question, as it only makes a bootable DVD of the installation DVD.  The question was to make a bootable image of the hard drive.  

This sounds like you are trying to make a Live CD - such as found in many Linux distributions?

Microsoft does provide a way to do this called WinPE - it can also be found in the WAIK.  But it's not as straightforward as taking an image of your existing hard drive.  Instructions can be found at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766066(WS.10).aspx

There are several Windows 7 Live images out there in the wild - google is your friend. I have also seen various non-Microsoft methods of how to make such an image - BartPE, Winbuilder, etc. I would advise caution when considering any of this as they're all unofficial, unsupported and probably violate license agreements, terms of use, etc.

I figured out how to inject my custom .WIM image into a windows 7 oem DVD, repackage the .ISO and burn it to have my own....Custom Bootable Windows 7 DVD.
Please let me know if this is of use to any members.

thank you
matthew goodwin

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