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Hi experts,

I brought a new PC where in i installed many softwares. If something wrong happens, i need to format the PC and reinstall all those softwares again that consumes a lot of my time.

please guide me as to how can i avoid installing all those softwares all again in a new formatted pc, somthing like making an image or a norton ghost file or any other way..

I am using Win 7 Pro 32 bit just in case if that is useful to you..

inputs appreciated..

thanks much!
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Why not just use Windows backup - Free, included with Windows, can be restored by booting to the win7 CD, and image based.
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by:Jackie Man
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I will recommend that you shall try acorns true image home 2011.

Although it is not free, but it is very user-friendly and easy to use.

http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/index.html
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>>  please guide me as to how can i avoid installing all those softwares all again in a new formatted pc,  <<   some notes  :
you can restore images with the software mentioned above to the same PC
however, if you want to move it to other hardware, you'll need something more powerful like :
paragon adaptive restore :  http://www.paragon-software.com/business/adaptiverestore/
or acronis universal restore
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by:joeyjackson
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The good news is you don't need to purchase any software.  Configure your PC the way you want it, then create a system image:

1. Go to the Control Panel, under System and Security open the Backup your computer option.
2. Click the  “Create an image backup” link
3. Select the destination drive or Optical drive or network location to store backup files.
4.Click Next to include/exclude drives in the image backup .Note that the disk that Windows is installed on will always be included in the backup. You cannot include the disk to which you are saving the backup.
5 .After finishing the backup process Windows 7 prompts you an option to create a recovery CD so that you can restore the created image using the bootable recovery disc.

I have a second smaller hard drive which I back up my system image to, I also have windows create a new image every few weeks, that way if I've done updates to my system, they are recorded in the image, and if I need to restore the drive, I only loose a few weeks.

The wizard is pretty straight forward.

I really hope that helps you.
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click start > all programs > maintenance > backup and restore > click create a system image.

In the event of a crash, use your installation  disc together with your system image disc to restore your computer.

 If you want to use image on different computer with different HAL (Hardware abstraction.Layer) use acronis
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Thank you much.    : )
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