How to restore a pc quickly

Posted on 2011-10-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Good day

I am a tech in a school and 1 problem I am experiencing a lot is having to restore machines back to factory settings due to some virus or spyware issue that gets out of control and the best thing is to go back to factory settings....

my main issue with this is that it takes too takes about 45 minutes with the lenovo machines we have to restore then another 15 - 20 minutes to reinstall word, mac affee, etc....

is there a way for me to restore the machines without having to reinstall the word etc....

is there some way where it can be reinstalled where i can have word and mac afee etc installed on it already....

i think i heard someone speak of cloning a machine but i don't really know about that??

is there a way to go about this???
Question by:slingingshot15
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    Have you tried using a software for imaging your partition sets?
    basically the same as ghosting.

    here's an example and some more info
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    how about deep freeze
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    We have solved the problem with HDGUARD.
    Have a look:
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    in short, install all the software fresh on 1 system -   then clone the drive
    if all the pc's have the same hardware, you can put the clone on all -  but you'll have to change the software key codes, so it is not very straight forward
    But if you make a clone of EVERY PC, you can use that
    i restored my pc in less than 15 minutes with the free Paragon  soft :      

    but i must add i use an SSD...

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    what u mean by change the software keycodes??
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    when you install windows, or any commercial software, you have to use a unique key code - and that cannot be used on multiple PC's
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    by:Kyle Abrahams
    unless you have a corporate or site license for the software, which usually has the same key.

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