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Does restore of image back up of windows 7 different than clean installation?

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If I restore image backup done in Symantec or Acronis works same like clean installation, for the same laptop(no difference in hardware), or it will work slow?
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If you make the image properly, then restoring the image with either Symantec or Acronis will work exactly like it did when you created the image. Restored images are not slow just because they were restored.

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Or to expand on thinkpad's comment, it depends on when you made the image. If you made it when the PC was slow already, restoring it will give you a system that runs as slow as when you made it.

A clean installation on the other hand doesn't include any software etc that you installed between when you got the PC or installed it the first time, and when you made your image. So generally a system runs faster then as there is no extra ballast included.
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The goal of a good image is to (a) save time on other computers by not having to load all the software again and (b) put the computer back into proper operation after a user hoses it by clicking on dodgy sites. So make the image early after a software has been loaded and you should be fine.

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It also makes sense to keep more than one image, and to make one before you intend to install new software or make larger changes.
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of course, if the pc was running slow when the image was made - restoring this will also result in a slow running one

why do you ask this?  did it run slow?  then you may have hardware problems: ram, bad disk , or bad disk sectors, motherboard...
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it will be like fresh installation
with all the required software
except that you will have to install windows updates and antivirus definitions

Using Universal restore of Acronis you can deploy the same image created earlier with acronis to any different hardware
works perfectly fine
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@ihab_h - Thanks and I was happy to assist.   ... Thinkpads_User
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