Toshiba Satellite L655 - Re-Installing Windows

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HI,

I have a 4 year old(ish) Toshiba Satellite L655 - Laptop.

Every few months I "wipe" the machine clean and re-install Windows 7 from 3 disks.
This is my way of keeping my PC free from virus and general clutter.
(I use google drive to hold documents).

QUESTION: Is it possible for me to configure my PC so that I am NOT dependent on the 3 disks (for re-installing).  E.g. can I someone re-install from a "partition" or something??

I am no expert in this area!
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How were the disks created?

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Good question!

I think (?) that I probably created them from the PC in the first place - perhaps 3 years ago - can't remember.

They are NOT branded disks and so therefore did NOT come with the PC when I bought it.
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The easiest way I can think of is:
1. reinstall your system from your disks, then set it up just the way you like it, including software, activations etc
2. use Windows Backup to take a system image. Here's a guide: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/4241/how-to-create-a-system-image-in-windows-7/

In several months, when you want to reinstall Windows, don't. Just restore the previously created image and you'll have the system just as fresh installed.

HTH,
Dan
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Thanks Dan,  I will try this later today!
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personally, i use the free paragon software for making images, and restoring them - after setting up the PC completely first
      http://www.paragon-software.com/free/

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Thanks, I did as advised.

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