What is the best way to create a reusable image of a clean Windows installation?
Posted on 2014-11-03
I've had many unsolved problems on my machine lately and have finally decided to re-install Windows. I'm running Windows 7 Professional (64 bit) and will install the same OS. I'd like to save an image of the installation to skip over the tedious installation process. So my big question is, what tool would be the best for doing this and, as a follow-on, at what point in the re-installation should I create the image? My options seem to be 1) Immediately after installation and having downloaded all the updates and activated. 2) When I have modified the OS for my environment like re-assigning special folders, removing arrows from short cuts, setting up my wallpaper, etc. or 3) After I've installed and configured my applications, for example Outlook. I use a lot of email addresses and being able to restore a working and configured Outlook instance would be great.