STEPS to capture windows image

Hello experts,

I have a reference laptop and I want to capture the windows image of the laptop manually.

What do I need to do this?
Any steps that will help.
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NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
A popular, free, easy to use 3rd party program is DriveImage XML
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
We use Symantec Ghost for our clients. Easy to build a bootable image and easy to restore if needed.
Windows 7 has this built-in. Open the Control Panel, select "Backup and Restore", and then click on "Create a system image". Then just follow the instructions you get. You can slect between "In an HD, DVD's or a network location" for the place you want to store the image on. Usually a USB disk or network location would be what one would choose.

For restoring the image you will also need the Windows 7 installation DVD to boot from. As most PC's don't come with installation DVD's, you will have to make something by yourself. For example you can use the Option "Create a system repair disc", which is the other option just below the system image in the "Backup and Restore" of the Control Panel. For that you will need an empty CD or DVD. The repair disc can also be used to fix boot problems etc with your OS.

Personally though I prefer using 3rd party tools, like CloneZilla, which is OpenSource and free, or Paragon's backup and recovery utility, of which there is also a free version, but that you can only use if your PC is for private use, and not for business use. CloneZilla is included on the PCRepix LiveDVD (you boot the PC from the DVD, then when the desktop opens, click on the CloneZilla icon). The rest after that is pretty straightforward, just follow the prompts. Also for that you need a USB disk or network location to store the image on. Paragon's utility on the other hand can be installed on the PC as a program, then you use the media builder to create a bootable CD or USB stick (that is needed to restore the image), and after that just use the backup tool to backup the system to a USB disk or LAN location.
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FOXActive Directory/Exchange EngineerCommented:
If this image is for your enterprise environment you can also use Microsoft Deployment toolkit with ImageX to create your .wim file which is great if you are also using SCCM or any other high level windows solution to push out machines.  I have attached a link on MDT below.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Your image MUST be created using a Volume License based Windows install.  No other versions of Windows are supported for End User imaging.

You must build the image in Audit mode.

After you have built the image, you MUST - ABSOLUTELY MUST - use Sysprep to seal the image.

Once sealed, you can capture it any way you like.  I prefer using Windows Deployment Services.  But technically, you can also use ImageX or really ANY third party imaging/cloning software.  BUT check the licensing.
SR ZakNetwork Solutions Author Commented:
I have MDT ENVIRONMENT but the issue is the surface tablet could not pic up the ip address. That's the reason I am looking for manual way. Any ways how can I do this manually.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
The surface is not a laptop.  You said Laptop.  Providing details helps you get a faster solution.
(You're still missing details, but until you provide them, here's one possibility).

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