Originally Posted by A9X-308
No need for a CD: you can DL Windows free from MS and use your existing key. Only advantage to buying a manufacturer CD is if it has all drivers etc. But you don't know if they're current so probably no advantage to just doing it all manually.
You can also back up your C drive once you have it the way you want with some free drive imaging programs. Here's an example how to
Hello Mate can I use a different PC to download the backup copy of Win7
home premium from MSN.com then burn a CD then use the keycode on
both of my Win7 machines I have the key code for both PC’s?
I have a very slow internet connection it starts at 144Mbps then drops to 1Mpbs
However I have 5 bars of signal quality this is another reason I would like to
Clone current HDD BTW in PC terminologly is clone and image the same?
The imaging programs link is very interesting however I believe I’m using my
OS HDD just for OS and programs I think I have My Docs and other stuff on
Storage drives. This is another reason I want a spare (smaller faster) HDD so
I can reuse the current OS HDD which is 1TB as a storage drive then have a
OS HDD and another for a spare.
off topic what is Jessie Williams doing these days? I’m thinking
he’s a National Hero down under?
Two time national champion football player w/ Alabama Crimson Tide.
Bench pressing 600Lbs.
Originally Posted by Mac25
I always have the installation dvd for every pc I have ever owned and suggest everyone have it handy just in case, I prefer the dvd from Microsoft to avoid bloatware that most all manufactures load to an os dvd, then download all needed drivers for it and store them somewhere, if you have to pay to get it then do so, avoid fleabay if at all possible.
since windows vista all versions of windows above the 'home version' have the capability to create an os image to be stored on another hard drive in case of failure of some sort, after the Image process you are given the opportunity to create a bootable recovery dvd to be used to re-image the os even to a different hard drive, just remember you cant create an image of say a 500 gb hard drive then expect to use the recovery process and re-image to say a 100 gb hard drive as the partition information will be different, very few need an os hard drive over 120 gb anyway as it takes longer to image and recover, I keep all my important information and large data files on another hard drive any way.
windows built in imaging works very well, its native to windows and you are not tied to any other applications for the recovery process.
the laptop you linked to was built for windows xp, doesn't have a hard drive or a hard drive caddy and is really to old for vista or above os.
What is Smart ? ill link it instead of paste here.
On my laptop (which is my most used PC) I have the OS HDD ridded of
bloatware and have the extra programs installed I then created a DVD backup
which took 5DVDs when I created a DVD backup for the HTPC (which
doesn’t have a lot of programs) only one DVD was required.
Still I don’t trust any OS DVD that I mayhave created or can I test
These OS backup DVDs like disconnect the current OS HDD
Install a new blank HDD and install W7 from the backup to the new
Thanks Guy’s for advice STB