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Windows 7/Restoring disk image after format



I have a question on after-formatting the computer. I use Windows 7 64 bit OS. Because of some hardware issues, in the past I needed to format my computer for a lot of times. The real problem comes during installing all software and applications again and again. It is very time consuming. I heard that there are some programs which can create some 'map' or 'image' of all the installed programs and when I reformat my computer, I simply use that image. In nutshell, what I am looking  is: when I want to format my 'C' partition, I will use one of such software and will enter into boot environment of the software and then I will select image of the partition to restore. And so I will get Windows and all programs installed on the system. A catch here is new system should become bootable and the software should not just copy data from image to newly formatted 'C' drive.

I am not a computer geek. So, can you suggest me what are these programs? I really need some advise on this. Thanks a lot in advance.

Hi Andrew!

There are many software packages that can do this, including Windows.

In Windows 7, go to Start and type 'backup' in the Search box of the Start Menu to get started.

Other software you could consider (not free):

One other that is not listed above but is free:

Feel free to contact me with any other questions.

Good luck!

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