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I want to make an "image" of my system..

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    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 (64 bit)

    I want to make an "image" of my system..


    I downloaded RecImg Manager because I thought it would make an image of my system just after I removed all the crap and bloat that comes with an HP laptop. When I went to restore this image with RecImg Manager, it basically is no more then doing a "refresh" with Windows (keeping everything I currently have too), which I don't want. I want to restore my laptop to a date in the past, when I have removed the crap ware and bloat programs.

    I want to save an image with just pure Windows 8 or 8.1 and be able to return to that image when I need to. Is there a program that does that? Or, am I maybe using RecImg Manager wrong?

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    I would highly recommend Macrium Reflect Free edition it will create images as you like and restore to the exact condition as was present when the image was created.
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    Posts : 112
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    I would highly recommend Macrium Reflect Free edition it will create images as you like and restore to the exact condition as was present when the image was created.
    Clint; does Macrium Free allow OS backup only, like the op wants ? In other words, choose not to backup My Docs, My Music, etc in order to make smaller image ? I think older Free editions were full disk backup only. I see a new v6 version just came out a couple weeks back.
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    Windows 8.1 (64 bit)


    Yeah, I want to "reset" to my current Win 8.1 OS, BUT, without all the bloatware that it came with and gets re-installed when you do a normal "system reset".

    I have spent an hour deleting all the crap software and now am looking at a clean Win 8.1 OS, with all current "important" MS updates only. I want to return to this OS in the future by doing a system reset with my clean image. No documents or my software added, as I have that saved to a thumbdrive and can reinstall it easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by probe View Post
    Yeah, I want to "reset" to my current Win 8.1 OS, BUT, without all the bloatware that it came with and gets re-installed when you do a normal "system reset".

    I have spent an hour deleting all the crap software and now am looking at a clean Win 8.1 OS, with all current "important" MS updates only. I want to return to this OS in the future by doing a system reset with my clean image. No documents or my software added, as I have that saved to a thumbdrive and can reinstall it easily.
    Yes if you take an image of a disk, when you restore it, it will be exactly as it was when you created the Image.
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    Windows 8.1 (64 bit)


    Right, and I'm wondering what to use to restore it if and when the need to do so arises. Is there a command line where Windows 8.1 will restore it? Or, should I use Macrium Reflect, will it restore just the OS the way I have it now?
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    Few points to consider about using Macrium Reflect (MR) ...

    MR allows for either (1) image backups (entire contents of one or more partitions), or (2) file/folder backups (selective files and folders). It does not provide the capability to ONLY backup the operating system components. I know of no third-party backup tool that DOES.

    You can not do an MR image restore from the command line, or while running the OS; instead, you make an MR boot CD/USB, boot from that, and use that to do a restore.

    The MR image restore rewrites the entire partition that was backed up, not just selective files; so basically, there is no way, using MR, to backup/restore only the operating system components.

    Actually ... Windows System Restore is supposed to do just that ... backup/restore the operating system components, as it does not back up user files or folders.
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    Good Macrium tutorial by WHS here: Imaging with free Macrium
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    Ther are sevral imaging programs with good free versions.

    I use Aomei mostly. It has a lot of functions you don't get anywhere else. Restore to different hardware, for example.

    Best Free Backup Software for Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8, Windows 7, Vista, XP

    However, Paragon is the only freebie imaging program to allow excluding files/folders from an image, which is a useful feature.

    https://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/

    Macrium works fine, but doesn't have those extra features.

    Macrium Reflect Free

    There are some others as well, e.g a cut down acronis for users of WD/seagate drives, Easeus also does one. Not sure if O&O have a free version, etc.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro, on Bootcamp


    How does Acronis rank among these programs?
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