Solved Make a Digital Copy of my activated win7 install.

Micro-star international / Ms-7100
November 21, 2013 at 01:27:02
Specs: Win7, 4GB
I have a digital download of my win7.
I'd like to 'add' to this download the files that make my install activated.

Which files from my pc do I need to copy to the digital download so that when I reinstall it is already activated.

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November 21, 2013 at 03:48:16
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Install Windows 7 and activate it.

Then use disk-imaging software to create an image of the Windows partition . You will need a second hard drive (I use an external one for this task) on which to save the disk image.

Windows 7 has disk-imaging utility built-in:
Control Panel > Backup & Restore > Create a System Image

When that's done, you must then make a boot CD:
Control Panel > Backup & Restore > Create a System Repair Disc

When you need to re-install Windows (eg if the hard drive fails or you can't fix a Windows error), boot your PC from that repair CD and you'll be able to access the system image and do a restore from it.

When the restore is complete, Windows will already be activated, and restoring Windows that way is a darn sight quicker than re-installing from scratch, plus you won't have to restore all your Windows settings & preferences or re-install your third-party applications.

Please note however, that the system image will be no good if you subsequently install a new motherboard. Then you must re-install Windows from scratch from the DVD.

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November 21, 2013 at 10:08:51

The OP doesn't have a DVD.


I am guessing the digital download is an ISO, but I have no experience with buying Windows that way. If it is an ISO you can create a bootable DVDR by using any number of burning programs, like Nero.

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November 21, 2013 at 10:21:23
hey OTH,your almost fixtures and fittings here now :)

actually phil22 sounds about spot on :)
spot on but not right for what I wanted :(

back in the day with XP you could copy 2 files from your activated installation,insert them into a copy of XP,make a bootable CD and when you installed this CD XP was already activated.

thought there might be a way of doing this to my digital download?
Digital copy is just basically a copied DVD.

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