Windows Vista Thread, Image laptop to DVD for use as recovery disk.. help in Technical; We have purchased 2 laptops this year to give to pupils under the school's 'rewards system'.
We are giving them ...
7th July 2009, 05:54 PM #1
Image laptop to DVD for use as recovery disk.. help
We have purchased 2 laptops this year to give to pupils under the school's 'rewards system'.
We are giving them out under the condition that we will not be carrying out any repairs etc to the system once handed over - as we will become a free laptop repair centre in no time!
Is there a way that I can take an image of the machine (as it comes from the factory) and then save this to a DVD, that can EASILY be restored by the user if the machine needs it in future?
We thought of taking a WDS image and buring to DVD, and then issuing a WDS boot CD - would this work?
Any ideas appreciated!....
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7th July 2009, 06:11 PM #2
- Rep Power
MCDST and you need to ask? lol
7th July 2009, 06:28 PM #3
I always do this when I buy a new laptop as the trend for not issuing recovery CD's or even OS media is starting to grow. Never had a problem with it and WDS would be my preferred method as well. Obviously it will depend on the size of the image as a lot of manufacturers fill new systems with so much rubbish these days.
7th July 2009, 06:51 PM #4
Didn't they come with recovery discs?
7th July 2009, 06:53 PM #5
Or did it come with a recovery partition.
7th July 2009, 07:08 PM #6
More than likely a recovery partition
7th July 2009, 09:45 PM #7
- Rep Power
You could create an image with Microsoft ImageX and stick it on a Windows PE dvd
You can fully automate the reformat of hard drive and apply image
Thanks to edwardjrobertson from:
adamchapman (8th July 2009)
8th July 2009, 04:38 PM #8
Free & Simple, worth looking at .
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8th July 2009, 05:22 PM #9
That's what I'd do; it's a trivial batch file to do a diskpart to wipe everything and create a new partition and then an imagex /apply to put the .wim file back.
Originally Posted by edwardjrobertson
Doesn't cost anything and is using standard MS tools.
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