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Will Windows 7 still be "legal" after using Clonezilla or Ghost?

I have a legal OEM copy of Windows 7 Home Premium, currently installed and running, and would like to back up its partition using Clonezilla or some other Ghost-like tool. The intent is to be able to restore the image some time in the future if/when my system becomes unstable.

My first question is this: Will a restore event somehow invalidate my access to updates from MS, or tag it as illegal?

Second question: What is a good open-source partition/disk backup utility besides Clonezilla?
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  1. Best answer
    1. As long as it's on the same hardware, you're fine.
  2. USAFRet said:
    1. As long as it's on the same hardware, you're fine.


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  3. teddymines said:
    I have a legal OEM copy of Windows 7 Home Premium, currently installed and running, and would like to back up its partition using Clonezilla or some other Ghost-like tool. The intent is to be able to restore the image some time in the future if/when my system becomes unstable.

    My first question is this: Will a restore event somehow invalidate my access to updates from MS, or tag it as illegal?

    Second question: What is a good open-source partition/disk backup utility besides Clonezilla?
    As USAFRet says, it is within the license. I have done it many many times and never had to reactivate. I generally use Ghost 15, but EaseUS Todo backup works well and is free. I would recommend make a system repair disc (just type that in the start button program search box and use one CD with the wizard) as about once every dozen or so time I need to slip it in to repair the SRP if I am swapping OS drives to a larger SSD, and that too is within the license as long as the other hardware (principally the motherboard) remains the same.
  4. Thanks. Besides EaseUS Todo backup, are there other free solutions that allow booting off a CD or flash drive?
  5. You can install Windows 7 from a USB stick, but Windows 7 cannot be booted from one. To use a USB installer stick Google the Microsoft USB Windows 7 Tool.

    Linux can and Windows 8 has an Enterprise tool that can do it, but that will not be available to consumers.
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