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

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September 10, 2013 7:19:20 AM

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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September 10, 2013 7:25:46 AM

1. As long as it's on the same hardware, you're fine.
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September 10, 2013 7:28:44 AM

USAFRet said:
1. As long as it's on the same hardware, you're fine.


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September 10, 2013 7:30:46 AM

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.

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September 10, 2013 8:14:26 AM

Thanks. Besides EaseUS Todo backup, are there other free solutions that allow booting off a CD or flash drive?
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September 10, 2013 12:03:45 PM

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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