Windows XP and other installed software backup for later install

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Microsoft Windows XP
Office 2007
Need help to take a system back up of Windows XP desktop along with all installed drivers (printer, DVD player), and other programs like Office 2007, IE 7 etc. I had to reformat C drive & re-install all operating systems from original diskette due to serious and pesky virus. Everything is fine after 2 days of hard work. I would like to burn a CD or take a back up of the current system on an external drive so that if same thing happens I can just restore from this CD. Any help or suggestions will be highly appreciated. As a background, I installed XP from original CD, applied updates SP 2 and SP 3. Installed Lexmark printer driver from original CD & applied updates, installed DVD decoder & then applied updates, installed Office 2007 & then all updates etc. Lost all IE7 Bookmarks. My idea is to take a total system backup now so that I can easily install if I had to reformat the dive again. If it is easier to take the backup without the user data that is fine. I have user data backup. If there is an interest I will list the details of this spyware, the steps that I had to go thru & why I had to take this drastic step. Thank you in advance.

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If you can open the case, and if it will take another drive, you can use Clonezilla or a Linux cd (both are free) and clone the drive to the extra drive.
Then just pull that drive out and store it somewhere and if that HD fails or you just want to start over, put it back in and away you go.
I have four cloned drives sitting here ready to go, minus the user info and not joined to the domain. When a machine fails, I drop the drive in, re-name, join the domain and away I go.

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  • Findsarfaraz
    As you said that system has virus. Its not advisable to back and restore the system and virus wont go away. So, if you already have backup of your user data. Then format and reinstall the fresh copy of operating System and reinstall all the software. Also, before formatting ensure that you have media(CD/DVD) and license key number to install all software on your computer. Also, post installation of operating System install a good antivirus tool on computer and thoroughly scan user data to ensure that there is no existance of virus on computer. Regards, Sarfaraz Ahmed MS Excel help
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  • SbElectric
    Thank you Findsarfaraz for your suggestion. But I am now looking to backup my total system on a CD or DVD. Yes, I had a bad virus & spent lots of time, effort and frustration to get it back right. I do not have any virus now. How do I take total system backup now? So that I can restore from this backup in future (if something happens again).
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  • Chippy088
    I understand what you need. I had the same problem on my home 3 pc network. It was very annoying. I took 2 days reinstate everything as i wanted it, and swore it wouldn't happen again. I took a backup image (iso) of the clean systems, (minus av and firewall software, as they would go out of date before I had to restore the os again) and saved it to dvds. It took 5 discs for the one main pc. I used infra iso recorder040.exe to do the job. Just remember to keep the original install discs for everything you installed. If the image is reinstalled on the same pc it was created from, it doesn't ask you to register again. Dave
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  • 123456789101121213141516171819
    how to copy installedsoftwares and make cd without any virus
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