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New Win7 pc setup/repair/recovery options


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#1 Raprider

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 08:27 AM

Hi all! Just received my new Dell Inspiron 620 yesterday and am working thru setup options.
One of the first things on my list is making sure I have the appropriate repair/recovery prep in hand for the inevitable ;)
All that came with the pc was a Drivers and Utilities cd.
So far, I have created a Repair Disk...do I also want/need to create a System Image?
What will this do for me?

I've only created the Administrator acct at this point, but will need to create at least one User acct for lovely wife (and it seems I should also be creating one for myself as well, and not using the Admin acct, from some things I've read).

Other setup tips and advice is greatly appreciated, as I've gotten quite a bit of great help from the fine folks here in the past.

Thanks for your help,
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Posted 16 July 2011 - 05:43 PM

Yes, creating a regular system image backup is a good idea (I backup weekly), and Windows 7 makes it very easy: How To Use Backup and Restore in Windows 7 :)

A laptop hard drive crashed the other day at work, and the owner is having to pay out the wazoo for data recovery services because she never backed anything up. Don't be lulled into a false sense of security just because everything seems to be working. You never know when the next hard drive crash, power surge, virus, etc. will catch you off guard and bork your system.

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 01:31 PM

Thanks, KeyboardNinja! I have an external hard drive on the way so will initiate system image and backup asap.

Anyplace you can point me for a good Win7 overview/tutorial?

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 03:43 PM

You're welcome! :)

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/what-is
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