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Keep Win7 Back-up Image?


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#1 Artbuc

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Posted 25 September 2015 - 03:38 AM

I have a couple Macrium Reflect back-up images I made before upgrading to 10. At this point I am fully committed to 10. Are there any reasons to keep the Win 7 images? They are stored on an external HD which has lots of free space but I like to get rid of stuff I do not need just to keep my life simple and uncluttered. Thanks.

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Posted 25 September 2015 - 05:57 AM

You do not absolutely need those system images of Windows 7 since you state that you are committed to Windows 10, but if you can afford the space, it does no harm to keep them for a few extra months. Do you have installation media of just Windows 7 OS itself, like an ISO on a DVD or a USB? If not, go ahead and keep your Windows 7 system images a few more moths until you really see everything about Windows 10.


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Posted 25 September 2015 - 09:58 AM

Do you have installation media of just Windows 7 OS itself, like an ISO on a DVD or a USB?

 

Yes, I have an OEM DVD which should be ok to reinstall on the same machine. 



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Posted 25 September 2015 - 10:01 AM

What about storing said images on a USB flash drive, labeling it on the outside, sticking it into your software drawer?


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Posted 25 September 2015 - 10:09 AM

 

Do you have installation media of just Windows 7 OS itself, like an ISO on a DVD or a USB?

 

Yes, I have an OEM DVD which should be ok to reinstall on the same machine. 

 

 

 

I vote to just delete those system images. They are just taking up space at this point.


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Posted 25 September 2015 - 10:12 AM

What about storing said images on a USB flash drive, labeling it on the outside, sticking it into your software drawer?

I do not have a USB flash drive and it is not worth spending $$ to get one when I have tons of space available on my external HD.



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Posted 25 September 2015 - 05:22 PM

I save everything - I still have 5¼" and 3½" floppies with programs on them from the DOS days.

But if you don't need it, then feel free to get rid of it.  The only concern is whether you'll need it in the future or not.

 

For W10 - if the system is activated with Microsoft, you can just reinstall it again.

I've done 4 clean installations of previously activated systems without entering a product key.

I bypass the 2 screens that ask for it, and when I get into the OS, it's already activated (as long as it's connected to the web while doing this).


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