Creating System Image

How do I create a backup of a fresh install of Windows 7, complete with all drivers, etc., but no documents or apps? I’d like to be able to have a backup in case something goes wrong, but not have to go all the way back to my Windows 7 DVD.

Ideally I’d be able to get it to fit onto an 8GB USB stick, but if I needed a larger one that’s easy enough to pick up.

macrium reflect free or the system image built into windows 7.

I recently had to do this for a bunch of machines, and made a thread about it… Maybe a week or two ago.

I went with clonezilla. It was super fast and light weight.

Took maybe ten minutes to image the system. I highly recommend it.

The thread in question:
http://www.quartertothree.com/game-talk/showthread.php?t=69362