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Windows 7 Home Premium has a System Image backup?

    Question

  • Windows Vista Home Premium didn't have Complete PC Backup like the Bussiness and Ultimate editions.

    Will Windows 7 Home Premium have the System Image backup (not file and folder backup) as Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate do?
    Saturday, June 27, 2009 6:11 PM

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  • Ok. I installed Windows Home Premium RC, and I can confirm that it can create an image backup on hard disk or DVD in Windows 7 Home Premium.

    For those who wonder how I did it. The image of Windows 7 Home Premium is on the RC DVD, but there is no option to install it from the wizard. So I used ImageX to apply it to my VM and voila! At least it says it is Windows 7 Home Premium and I noticed a few restrictions that are typical for Home Premium. For instance I cannot joint the system to a domain.
    Ray
    • Proposed as answer by NextXPertMVP Tuesday, June 30, 2009 4:14 PM
    • Marked as answer by nLinked Tuesday, June 30, 2009 5:55 PM
    Tuesday, June 30, 2009 4:14 PM

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  • nLinked,

    This chart on the Microsoft website doesn't show backup as a premium option.


    But this one shows it for all.
    Saturday, June 27, 2009 7:57 PM
  • Have seen similar charts and I think one of them pointed out that this time, Home Premium will have system image backup, but it won't allow backups to a network share.

    Now the only reason I would buy Pro edition is for System Image backup (it owns!), but if Home has it then that would save me some money.

    Really need clarification on this...
    Saturday, June 27, 2009 8:13 PM
  • nLinked,

    This chart on the Microsoft website doesn't show backup as a premium option.


    But this one shows it for all.

    I see "Backup & Restore" on the chart you mention but I assumed that means file backup & restore rather than full image?  Am I missing something? 

    This page shows that the System Image Backup feature is available in Professional & Ultimate.  I would like to buy 3 copies of Home Premium at the introductory upgrade price but want image backup as I have with Vista Ultimate.  Any further info will be appreciated.

    Sunday, June 28, 2009 7:40 AM
  • You found the answer yourself. Full image backup is only available in Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate/Enterprise. All other editions have the file backup & restore option only. Home Premium cannot do the image based backup.
    Ray
    Sunday, June 28, 2009 9:55 AM
  • nLinked,

    This chart on the Microsoft website doesn't show backup as a premium option.


    But this one shows it for all.

    I see "Backup & Restore" on the chart you mention but I assumed that means file backup & restore rather than full image?  Am I missing something? 

    This page shows that the System Image Backup feature is available in Professional & Ultimate.  I would like to buy 3 copies of Home Premium at the introductory upgrade price but want image backup as I have with Vista Ultimate.  Any further info will be appreciated.


    It is strange. This page on the other had says it applies to all editions :S 
    Sunday, June 28, 2009 11:26 AM
  • Have seen similar charts and I think one of them pointed out that this time, Home Premium will have system image backup, but it won't allow backups to a network share.

    Now the only reason I would buy Pro edition is for System Image backup (it owns!), but if Home has it then that would save me some money.

    Really need clarification on this...
    nLinked....  Based on the last link you posted and this one...

    System Image – “Applies to all editions of Windows 7”
    I think you are probably correct about the difference being that backups to a network share are only avialable on Professional & Ultimate but that a System Image backup can be made to a local drive in all editions.  If this turns out to be the "real" answer, I can live with Home Premium.  It would be nice if Microsoft would clearly show the difference on their various Windows 7 web pages.


    Sunday, June 28, 2009 6:49 PM
  • Ed Bott has an article that says it's only missing network backup on all the lesser versions.
    Sunday, June 28, 2009 6:53 PM
  • Ed Bott has an article that says it's only missing network backup on all the lesser versions.

    I think it's true then. Just looking on Wikipedia, go to the bottom and look at reference number 24:
    Manual System Image Backup to local hard disks or DVDs is available in all Windows 7 versions. Automatic scheduled backups and backups to network shares are not available in Home Premium, Home Basic, and Starter versions.

    Looks like it will be in Home Premium after all. That should save me some money. 7 is what Vista should have been...
    • Edited by nLinked Monday, June 29, 2009 12:55 AM
    Sunday, June 28, 2009 7:02 PM
  • dwolters...
    nLinked...

    Thanks for this info!  I consider it great news.
    Lynn
    Monday, June 29, 2009 12:54 AM
  • I am not sure that it will be included. If it is, great, if not, I suggest getting Acronis True Image Home Edition for 49.00 list (I have seen it for less). This will give you a far more robust image backup system for the same or less money than you will spend on Win 7 Professional. I have been running this on Win 7 RC with no problems.

    Windows 7 beta dual booting with VISTA Home Premium 2 GB memory 160 HD Gateway Laptop HP Officejet 6310 All-in One inkjet printer Verizon FIOS Internet Connection
    Tuesday, June 30, 2009 12:47 PM
  • Ok. I installed Windows Home Premium RC, and I can confirm that it can create an image backup on hard disk or DVD in Windows 7 Home Premium.

    For those who wonder how I did it. The image of Windows 7 Home Premium is on the RC DVD, but there is no option to install it from the wizard. So I used ImageX to apply it to my VM and voila! At least it says it is Windows 7 Home Premium and I noticed a few restrictions that are typical for Home Premium. For instance I cannot joint the system to a domain.
    Ray
    • Proposed as answer by NextXPertMVP Tuesday, June 30, 2009 4:14 PM
    • Marked as answer by nLinked Tuesday, June 30, 2009 5:55 PM
    Tuesday, June 30, 2009 4:14 PM
  • Ok. I installed Windows Home Premium RC, and I can confirm that it can create an image backup on hard disk or DVD in Windows 7 Home Premium.

    For those who wonder how I did it. The image of Windows 7 Home Premium is on the RC DVD, but there is no option to install it from the wizard. So I used ImageX to apply it to my VM and voila! At least it says it is Windows 7 Home Premium and I noticed a few restrictions that are typical for Home Premium. For instance I cannot joint the system to a domain.
    Ray



    Nice work ..now thats a real answer based on testing, not just speculation :)
    Tuesday, June 30, 2009 4:29 PM
  • Ok. I installed Windows Home Premium RC, and I can confirm that it can create an image backup on hard disk or DVD in Windows 7 Home Premium.

    For those who wonder how I did it. The image of Windows 7 Home Premium is on the RC DVD, but there is no option to install it from the wizard. So I used ImageX to apply it to my VM and voila! At least it says it is Windows 7 Home Premium and I noticed a few restrictions that are typical for Home Premium. For instance I cannot joint the system to a domain.
    Ray

    This is excellent news! I shall take this as my confirmation!
    Tuesday, June 30, 2009 5:55 PM
  • What's the command used to open/mount the image so you could use it?
    Saturday, October 24, 2009 5:32 PM
  • What's the command used to open/mount the image so you could use it?

    You can mount the image in Windows 7 from Disk Management's menus.
    Saturday, October 24, 2009 5:39 PM
  • I have just tried using the system image backup in Windows Home Premium and it says

    A system image is a copy of te drives required for Windows to run. You can use it to restore your computer if it stops working.

    This isn't what I understand as a full drive backup - so I will stick with Acronis
    Sunday, October 25, 2009 9:24 PM
  • I have just tried using the system image backup in Windows Home Premium and it says

    A system image is a copy of te drives required for Windows to run. You can use it to restore your computer if it stops working.

    This isn't what I understand as a full drive backup - so I will stick with Acronis

    It makes an exact image of the partition Windows is on, as well as any other partitions you select.
    Sunday, October 25, 2009 9:28 PM
  • Checked on the detailed description - you are correct - but I have found another problem in my case.
    Windows is being too clever - I have a multiple boot system at present (Vista, Windows 7 RC and Windows 7) with Vista and Windows 7 on different drives. The system backup backs up both the Vista and Windows 7 partitions so as to maintain the Master Boot record so that it will boot correctly.
    Looks as though I will need to install another hard drive so as to backup both.
    It is however an excellent solution.
    Monday, October 26, 2009 10:24 AM
  • Turns out W7's backup is terribly slow.  Useless for any real computer, but might be OK for a fresh install computer.
    Sunday, November 29, 2009 2:59 PM
  • is very slow for a freshly installed computer too!! It is horrible... Almost 24 hrs to get to 74% how can this be a good business decision?
    Saturday, December 11, 2010 7:38 AM