1.    22 Mar 2017 #1
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    How can I backup the whole system?


    Hello,

    Long story short I just got myself a brand new Laptop that comes with Windows 10 64-bit pre-installed, however, I don't wish to use Windows 10 and would like to know how can I back up the whole system, installed files, everything! etc...

    In case I don't want it any more or something is wrong I can just reinstall the default windows 10 with everything it had and return it.

    Thank you
    -Cat
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  2.    22 Mar 2017 #2
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    Welcome to TenForums.

    To return a PC that was built for Windows 10 to its default you don't need to make a backup. You just need to reset Windows.
    Reset Windows 10

    Most of the major brands have added their custom driver/utilities to the reset configuration so a reset should put it back to 'as supplied' condition. Check you manufacturer's website or the manual for their 'restore to factory settings' instructions.
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  3.    22 Mar 2017 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bree View Post
    Welcome to TenForums.

    To return a PC that was built for Windows 10 to its default you don't need to make a backup. You just need to reset Windows.
    Reset Windows 10

    Most of the major brands have added their custom driver/utilities to the reset configuration so a reset should put it back to 'as supplied' condition. Check you manufacturer's website or the manual for their 'restore to factory settings' instructions.
    And this would work even do I plan on formatting the computer and install Win 7?

    Thanks!
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  4.    22 Mar 2017 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by cat443 View Post
    And this would work even do I plan on formatting the computer and install Win 7?
    LoL! No...


    ...but are you sure you can use 7 on a new PC?
    Microsoft locks Ryzen and Kaby Lake users out of updates on Windows 7
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  5.    22 Mar 2017 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bree View Post
    LoL! No...


    ...but are you sure you can use 7 on a new PC?
    Microsoft locks Ryzen and Kaby Lake users out of updates on Windows 7
    Yeh I should be able to, I mean I don't see why not lol. It has a Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ Processor (if that helps!)

    I'm a IT student so I should be able to find a work around if not then Maybe Linux, I know this is a forum for Windows 10 but I did not know where to ask and I thought here was best.

    So what's the best method to back it up encase I would need to send it back? But do you think the company would even care, I brought it from Dell.

    Cheers!
    Cat
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  6.    22 Mar 2017 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by cat443 View Post
    So what's the best method to back it up encase I would need to send it back? ... I brought it from Dell.
    Dell say create a recovery drive...
    ... making sure to keep the check box next to Back up system files to the recovery drive checked...
    Create Windows 10 recovery media for your Dell computer | Dell UK
    The 'system files' will include Dell's additional files/utilities so you should be able to use it to put it back to 'factory settings'.

    ..do you think the company would even care?
    No, they'd probably just re-image it and sell it as 'refurbished'.
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  7.    22 Mar 2017 #7
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    You could just save the whole lot (every partition) with macrium and restore it back if you need to.

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect
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  8.    22 Mar 2017 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by cat443 View Post
    Yeh I should be able to, I mean I don't see why not lol. It has a Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ Processor (if that helps!)

    I'm a IT student so I should be able to find a work around if not then Maybe Linux, I know this is a forum for Windows 10 but I did not know where to ask and I thought here was best.

    So what's the best method to back it up encase I would need to send it back? But do you think the company would even care, I brought it from Dell.

    Cheers!
    Cat
    As an IT student, I am surprised you want to use decade old technology on a new pc. Many people are finding Windows 7 does not have adequate 3rd party drivers for new pcs.

    If it was me, I would create a virtual hard drive, install windows 7 in it as dual boot to test it works first.

    Image backup using Macrium Reflect is a good plan.
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