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I am asking if there is recommendation for software that does all below:

  1. Backups of the complete windows installation and allows restoration even if the current machine becomes unbootable (i.e. either allows booting from a DVD/USB drive and then restore from network, or booting from USB media)
  2. Incremental backup possible and I am able to choose a particular snapshot of the system (measured in the incremental frequency. I do want to be able to restore to each possible snapshot if possible).
  3. Individual file accessible without much hassle, for example, Ghost explorer-esque interface would be excellent.

System: Windows 7 64-bit Home premium & Ultimate.

Free software or freeware suggestions greatly appreciated as I need to do that for multiple family machines.

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@Thiago M. Okay. Changed. It's colloquial in my language, if it mattered. –  bubu Jun 9 '11 at 20:34

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EASEUS looks like it addresses all your requirements, and is free :

http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm

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+1 thanks. I will have a try. –  bubu Jun 9 '11 at 20:36
    
+1 for EASEUS. I have used it for a year or so and even had to restore from a disk image. No problems...seems to work great. –  CHarmon Jun 10 '11 at 11:48

You may be able to do a lot of this by running your systems as virtual machines. Bear with me. Windows 7 allows you to boot from a VHD. That would allow you to backup the disk as a single file, allow you to snapshot it and you could boot form a previous version if there was a problem.

On top of that, there are programs allow you to open VHDs to access files.

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+1 informative. that would however necessitate reinstallation of windows/migration of current installations and would not be suitable in my case. –  bubu Jun 9 '11 at 20:35
    
Not necessary. You can use disk2vhd from: technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415.aspx –  b70568b5 Jul 16 '12 at 1:23

Not free, but Rebit does what you ask- Disclosure: I work for Rebit.

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