I have reinstalled Windows 7 on my Sony Vaio Laptop by pressing F2 when switching on the PC to reinstall everything from the Windows 7 recovery disk. Backing up your data is one thing, just place everything on a USB disk prior to reinstalling or copy the files by booting into your Linux partition, mounting NTFS, and copying the files to your Linux partition. This is not the problem.
The problem is that you end up wasting three days to reinstall all the software that you had on the Windows 7 computer prior to reinstalling Windows 7. Yes, we don't get viruses every day forcing us to reinstall everything, but if there were a way...
I am looking for a way to create an image on a CD ROM such that, when I reinstall Windows 7 on my partition from the CD image, all the software installed and configuration options are placed back on my hard drive, just like before I had to delete everything by reformatting and reinstalling.
I think it used to be called a sysprep disk or something like that.
My question is very simple, how can I make a CD/DVD/BD which can restore windows to the current state on an identical computer or on the same computer after a hard drive failure/hard drive reformat.
This would be a great time saver in emergency times,