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How to backup Windows 7 and revert upgrade to Windows 8

I've finally decided to go ahead and give windows 8 a try. I would feel a lot better though if there was a way I could back up my entire OS to restore to incase I dislike windows 8. How would I backup my entire OS with as small a file as possible that would be easy to go back to from windows 8? Thanks.

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I have had success with two options:

1) Clonezilla (open source and free)

2) Acronis True Image (pay, very good)

  • I was able to get Acronis for free with my Western Digital drive. Thanks, installing windows 8 now. – rmaes4 Nov 5 '12 at 1:33
  • Great! It worked very well for me, built a PC for a family friend and used that to create a fresh install image. We used it at least once, which was great. Hope you enjoy. – nerdwaller Nov 5 '12 at 1:35
  • It's okay because after 1 hour I've already decided windows 8 is here to stay! – rmaes4 Nov 5 '12 at 4:13
  • Always great to hear some first hand reviews, I haven't decided to take the plunge yet, but I run linux 99.9% of the time outside my 7vbox. – nerdwaller Nov 5 '12 at 4:16
  • I plan to dual boot ubuntu with the windows 8 boot manager for development purposes. – rmaes4 Nov 5 '12 at 4:36

You could try "Windows 7 File Recovery".

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