can I copy OS from HDD onto a CD?

  Ray5776 15:51 05 May 2008

you probably wonder what I am talking about so I will try to explain.
I bought fairly recently a new PC with XP pro pre installed but it came with no disk, as the data must be on the hard drive for it to work is there any way that I can make a CD with just the OS on it?


  Jak_1 16:00 05 May 2008

In short, no.

  rdave13 16:04 05 May 2008

Usually you get the option to create a restore DVD when no OS disc supplied.

  Ray5776 16:12 05 May 2008

Ok I can create a restore disk but why can I not copy the whole OS when it must be on the HDD?

Jak_1 "In short, No."
can you explain why not please, the files must be there. I can`t understand why this can`t be done but it needs someone cleverer than me.


  Jak_1 16:13 05 May 2008

If it has not given the option to create a DVD/CD then you will not be able to make a windows DVD/CD. Simply trying to copy the os to cd/dvs will not work.

  Strawballs 16:15 05 May 2008

If you get Acronis true image then you can make a backup onto CD's or a DVD of the O/S that you can then restore from.

click here

Version 10 will do what you want.

  Ray5776 16:18 05 May 2008

Ok thanks Jak, if it can`t be done then so be it but where do I look for the option in case it is there.


  Ray5776 16:22 05 May 2008

Thanks Strawballs, I have version 8 will that do it?


  Strawballs 16:24 05 May 2008

That will fine as all you were asking for is a backup of O/S it might well do more but my introduction of Acronis TI only started with 10

  €dstowe 16:29 05 May 2008

Acronis 8 will work perfectly OK with Windows XP - I still use this early version as I don't see any point in changing.

  Ray5776 16:30 05 May 2008

Version 8 will do a complete back up of the whole system onto HDD, but I do not know how to just back up the OS onto a CD. Any suggestions please.


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