Windows 7 was launched way back in October 2009, and today Windows 10 and Windows 11 is the preferred Microsoft Windows operating system software to use, however, Windows 7 does still work if you have an PC computer that cannot run Microsoft Windows 10, and Microsoft Windows 11.
One of the most popular Microsoft backup applications that is available for Windows 7 Home users, that need a simple to use and is non non commercial use, is Macrium Reflect V8 software which has a free software license for non-commercial use, which means that a home pc computer user can use the software to back up a home Windows 7 computer, the Macrium Reflect software also works for Microsoft Windows Home Editions, Windows 7 Professional editions, and Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 Home edition, Windows 11 Home edition.
What do you need to have before you can use Macrium Reflect V8 or newer to create a Windows 7 backup?
- An external storage volume that has the same size or a larger storage size.
- A memory stick or a DVD-R drive and a blank DVD-R media for a Macrium Rescue media.
- A copy of the Macrium V8 or newer software installed, and all of the Macrium software updates installed.
If you have a Windows PC computer that has the older style USB-A ports and you need to buy or purchase a new backup storage volume, then you might need to buy an external storage volume that comes with a USB-A and a USB-C cable or an adaptor in the box, as you might want to get a newer PC computer, or you might want to use the Macrium Windows 7 backup to copy some of the data to a new Windows 11 pc computer. Most new Windows PC computers will use USB-C ports which is much faster to use.
One of the best backup solutions to use if you need to purchase a new external backup storage volume is to use an external flash storage volume from a well-known manufacturer, some of the better external storage volumes are from Crucial, Western Digital known as SanDisk, Toshiba, and Samsung, you can also make your very own external backup by using a NVMe storage module, and a NVMe storage enclosure, this can be one of the best ways to buy external storage as if the USB-C connector gets damaged, or the external storage volume case does not work, then the data on the NVMe can be put into another external NVMe storage enclosure, or even better still if you have a PC computer motherboard that has M2 slots you can also fit the NVMe module inside the pc computer.
Memory sticks are so common today, an 8Gb memory stick is ok to be used as a Macrium Rescue Media, The Marium Rescue media, an be used to boot up a Windows 7 to Windows 11 computer to that a Macrium backup can be restored, or you can use the Macrium Rescue media to clone a hard disk or an internal SSD storage module. A popular reason for a PC clone is so that you can replace a very slow SATA 5400 hard disk with a fast SSD storage volume.
At Keith Thomas, we updated a Dell Inspirion laptop computer that has a slow 1Tb 5400 hard disk storage volume, with a new Sandisk 2.5-inch SATA 256Gb storage SSD volume to make the Windows 10 computer just work, as the 1Tb 5400 hard disk was just slow and was causing the Windows 10 laptop not to work well.
11 steps that you need to do to use Macrium Reflect to either backup or clone Windows pc computer.
- Download the Macrium V8 or newer software from the Macrium website.
- Install the Macrium Reflect software to Windows.
- Agree to the Marium Reflect software license terms and conditions.
- Open or start Macrium Reflect and follow the onscreen setup tasks.
- You can simply skip all of the registration information and complete this later on.
- Make sure that you have your external storage volume ready and you have a memory stick ready to use.
- If you need to erase a used storage volume, or you need to erase a USB memory stick, the use Windows File Manager to Format.
- Formatting will erase all of the data and information on the external storage volume and USB memory stick, and it will be almost impossible to recovery.
- If you are not sure or you need help with this, then get professional help, before you continue.
- To get started connect your external new or used external storage volume to your Windows pc computer and connect the USB memory stick.
- Make sure that you can see the memory stick and the external storage volume in the Windows File Manager.
- Open the Macrium application by using the Micrsoft start menu or double click on the Macrium Reflect icon if shown on the desktop screen.
The Macrium application main windows
Open the Macrium Reflect software application.
Use the Microsoft Start Menu or double click on the Macrium Reflect icon to open the Macrium Reflect software application.
Update Macrium Reflect software if needed.
Select the backup icon and make sure that Macrium Reflect software has all of the updates installed.
Check that you have only selected the Disk 1 storage volume.
Untick the Disk 2 or Disk 3 boxes, as only the main Disk, Usually Disk 1 needs to be ticked to backup Windows 7 or newer operating system software. If your PC has a D: or a hidden partition then this can be selected.
Image selected disks on this computer.
Select the option to image selected disks on this computer, or click on image this disk …
Select Source Drive(s) & Partitions(s)
On our Dell 410 laptop computer which has a 40Gb storage volume, this is Disk 1 MBR with an Active – NTFS partition which is Windows 7 Home edition with 28.83Gb used and has been selected as a source drive and partition.
The Disk 2 GPT is our external 1Tb NVMe backup storage volume with a drive letter shown as D:
For your own computer make sure that the Folder radio button is selected, and use the small square box at the far right to open a dialog box to select the Destination.
The Destination is where the backup file will be created.
Name the Macrium Reflect backup filename.
Name the Backup File Name, we have used the make and the model of the computer, and included the Microsoft Windows operating system name, for example Dell D410 Windows 7 Professional as the name, or you could use computer make, model, Windows operating system name, and add the name of the person that is using the computer. The file name add .mrimg which means Macrium Image to the file name given.
Click on Next> to Continue.
Review the imaging summary dialog box information.
Review the Imaging Summary information shown, and then Click on Finish.
Review the Windows Removable Media dialog box if shown.
Click on the OK button to continue.
Review the Backup Save Options.
A small file is saved to the C:\users folder\ with a backup file ending in .xml Click Ok to start the Macrium Reflect backup.
Creating snapshot window is shown.
The snapshot Windows is shown with the backup progress, notice that operation 2 is shown, this is because our E: was selected in error. depending on the speed and the performance of the computer. and the speed of the external storage volume, our Dell D410 laptop computer with about 28.8Gb of storage space used took about 20 minutes to complete the image backup.
Backup in progress review the Mb per second speeds for backup estimate time.
Backup in progress review the Mb per second speeds for backup estimate time is you are keen to find out the transfer rate in Mb/s. Transfer does not mean your Windows data is being moved. Transfer is a technical term for how quick the data copying is working.
Backup complete review the information shown.
A popup dialog box showing Image Completed Successfully in 00:23:28 which means 23 minutes and 28 second from start to finish. Click OK.
Now create a Macrium Reflect Rescue USB memory stick by using the Macrium Rescue Media Builder.
Select the Other Tasks from the Macrium Reflect main menu, and choose the option to create a Macrium Rescue Media USB bootable recovery media.
We have used a Transscend 64Gb memory USB stick as our own Macrium Reflect Rescue Media,
Notice that the Enable Multi Boot (MBR/UEFI) is ticked, for our Dell D410 laptop computer this needs to be unticked for the Macrium Rescue media to work.
Click on the Build button to start the process of creating a Macrium Reflect Rescue Media USB recovery tool.
Agree to the Free License Agreement.
Agree to the non-commercial use of this software, which means that you can use this software to back up a home pc Windows laptop computer. Our Dell D410 laptop computer is used as a home personal laptop computer. as we use Windows 11 and Microsoft OneDrive Cloud as our business backup pc solution.
Rescue media successfully created.
Now you can use the Windows task bar to eject the Removable USB memory stick from the computer. Or if you need to test the Rescue media on your own computer you will need to know how to start the computer up from the Macrium Rescue media USB recovery memory stick.
For a Dell PC computer use the F12 key to enter the boot mode and startup disk selection. Other PC computers use the F2, F8, or the Del Key to enter the option to boot from an external storage volume or USB storage memory device.
How to use Macrium to Restore a Windows PC computer.
If you have made a backup using the Macrium Reflect software and you have made a bootable recovery media USB media, then if you have made a backup, then the restore process should be to try to repair Windows PC computer startup and boot process first. The Macrium Rescue media can be used to fix a issue which is stopping Windows 7 from starting up.
What if you need to backup Windows 7 and you need to restore to a Windows 11 or to another computer?
The paid verion of Macrium Reflect can create a backup so that it can be resorted to another computer, and has many other features that you can use, upgrading from the free personal edition is easy to do, and if you need to use the Macrium software for commercial use, then the paid software license is needed. This might extend to if you use a personal computer at home, but you are asked to use the computer for remote working or hybrid working.
Microsoft Windows 7 Ransomware protection with Macrium Reflect 8 or newer software.
Windows PC computer are subject to a Ransomware attack, by using Macrium Reflect V8 or newer software the image files that are created are only overwritable using the Macrium Reflect software. This means that even if all the files on an external storage volume or the backup files on another hard disk or flash storage volume, are subject to a Microsoft Windows 7 Ransomware attack the Macrium Reflect backup *.mring backup files cannot be overwritten. Macrium calls this Image Guardian and you can read about Macrium Image Guardian.
Keith Thomas is a Apple Specialist and a Windows PC home computer specialist that provides onsite and remote Apple Mac and Microsoft Windows PC home computer support services across the Uk in Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, London, and to some areas and locations in Dorset and Somerset.
Get in touch with Keith Thomas for general computer help for a home pc computer user, or for a home or work or business Apple Mac computer. Onsite and Remote PC and Remote Apple Mac IT support service is available for Windows 10, Windows 11 and for Apple Mac computers.