Re: Is it possible to restore win7/8 with its appropriate drivers etc?!!!
If you buy a laptop with all these features, it will have all the drivers already installed -- and if you make NO changes to the partitioning, it will also be able to restore itself to factory condition -- including all of the apps and drivers.
But ... if you make changes to the partitioning, to install another OS, or simply, to shrink the OS partition to create a shared data partition -- there is no guaranteed that the factory restore will work after that. In fact, there's a good likelyhood that it will not.
So, for multiboot situations, what you need to do to have a restorable setup is the following:
1) Shrink the Win7/Win8 OS partition ONLY using the Windows Disk Management tool
2) Boot into Win7/Win8 a couple of times after that to allow the filesystem to make any adjustments needed
3) Download and install Macrium Reflect
4) Image off the boot and OS partitions to an external drive
5) USe the MR option to create and burn a Linux Boot CD
6) Connect the external drive containing the images, boot from the Linux Boot CD, start a Restore operation -- and confirm that you can see the saved images. Do NOT do the actual restore -- this just confirms that you can see them later if needed.
NOW, you can install another OS in the unallocated space -- since you have the ability to restore Win7/Win8.
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