We have everything you need listed below and you will not have to spend a dime to do this. Really read the firs one listed as others will tell you to get Norton Ghost. If you feel like paying for that, well that is your option, but you need not have to..
For real starters this is what you will need;
1) Drive Image XML: (Disk Image Creation - Hard Drive Backup Software)
Can't afford $70.00 for Norton Ghost? Don't know what Norton Ghost is? Hmmm. Well drive images can restore your hard drive exactly the way they were when you created the image. Meaning drive images are the only sure way to restore your computer to the way it was. (System restore does not "restore your computer" to the way it was. It restores only certain basic files). DriveImage XML is an easy to use and reliable program for imaging and backing up partitions and logical drives. The program allows you to backup logical drives and partitions to image files, browse these images, view and extract files. restore these images to the same or a different drive. copy directly from drive to drive and a lot more!
If you know what drive images are and you want to create 100?erfect backups then you need to buy Norton Ghost or download this free program. What would you rather spend: $70.00 or $0.00? In case you'd rather spend $0.00 than $70.00 click here to learn more about Drive Image XML from the developer's Web site: ..http://www.runtime.org/dixml.htm
2) Look In My PC: System Profiler (Tells you all about your system, hardware, software, etc.).
LookInMyPC generates a complete, comprehensive system profile that includes information on all installed hardware and software. Additionally it provides system diagnostic information such as details on running processes, installed services, startup programs, Windows updates and hot fixes, active network and Internet connections, TCP/IP port usage, event log detail, and much more. All this is provided in an easy to read, formatted report that you can view and print using your web browser. We have also hyperlinked many items so you can quickly and easily "Google" them to find out what they are or if some programs might be spyware or viruses.
You need to know what's running on your PC. And sometimes you need to know what hardware you have installed in order to find driver updates. Look In My PC is a great way to find out and find out everything you could possibly want to know about your computer. Even better it's free! Click here to learn more and/or download Look In My PC. http://www.lookinmypc.com/
3) WinAudit: A great companion to LookInMyPC - even more information
Having the right tools at the right times to do the jobs you need to do seems like such a simple idea. But most of us wait until we really need some information about our computers until it's too late (and you know what that means, of course!). LookInMyPC and WinAudit are two tools you need to have in your PC software toolbox. Not that you'll use them everyday. You won't. But you should use them to take inventories of what's in your computer in case you need to tell a technician; you need to know what kind of graphics card you have and when the last time you updated your drivers was; what kind of hard drives you have installed, what kind of network card, what kind of processor, etc. All this information might seem like 'overload' but it's not. Print it out and tuck it away. And run these programs every month or two to make sure you've got the latest information about you computer. After all, you never know when you'll need to know whether you have an ATI or NVIDIA graphics card or what kind of network adapter is installed.
Visit the developer's site to learn more about and/or download WinAudit here: http://www.pxserver.com/WinAudit.htm
WinDriversBackup is a free utility provided by JerMar Software Corp. specifically for backing up your Windows system driver files
WinDriversBackup can identify all of your Windows driver files and save them to a secure location in two simple mouse clicks.
Backing up your Windows driver files means they will be available to you the next time you need to reinstall the driver or the whole operating system. WinDriversBackup places the driver files in one organized location of your choosing.
WinDriversBackup is especially helpful in situations where you have a computer in your possession and it's internal hardware is unknown. WinDriversBackup can identify the hardware on the system and the associated drivers ---then back them up to a specified location. WinDriversBackup is even network compatible --you can just as easily connect to a remote computer on your network and backup driver files.
This software is provided free of charge. This software DOES NOT install spy-ware or ad-ware software. When you install WinDriversBackup all you get is WinDriversBackup. There are no strings attached. Please enjoy the software. If you like it share it.
Click here to read more as well as download it: http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/Utilities/Backup_and_Copy_Utilities/WinDriversBackup.html
5) The Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, CIS (Center for Internet Security) benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser. All of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC and is not sent to any web server.
Operating Systems: Runs on Windows 95/98/Me, NT 4, Windows 2000, XP and Windows Server 2003.
Browsers: Requires IE 3 or Netscape 3, and higher versions. Also runs on Opera, Mozilla, and Firefox.
File size: 956 KB.
License: The license associated with this product allows for free personal use only. Use on multiple PCs in a corporate, educational, military or government installation is prohibited. See the license agreement for details.
Get more information about the Belarc Advisor and/or download it free by clicking here: http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
Hope this has helped you as well as others. You never spent a dime!