Windows 7 has a “Ghost” like feature built in. Start – All programs – Maintenance – backup & Restore, then at left, create a system image.
This is a great feature and allows you to restore the system exactly as it was like a ghost image would. (so it might be a good idea to also create a system recovery disk to boot to
In case you ever need to restore the image from boot up)
Another little tip – if you wish to keep multiple images on hand, all you have to do is copy the image folder to another folder and/or rename it (I add the date to the end of the folder.)
The folder will exist on the target drive you chose to backup your image to. The folder is called “WindowsImageBackup”