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Windows 7: Restoring Windows 7 to previous point in time

10 Sep 2012   #11
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

May be a permissions issue. Are you able to open the WindowsImageBackup folder and subfolders from each computer after clicking on "Continue" when trying to open them?

You may be better off using Macrium Reflect to make this easier though.


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10 Sep 2012   #12
AriesCZ

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yes, I think I was able to get into every folder by clicking the Continue button (could not open the files, though, but I did not try launching Notepad+ with admin privileges, so maybe that was the cause). The permission issue also popped into my head, but as I was able to use the image on the original computer without single hiccup, I am not sure that is the problem.

Could the problem be caused by the fact that computers have different names before using the restore? The image is from DELL01, whre it worked without single problem, but on DELL02 and DELL03 I got the error (did not try the others)

In any way, I will try the Macrium Reflect tomorrow and we will see.

I really hate it when I try to make my job easier and it gets this complicated...
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10 Sep 2012   #13
Jeckler

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

My wife works at a school as well. She uses Deep Freeze in her lab of 30 computers. It doesn't matter what someone does to the computer; deletes files, folders, user accounts, etc., it's all restored with a simple reboot. A couple downsides is that you can't save or change ANYTHING on the computer without thawing it out. She uses a network share to store user data for that though.
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10 Sep 2012   #14
AriesCZ

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Jeckler, thanks for the idea, but I think that in my classes, people would just get confused by having to save stuff on network drive (they are people who have it as part of their re-qualification, and some of them did not see a computer in their lives). Also, it is useful to let them change something, just to try it, like wallpaper, aero glass color, or folder view...

The system image restore seemed to be easy and simple way that would take about hour to implement on all computers after each class, but like I said, I encountered some major problems on the way...
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10 Sep 2012   #15
AriesCZ

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Update:
Here is the error line I get (managed to find English version)

The system image restore failed. No disk that can be used for recovering the system disk can be found.

It is from this article
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http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=439&Itemid=38&limit=1&limitstart=4
However, I am not exactly sure what to get from that. If I understood it correctly, the article suggests to reduce the size of original partition to the least amount possible and then make system image.

I will have to try this tomorrow, but it looks promising
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10 Sep 2012   #16
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'd also give Macrium Reflect a try to see if it may work much better for you or not. It's not as restrictive as Windows System Images.
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10 Sep 2012   #17
Jeckler

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AriesCZ View Post
Jeckler, thanks for the idea, but I think that in my classes, people would just get confused by having to save stuff on network drive (they are people who have it as part of their re-qualification, and some of them did not see a computer in their lives). Also, it is useful to let them change something, just to try it, like wallpaper, aero glass color, or folder view...

The system image restore seemed to be easy and simple way that would take about hour to implement on all computers after each class, but like I said, I encountered some major problems on the way...
Let me clarify. They can make any change they want and it'll take effect immediately. They can save files to their heart's content and do their worst to damage the image. It's only when the computer is rebooted that everything reverts back to the last "Frozen" state. And frozen isn't permanent. If you need to add a piece of software for example, you thaw the computer, reboot it, install, freeze, reboot.
You could set up all the shares before the PC is frozen too, that way they're available at each boot.
My wife works at an elementary school. Each day her lab gets about 120 kids through it. You'd be amazed at what a 5 year old can figure out and/or screw up. DF has saved her so much time.
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16 Sep 2012   #18
AriesCZ

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Well thanks for all the help. I decided to go the easiest way and create hidden partition with system image on every pc.
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16 Sep 2012   #19
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted how you like.
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