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Windows 7: Advanced Recovery - System Image Question


07 Sep 2013   #1
Pooky1959

Windows Pro 7 32bit
 
 
Advanced Recovery - System Image Question

Hi,
I trying to do an Advanced System Recovery from a System Image I have on DVDs.
I don't get very far (after it says to put the LAST DVD in) and it asks that I install "Drivers?" and the pop-up access takes me to System32>drivers, yet I believe that it wants system information. But what system information and where do I find among all that is available in the System32('s) many selections.

Will there be anymore surprises like this further in that I should be aware of now and be prepared for?

Oh, I run Windows Pro 7 32bit, on an eMachine El1200, I also have an 2TB external hard drive attached.



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07 Sep 2013   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, I am not sure I understand your problem. Sounds like you want to make an image recovery but have no image - but a system copy instead.

If you want to use imaging, I recommend you go with the free Macrium Reflect. That is the easiest to use and the most reliable, and it is fast too. And put your images on your 2TB disk - not on DVDs.

Imaging with free Macrium
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07 Sep 2013   #3
Pooky1959

Windows Pro 7 32bit
 
 

Actually, I have a System Image (on DVDs) already. It's in the process of trying to put it to use by doing an Advanced Recovery, that the need for loading 'System Information' comes up.
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08 Sep 2013   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

How did you make that system image.
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08 Sep 2013   #5
Pooky1959

Windows Pro 7 32bit
 
 

I created it using Windows 7's 'Create a System Image' in Back up or restore your files area, left pane.
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08 Sep 2013   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pooky1959 View Post
I created it using Windows 7's 'Create a System Image' in Back up or restore your files area, left pane.
Hmm, understand. In principle the recovery should work then. But Windows imaging is so shaky that you never know what happens. That's why I always recommend to use Macrium. There you are on safe grounds.

But the images should go to an external disk - DVDs are a bad choice for various reasons. If nothing helps and if you absolutely need that image from your DVDs, you can try to recover the VHD and go from there. I have written a little tutorial for that case.

System Image - Recover a Broken Windows 7 System Image
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08 Sep 2013   #7
Pooky1959

Windows Pro 7 32bit
 
 

Can the Macrium program be used at this point in time, the damage that is done is older than any of my back up or restore points.
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09 Sep 2013   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you have a damaged system, no imaging at this time can fix the problem. You need an image from before the damage was done.
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09 Sep 2013   #9
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

If the damage/corruption is not fixable with the DVDs, you might have to try restoring your machine to factory specifications. I found this eMachine support article that might point you in the right direction. The major problem with a factory restore is you will lose all personal data, programs, etc.

eMachines Support - Full Factory Recovery

My apologies, Wolfgang. Just adding another possibility to your excellent (as always) advice.
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09 Sep 2013   #10
Pooky1959

Windows Pro 7 32bit
 
 

All these are great things to know and I love learning new techniques for repairing my PC, but my original question still has not been answered.
If needed, I can list the basic steps taken to get to the point where I am prompted to load the drivers.
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