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Windows 7: Question about system images

12 May 2014   #71
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonnyhillow View Post
I wanted to mention that when i tried to restore my computer with the Macrium rescue disk image it did not work , apparently i was missing the ethernet driver and some others although i did make a system image of everything.
I'd like to hear more detail about that.

Exactly what partitions you imaged, what partition you restored to, how far you got into the restoration process, what error messages you got, how you corrected it, etc.


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13 May 2014   #72
jonnyhillow

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Honestly I don't remember but I will watch carefully if I do it again. I do have another question though , is it possible to copy all your windows updates and just add them after a re format so you don't take hours waiting if starting from fresh ?

The other is how would you copy an updated version of your AV to install after a re format so you don't have to wait for that to update .

Thank you
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13 May 2014   #73
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonnyhillow View Post
Honestly I don't remember but I will watch carefully if I do it again. I do have another question though , is it possible to copy all your windows updates and just add them after a re format so you don't take hours waiting if starting from fresh ?

The other is how would you copy an updated version of your AV to install after a re format so you don't have to wait for that to update .

Thank you
There's no easy way to copy updates and add them. I've heard that you can make your own ISO file containing the Windows installation files plus the updates and then burn that to a disk, but that's complex and I'd much rather just take the hours required to download the updates.

I don't follow your second question. AV is like any other application. If you do a clean install, you reinstall AV. If you restore from an image and the AV has been updated since the image was created, you would restore the image and then update the AV, just as you would with any other application.
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13 May 2014   #74
jonnyhillow

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonnyhillow View Post
Honestly I don't remember but I will watch carefully if I do it again. I do have another question though , is it possible to copy all your windows updates and just add them after a re format so you don't take hours waiting if starting from fresh ?

The other is how would you copy an updated version of your AV to install after a re format so you don't have to wait for that to update .

Thank you
There's no easy way to copy updates and add them. I've heard that you can make your own ISO file containing the Windows installation files plus the updates and then burn that to a disk, but that's complex and I'd much rather just take the hours required to download the updates.

I don't follow your second question. AV is like any other application. If you do a clean install, you reinstall AV. If you restore from an image and the AV has been updated since the image was created, you would restore the image and then update the AV, just as you would with any other application.
Thanks , I guess what I meant about the AV was , is there a way to copy an updated data base beforehand instead of waiting for the AV to update it self after you put a fresh copy down.

What I have always done is I updated with windows update while updating my AV , both seem to finish very close to the same time but it does take a long time .

I don't know if there's a better way.
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13 May 2014   #75
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonnyhillow View Post

Thanks , I guess what I meant about the AV was , is there a way to copy an updated data base beforehand instead of waiting for the AV to update it self after you put a fresh copy down.

What I have always done is I updated with windows update while updating my AV , both seem to finish very close to the same time but it does take a long time .
"long time"??

I've never had AV updates take more than seconds. Maybe you have the world's slowest Internet connection or maybe you have some oddball AV that is slow to update for whatever reason? I use Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes.
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13 May 2014   #76
jonnyhillow

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonnyhillow View Post

Thanks , I guess what I meant about the AV was , is there a way to copy an updated data base beforehand instead of waiting for the AV to update it self after you put a fresh copy down.

What I have always done is I updated with windows update while updating my AV , both seem to finish very close to the same time but it does take a long time .
"long time"??

I've never had AV updates take more than seconds. Maybe you have the world's slowest Internet connection or maybe you have some oddball AV that is slow to update for whatever reason? I use Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes.

Yeah, very slow connection , it's a broadband connection so not sure why it's so slow. It's Kaspersky AV 2014 and it finishes updating about the same time 170 windows updates have finished downloading lol.
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17 May 2014   #77
jonnyhillow

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Hi everyone , does anybody use the WD passport ultra external hard drive? I am unsure about the programs it comes with and are they worth using or should i use it another way ?

Thank you
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17 May 2014   #78
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonnyhillow View Post
Hi everyone , does anybody use the WD passport ultra external hard drive? I am unsure about the programs it comes with and are they worth using or should i use it another way ?

Thank you
I've never used one, but it's hard to imagine why you would need any of them.

Describe what they do if you want to, but I'd certainly think there would be equivalent and probably superior third party tools available at no charge.
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17 May 2014   #79
jonnyhillow

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Thank you, i believe WHS has like 12 external hard drives , hoping somebody can tell me what programs are worth keeping if any .

I will post a screenshot of someof them.


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17 May 2014   #80
ignatzatsonic

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What's the purpose of this drive?

Just for backup of original versions of files that are on some other drive, probably internal?


Or will it contain your only copy of some files?


Or?
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