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Windows 7: Image Restore

20 Oct 2014   #1
Alnitak

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
Image Restore

Hello!
First Day on this Forum.
First of all, I want to be clear that i have no technical language or knowledge. I use programs from Microsoft Office to Adobe Acrobat etc. I do not know what BSOD stands for. What does BSOD mean?

When you perform a recovery from an ‘Image Restore’, Do you loose files (Word, Excel etc) saved to your C Drive?
Thank You for your answer.


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20 Oct 2014   #2
Chuck38

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Hi Alnitak and welcome to Seven Forums!

BSOD stands for Blue Screen of Death or Doom. Blue Screen of Death - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Yes, you may loose those files. It's best to backup files which may be important to you before using an Image Restore.

-Chuck
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20 Oct 2014   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

A BSOD is a Blue Screen of Death. When you are on your computer, the Screen will turn blue.
An image restore will bring everything back to a certain point in time. Everything will be the way it was done.
If you mean a system restore, everything goes back to a certain point in time, but your stuff, (Excel, Word etc) remains untouched.
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20 Oct 2014   #4
Chuck38

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
A BSOD is a Blue Screen of Death. When you are on your computer, the Screen will turn blue.
An image restore will bring everything back to a certain point in time. Everything will be the way it was done.
If you mean a system restore, everything goes back to a certain point in time, but your stuff, (Excel, Word etc) remains untouched.
Oops! Looks like I was wrong!

Please refer to the post directly below this one.

-Chuck
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20 Oct 2014   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Chuck, your final analysis was still correct, it IS best to back it up first.
You are 100% correct for image restore, I was talking about system restore which is different.
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20 Oct 2014   #6
Chuck38

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Chuck, your final analysis was still correct, it IS best to back it up first.
You are 100% correct for image restore, I was talking about system restore which is different.
Ah, that makes sense! Thanks for correcting me!
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20 Oct 2014   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There seems to be a little confusion. Yes you can lose files - those that were created after the last image was taken. But all files that were present at the time the image was made will be recovered with an image restore.

That is why I always recommend to make frequent images. An image from last year will lose a lot of files relative to today's status. Frequency depends on the amount of changes. Weely images are a good compromise but if there are important changes, an immediate image may be appropriate.

System restore restores only system files - no user files. But it is possible to retrieve user files from a system image. For that use this program.

ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders
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20 Oct 2014   #8
Alnitak

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

@Chuck38, @ richc46, Does using the @ sign work in this forum? We’ll soon find out! lol!

I did mean “Image Restore”.

I use an external hard-drive, Seagate, for my backups. About half of my data files on the C drive are acting like system files. It was discovered by accident when I performed a cut and paste on a Word document moving it from one folder to another.
So, I imagine that a back-up will not grab these data files if they are considered ‘system files’ and even if they do back-up, when they are re-installed they’ll still be ‘system files’.
It is so complicated.

Thanks for the BSOD definition.
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20 Oct 2014   #9
Chuck38

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Nope, it seems that the @ doesn't work here.

How do you know that they are considered 'System Files'? Do you get an error message?
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20 Oct 2014   #10
Alnitak

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Yes, Chuck38, when I performed the move, a message popped up telling me that if I move this 'system file' that it could damage other files.
Usually, when I have move files from one folder to another folder there are no pop-up messages. The file just moves.
In addition, the backup I have on the external Seagate drive is from the first week in September. So, those data files ought to be normal. It is all the data files I created after that date that are showing up as 'System files' that has me concerned.
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