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Windows 7: Can't restore system image..

19 Dec 2015   #1
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 
Can't restore system image..

I made two system images last month and as I have been having weeks of BSODs and freezing up issues that I have now spent enough hours fruitlessly trying to resolve, I decided to restore my O/S from the images. One was with the native Win7 tool, one with Macrium Reflect.

I tried the Macrium image first, but even though I can browse OK within the .mrimg file (on another partition on my PC) and it verifies OK, Macrium says it cannot load the image when I try to restore from it (which I do via a Macrium bootable CD). Why not?? What was the point of creating it?

With the native Windows image, after rebooting I get to the various restore windows, but the option 'select this to delete any existing partitions..' is greyed out. There is an option to install drivers.. but what drivers? I am asked for the media containing the drivers for my hard drives (two Samsung 850 EVO SSDs). I have no such disc. The drivers are native to Windows, surely??

Scuppered at all turns. Even trying to correct my BSODs and system errors errors by using the system image is fraught with yet more errors and frustrations!! (SFC ran with no issues BTW).

What do I do now then? Take up golf instead, and ditch all my PCs perhaps.

Many thanks!


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21 Dec 2015   #2
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

When did you create the backups? Was it before or after you first got the BSOD?
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21 Dec 2015   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Regarding the Macrium images - is the recovery CD from the same Macrium version as the image. You should note that Macrium version 5 and version 6 are not compatible.
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22 Dec 2015   #4
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

The backup was made before the crash.

I will check on the Macrium versions - as far as I recall I made the recovery disc when I installed the programme, so unless it auto-updated, they should be the same.

As for the Windows 7 image... Whatever the imaging software I use, and I have tried several others, like Norton Ghost, I haven't found none I trust, sadly. They all seem to grumble at something when the time comes for them to do their stuff!!

I think I sorted out the PC problem, so it is as well that I didn't get as far as restoring my C -drive!

Thanks.
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22 Dec 2015   #5
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

If machine is bootable now have a read of this and post your files if you want us to look into your crashes further, its up to you

Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions
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22 Dec 2015   #6
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

Hi. Thanks.. for now all seems OK (though I hesitate to jinx things by saying so!). I think the issue was a Saitek X52 joystick which does not like (to say the least!) Intel's USB3.0 controller. Until I get get this fixed, I have had to disable USB3.0 (xHCI) in the BIOS (sadly, but better than the application crashes and BSsOD)
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23 Dec 2015   #7
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Sounds right I have seen several BSODs caused by Saitek drivers
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