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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

26 Mar 2014   #1621

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Lots of posts already, some people are obviously interested in how macrium does the pe creation, and what it requires.

There was also this question:

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cutypie
I have already downloaded the WAIK file as an .ISO but how do I actually 'install' it to drive "C"??



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26 Mar 2014   #1622
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I guess you could mount the ISO if you have a suitable program installed. Failing that I think burning a cheap DVD is the recommended approach. See install instructions:
Download The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7 from Official Microsoft Download Centre

Although I have the WAIK I am one of those interested in how Macrium does the pe creation using just their pe downloads. I'm sure there would be others who ran the patch for the latest version of free Macrium and might like to have a pe 4 or 5 using the Macrium downloads.

Edit: If I select the "Custom base WIM" and browse to the Macrium downloaded (v4 in my case) pe then create the rescue.iso it appears to work. It also appears to be Windows 8 pe environment. I've only tested mounting images.
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26 Mar 2014   #1623

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I am just about to try that. I have a good idea what it does. Will check and see.
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26 Mar 2014   #1624

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yep, it just mounts the image and throws in these files.

launch.exe
aesdll.dll
le5.dll
networkshell.dll
oledlg.dll
peexplorer.exe
textedit.exe
diskrestore.exe
PrimoBurner64.dll
taskbar.exe
psmounterex.sys
license.rtf
syntaxedit.ini
Winpeshl.ini
reflect.exe

as expected, winpeshl.ini is the bog standard

Quote:
[LaunchApp]
AppPath = %SYSTEMDRIVE%\Program Files\Macrium\launch.exe
It tries to set scratch, but that isn't going to work running Windows 7 dism against win8.1 image. Then it unmounts.

That will be ok ( sort of) for some custom pes. But reflect will be the shell - replacing whatever shell you had carefully set up in your custom pe. If you aren't using winpeshl.exe as the cmd line, you will have a bit of a mess.
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27 Mar 2014   #1625

Windows 7 Professional 32 bits
 
 

I have a USB rescue media and restore from a portable USB hard disk. Does Reflect load the restore software from the rescue media or from Program Files on my hard disk?
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27 Mar 2014   #1626

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

It loads the program from the media you booted from. It will usually detect your saved backups wherever they are.
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27 Mar 2014   #1627

Windows 7 Professional 32 bits
 
 

It's loaded in the rescue media.Phew! ( I couldn't find a smiley for 'redlief')
Thanks for telling me that because I was worried about the possibility of a virus ruining the reflect Program Files
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27 Mar 2014   #1628

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

Another Macrium Update correcting a few issues.

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Bug Fixes: 5.2.6515:

USB rescue media
Some USB pen drive configurations were not supported by the USB rescue media wizard. This has been resolved.
Windows PE
On specific windows XP configurations, the PE based rescue environment build can fail. This has been resolved.
Image verification Problems
A rare situation could cause Images created with v5.2.6504 to fail verification due to a race condition during image creation. This has been resolved.
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27 Mar 2014   #1629
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thanks Keith for the heads up.
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27 Mar 2014   #1630

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Also new version of winpe maker,which will include macrium for you. Some nice improvements, it looks pretty, too

Image your system with free Macrium-win7re64.jpg

HERE


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