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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium


31 Jan 2012   #511

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Unless users have tight bandwidth limitations I would recommend you download the WAIK. Macrium will guide you. It's a once only download and from then on any pe disk upgrade will use it. Making any new pe disk will be quick and easy.

You can choose an option to create an ISO which works fine on a multiBoot USB.

There is also a Macrium capability on the Hirens 15.1 CD but I would recommend your own pe Disk/ISO.
I've just gone back to using Macrium after some previous issues. What is the advantage of the 1.7gig WAIK download to create a windows PE disk and how exactly does it work, ive only ever used the Linux based recovery options.

Thanks Danny


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31 Jan 2012   #512

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Pe disc has wider hardware compatibility and you can load drivers.

You can also access the command prompt.

Buried somewhere in this thread is a little app that will make a winpe 3 disc for you - including macrium . WAIK not needed.

There are both 32 and 64 bit versions of the app.


Kado will probably know where it is.
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31 Jan 2012   #513
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xxxdannyxxx View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Unless users have tight bandwidth limitations I would recommend you download the WAIK. Macrium will guide you. It's a once only download and from then on any pe disk upgrade will use it. Making any new pe disk will be quick and easy.

You can choose an option to create an ISO which works fine on a multiBoot USB.

There is also a Macrium capability on the Hirens 15.1 CD but I would recommend your own pe Disk/ISO.
I've just gone back to using Macrium after some previous issues. What is the advantage of the 1.7gig WAIK download to create a windows PE disk and how exactly does it work, ive only ever used the Linux based recovery options.

Thanks Danny
From my point of view it gives you the capability that Macrium use to create it's pe disk now and for future releases. If you want a shortcut then I don't think you can complain about the Macrium pe recovery environment if things go wrong.
For many (not all!) I don't think a 1.7GB download is a big deal.

More generally you can customize Windows pe environments if you are into that sort of thing. It's also used for the professional deployment of Windows systems.
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31 Jan 2012   #514

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

64bit version is here:

Imaging with free Macrium

Much better than the simple pe disc macrium makes with WAIK.


New free system imaging program


The instructions are pretty simple.

To make a Macrium pe3 disc on 7 x64 - you don't need WAIK .

Just d/l the small app. http://www.sevenforums.com/attachmen...e-31x64-v2.zip

Ther is 7-zip file inside

Un 7-zip it onto your windows 7 drive ( e.g. C: ).

You will see an exe called RunMeAsAdminV2.exe.

Rt click it and run as admin.
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31 Jan 2012   #515
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post

Much better than the simple pe disc macrium makes with WAIK.
The Macrium pe seems perfectly adequate to me. Also when making a new one they will automatically insert fixes (eg. the V5.0.4196 update).

When making the Macrium pe disk be sure to accept the option to manually load drivers if required.
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31 Jan 2012   #516

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Yes. It's adequate.

However, the one made by that little app. also includes MS system recovery options - and several other useful applications - as well as the ability to load drivers.

Macrium can't include include those in the pe it makes.


It also has the enormous advantage that you don't need to download WAIK.

If you install a new version of macrium - just run the app. again to include the new version.
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31 Jan 2012   #517

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi SIW2,

I've been trying for a few days to make a winpe image that will allow me to run Paragon Backup & Recovery Free (which I have succeeded in doing), and I also want to add Easeus Partition Master Home Edition (Free). Unfortunately I've been unsuccessful so far in trying to get EPM installed on my image, though. I came across your post on the easus forum where you provided someone with a reg file to apply to the winpe registry, but I keep getting a "Registry access error" when I try to merge it with the system file in the mounted\windows\system32\config folder... I have tried updating the permissions but to no effect.

I now see you have a little app that will allow me to create a winpe image with some tools - so my question is will it allow me to include Easeus Partition Master 9.10 Home Edition (Free) and Paragon Backup & Recovery 2012 Free on it?

thanks in advance..
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31 Jan 2012   #518

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I should be able to do that .. let me have a look for the 32 bit app. - a long while since I made it
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31 Jan 2012   #519

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

thanks so much, but I have to let you know that I have Windows 7 64bit - will the 32bit app run on it?
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31 Jan 2012   #520

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I assume the winpe you made is 32 bit? If you made a 64 bit winpe with WOW - you have done well.

As you have already made it - probably easiest to:

1. mount your winpe

2. load the system hive - give it the name PE_SYS

3. run as admin on the .cmd file in here.

GETHIVEACCESS.zip

You should be able to put the Easeus reg entries in then.



As an aside - how did you make your winpe? Do you have a menu of some kind to select your apps. , or do you have windows explorer in there?


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