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Windows 7: How making a Backup might result in windows reinstall.

11 Dec 2009   #1

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How making a Backup might result in windows reinstall.


To start off this thread is about an experience i just had and how i solved it. So i dont need any help, but i thought this might be interesting to some of you.

I used a 4GB USB flash drive to make a Backup in windows 7. while making the backup windows said it needed more space even thou, your only required 1gb on the flash drive for backups according to win7? I interrupted by pressing a cancel button and deleted the files on the usb. without removing the usb i shut down my pc.

Next day i turn on my pc and it tries to boot into the usb flash drive even thou boot priority is set to my c:/. Win7 asks for reboot since the usb drive is without an operating system (i don't know exactly what to make of this). I pull out the usb drive and reboots. Now my Login user (administrator/only user) is corrupted. This error cant be passed and you cant get into windows.

2x reboot makes automatic chkdsk without any luck even thou some of the files it was fixing seemed to have relevance. (user name/desktop file etc.). On the third reboot it goes straight to the errror message (i reboot 12 times to see if it goes to chkdsk again) so i shut down my computer manually (instead of using the reboot from login). In order to enter windows in error safe mode. In windows error safe mode i recieve errors that my user files etc. is missing somewhere. No suprise i go into user administration, i delete my user (i had the choices standard login/administratorusername deleted the last one but i could still change password for it which i then did. I reboot into usuall windows enter password and wupti im back into windows with all programs and drivers intact, but desktop is back to default.

Anyone tried anything similar/know what happened in more details?

(oh and you probably noticed i didnt reinstall windows, but if i didnt randomly try this solution i would have./ didnt know what else to type in topic)

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11 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7

Hi and welcome.

To backup, you need well more than only 1GB. You need as much space as your boot partition (with Windows) is and if the system (boot files) partition is elsewhere, even more.
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