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Windows 7: Will Not Load My User Profile

01 Oct 2016   #41
newenglandmom2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hello again! things seem to be going well...I tried following the steps to create a system image on my computer from the second option listed in Post #37 above, but there's no drive listed on the hard disk when I get to Create a System Image via Control Panel...the only option is a DVD...I will need to buy an empty one. However, that's what I tried to do when the computer was new, and that didn't work...I just kept getting messages that the backup had failed. I looked at Macrium too, but it seems pretty complicated for me. I did copy all the personal files that I want to a flash drive, and I uploaded the photos and videos to the cloud. So it's really a recovery DVD that I'm trying to make now?


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01 Oct 2016   #42
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

I really can't stress to you the importance of having a reliable back up program. For example, with the recent power outage problem you have had, could have been rectified in probably half an hour if you had a recent Operating System image.

The main essential item in any back up program is, "THAT IT WORKS". The built in Windows back up & imaging program is not really considered reliable & strange problems seem to occur from time to time that prevent it being fully trustworthy.

Most of the people on the Forum, including myself use Macrium Reflect. I do a weekly image of my Windows Operating System to an external portable USB 3 hard drive, which is a fairly quick process. On the 2 occasions that I have needed to use it to reinstall the OS image took about 15 minutes.

I would suggest that you invest in an external hard drive, either a caddy type or a portable one. The one I use is a Hitachi Touro USB 3, portable 1 Terrabyte drive, which I have found reliable. DVD's & flash drives are not recommended for reliable image back ups. If the back up does not work when you desperately need it then it's almost worse than not having one. Backing up to Cloud storage areas are OK, but how easy will it be to access it when you need it?.

Macrium may seem complicated to you, but it really is very easy to use, so I would suggest that you download the free version & give it a go.
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03 Oct 2016   #43
newenglandmom2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Ok, you have convinced me about backup. I know it's vital and would have done it previously, but I never had any luck. But I certainly don't want to go through this kind of ordeal again! A couple of questions...do I need the external drive before I download Macrium? And would an external drive such as yours work for backing up the new computer I plan to buy in a year or two?
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03 Oct 2016   #44
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

A couple of questions...

do I need the external drive before I download Macrium?
No, you could practice with the CD/DVD's before you had the opportunity to purchase the Drive.

And would an external drive such as yours work for backing up the new computer I plan to buy in a year or two?
It should as long as the Drive's file format matches the new computer, usually with Windows it's NTFS.
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03 Oct 2016   #45
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

As Anak says you could practice with alternatives.

In reality we have to use hardware that is available today for things that we wish to do today. Whether they will work in the future is a question that no one can answer. The chances are that they will, but we have to prepare for things to change if it occurs.

Worrying about whether that external back up hard drive will work in the future, does not get back ups done in the meantime, which is the important part. External hard drives are not a major expense. If you have a local reliable computer shop go in & have a chat with them & find out the cost of one.
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03 Oct 2016   #46
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Alternatives.....

Here's one for you,
I have two (almost extinct) machines, one's an XP box, and the other is a Vista, meaning that, that is the operating system (OS) that is installed on each one respectively, and they are networked to this one, my win7 machine. Both have enough room (hard drive space) to accept the numerous images that I would want to place on them, and according to driver scans they're both healthy. That is what I use.

I also have CD's, DVD's and USB flash drives because like Ranger4 says:
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If the back up does not work when you desperately need it then it's almost worse than not having one.
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Let me paraphrase that; It's not almost, it is worse than not having one.
So counting the two extinct machines, the platters, and flash drives I have more than five different ways to recover my machine, and Ranger4 is correct, A hard disk drive (HDD) is the way to go because I don't know for sure if the others are okay, unless I run them, heck, I've even heard of users giving images of their HDD no matter what medium to their family and friends to keep for safekeeping in case the user had a weather catastrophe or a fire.

Diana, it would be nice if you get a new external drive, but if you don't have the wherewith-all to go the "new route" you need to look for alternatives; I do not mean to denigrate Ranger4's position, but one should always have... alternatives....
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04 Oct 2016   #47
newenglandmom2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Sorry, I have had to attend to other affairs. Plan to try the DVD backup tonight, then go buy an external drive. I don't want all your assistance to have been in vain! Will keep you posted.
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04 Oct 2016   #48
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Ahh...Real-Life. Not a problem and thanks for letting us know, post back when you get a chance.

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans".
John Lennon, from "Beautiful Boy" English singer & songwriter (1940 - 1980)








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04 Oct 2016   #49
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Diana, I have just noticed that you have 2 anti virus programs listed in your System Specs. You show Microsoft Security Essentials & McAfee. Having 2 AV programs often cause problems as they clash with one another & unexplained things seem to happen.

I would keep MSE & uninstall McAfee. Uninstalling AV programs can be difficult, so it needs to be done properly. To uninstall McAfee, have a look at this website & follow the directions.

https://service.mcafee.com/webcenter...%3Dul5fi2plg_4
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06 Oct 2016   #50
newenglandmom2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hello all...Well, here's the latest! I downloaded and installed Macrium, followed the prompts, and copied a system image to a DVD. It was surprisingly easy, so I hope it worked! There are 9 files on it, including one that says Boot. I will put it in a safe place! I had already copied all my must-keep files to a flash drive. So at least I have some back-up now...I think. Still need to buy that external drive...

Ranger 4, I un-installed McAfee early on in this process because I'd read that it could cause problems like mine. So maybe those system specs you were reading are no longer current?

Is it safe to delete the original user profile (Diana) from the C drive? Remember, I copied everything on it to Diana2, and it was 60GB. Seems like maybe I don't need 2 user profiles using that much space...

And I almost ready to shut down and restart for the first time in a long time...

Thanks, friends!
Diana
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