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Windows 7: Multiple OS installations from 1 image file

02 Feb 2012   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
I don't understand how that will work. If you install to C: that means everything in the registry is expecting things to be on C:.

If you then take an image and restore it to another partition which is F: or G:, anything but C: are you saying Windows 7 will boot and run without any problems?
The active OS partition (the one that runs at this moment - not to be confused with 'active' where the bootngr is) will always be C - but if it is not active and running, it can have any letter.


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02 Feb 2012   #12
SIW2

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Yes, I do it all the time.

Plenty of people take an image so that if the HD fails, they can restore it to not just a different partition - but an entirely different HD.
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02 Feb 2012   #13
SIW2

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Usually, but not necessarily.

You can see my current windows partition ( labelled "boot" in disk management ) is in fact, X.

Multiple OS installations from 1 image file-boot.jpg


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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
I don't understand how that will work. If you install to C: that means everything in the registry is expecting things to be on C:.

If you then take an image and restore it to another partition which is F: or G:, anything but C: are you saying Windows 7 will boot and run without any problems?
The active OS partition (the one that runs at this moment - not to be confused with 'active' where the bootngr is) will always be C - but if it is not active and running, it can have any letter.


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02 Feb 2012   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

SIW, how did you manage to name it 'X'.
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02 Feb 2012   #15
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

During installation:

Apply the o/s image to the partition ( in the normal way ) - load up the registry, make a few changes.

Then continue as normal,creating the boot files, restarting the pc -and installation completes as normal - except you now have your chosen o/s letter.

I use a batch file to do it.

Will pm you a copy if you like.

I don't know a way of changing the o/s letter after installation
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02 Feb 2012   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are a real master tweaker. And thanks for offering the file but I do not think I have any use for it. My systems are 'simple', LOL.
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03 Feb 2012   #17
Kevin Ismail

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
You can take an image of your o/s partition ( usually calls itself C ) - which may be on Disk0 partition 2.

You can restore that image to any other partition without issue.
Hi SIW2
Do you mean each time it restored to a different drive it will enlist itself to menu entries and show up on initial screen? (which is editable by BCD program)
Thx
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03 Feb 2012   #18
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes, it will be on the boot menu - (assuming you have the boot menu set to display)

Have you guys never restored an image to a different partition than it was made from?

I am amazed.

It is not something you can do easily with Windows built in system imaging program .

All other imaging programs I can think of will do it.
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03 Feb 2012   #19
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

I guess I have to try it to believe it. Is this a change from XP to Vista/Windows 7? Or is it a function of the software you use to create/restore the image.

I know in XP if I created an image from my C: partition then restore it to my F: partition and added it to boot.ini, either manually or using bootcfg, it would not run worth a darn because it would still be F: when booted.
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04 Feb 2012   #20
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Imaging software has come on a lot since the days of Ghost 5 or whatever everyone used to use.
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