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07 Mar 2016   #81
Del 80

Windows Vista Home Basic
 
 

Just a quick question......Macrium is telling me that Microsoft won't allow reinstalling an o/s from a USB drive.......the guy in my local computer shop says that you can do this, they do it all the time.......which is right ?............Del.


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07 Mar 2016   #82
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

I have found that it is dependent on the hardware, if this allows booting from a USB stick then the stick will work for install. There is of course some security in place these days to prevent the automatic boot of USB sticks to prevent malware attacks - It may be best to create a CD/DVD for the actual Macrium recovery system "disc" - which may be what macrium is warning about, (I do not personally use Macrium, so best wait for an actual user to confirm this )
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07 Mar 2016   #83
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Del 80 View Post
Just a quick question......Macrium is telling me that Microsoft won't allow reinstalling an o/s from a USB drive.......the guy in my local computer shop says that you can do this, they do it all the time.......which is right ?............Del.
How exactly is Macrium "telling" you this? Do you mean an on-screen message within Macrium itself? A help file? Something somebody said on the Macrium forum?

Do you mean storing a Macrium image file of the OS on a USB drive and then restoring that image?

Or do you mean outright "reinstalling an o/s from a USB drive"?

Two different things. The latter must be bootable. The former is just a storage location. A restoration of an image file is not the same as installing from scratch.


Booting from USB may not work as Barman says. Using a USB drive as a storage location works as far as I know although I do NOT personally store Macrium image files on a USB drive. I store them on a standard hard drive.

I use a burned CD as the bootable Macrium recovery disk, but I'm pretty sure some other Macrium users use a USB flash drive.
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07 Mar 2016   #84
Del 80

Windows Vista Home Basic
 
 

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07 Mar 2016   #85
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Del, that's not an issue - it's stating that you cannot install Windows onto a USB drive and run it from there - you can install from a USB Drive but you cannot install onto a USB Drive and run windows from the USB Drive
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07 Mar 2016   #86
ignatzatsonic

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Additionally, that message refers to CLONING.

Macrium can clone or it can make and restore an image. Two different functions entirely.

As far as I know, you aren't interested in cloning.

Cloning has nothing to do with making an image file and later restoring it.

Cloning is not a proper "backup" of an existing operating system installation. It's usually intended to simply transfer an installation from one working hard drive to another one--usually a new and larger one when the older one has run out of space.
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07 Mar 2016   #87
Del 80

Windows Vista Home Basic
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Del, that's not an issue - it's stating that you cannot install Windows onto a USB drive and run it from there - you can install from a USB Drive but you cannot install onto a USB Drive and run windows from the USB Drive
Ahhh.....I see it now....thanks for that.....another lesson learned....Del.
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08 Mar 2016   #88
Del 80

Windows Vista Home Basic
 
 

Don't know how it's worked, but after backing up o/s decided to try disc borrowed from friend, while waiting for delivery from Amazon.......put disc in.....just under an hour later, I am on Windows 7 .....WITH a product key AND activated.....AND offering free upgrade to Windows 10.......how is that possible ?........just run Malwarebytes and it's all clean and green...perhaps forking out 25 on Amazon is poetic justice.......Del.
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08 Mar 2016   #89
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

There's 2 parts to WAT, run the Mgadiag, and check if its REGISTERED, lower part.

Roy
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08 Mar 2016   #90
Del 80

Windows Vista Home Basic
 
 

Just run the Windows validation tool......it reports that Windows is genuine.....I have also seen somewhere that the update ending in 1033 will tell whether or not Windows is genuine......is that correct.....I have that update....... .Del.
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