There were many reports where people did rely on Windows 7 images. But, when their system became inoperable and they wanted to recover with their Windows7 image, it did not work. The reasons are not always very clear and it really does not matter. The fact that one cannot recover the system is a dramatic event.
This tutorial will explain a procedure how one may still be able to use this broken image for recovery if the following conditions are given:
- The Windows 7 image is on an external drive or the drive can be externalized
- You have another working system (Windows 7, Vista, or XP) to which you can attach the external drive
- The VHD of the Windows7 image does still existThe approach is to reimage the Windows7 VHD and restore from that image.
We will use free Macrium for that operation. You will find a tutorial on how to operate free Macrium on this tutorial page.
For the recovery you need to burn the WinPE DVD which is explained in the Macrium tutorial. The recovery steps using the WinPE DVD are explained in this tutorial by Kado, which you find at this YouTube site
. Note that this tutorial has text but no sound.
In addition, we will use the Windows Disk Management. If you type Disk Management
into the Start/Search box and hit Enter, it should show up.