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Windows 7: Imaging strategies

25 Nov 2013   #121
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Here is some more verse I found regarding the Deployment license

http://www.macrium.com/deployment.asp

http://kb.macrium.com/KnowledgebaseArticle50086.aspx


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25 Nov 2013   #122
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I just saw this. May save your company some money.
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25 Nov 2013   #123
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I just saw this. May save your company some money.
I received the same e-mail this afternoon ... 30% off!
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25 Nov 2013   #124
Frank1

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

My computer is a laptop and I do my backups on an external drive. The external drive has free space of 296 GB. Drive C: on my laptop has 528 GB free of 557 GB. So you can see that my backups don't require that much space. My OS is Windows 8.1 and when I make an image I always use the one built in the OS from when I had 7 and now that I have 8.1. When I start the image it always warns me that the image currently on the disk will be overwritten. I of course click OK. My question is: Do I have to overwrite the previous image or can I leave it there and create a new one keeping in mind that I am using Win 8.1? Or would it be necessary for me to create another partition on the external drive.
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25 Nov 2013   #125
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yeah, Windows imaging is not very user friendly - and not very reliable either. If you want to keep your old image, you'll have to move or rename it. But whether it will be useful for recovery, I don't know. I have given up on Windows imaging long time ago.

I use free Macrium and there you can keep as many images as you like and manage them as you please. And Macrium is reliable which is the most important aspect.
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25 Nov 2013   #126
Frank1

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Yeah, Windows imaging is not very user friendly - and not very reliable either. If you want to keep your old image, you'll have to move or rename it. But whether it will be useful for recovery, I don't know. I have given up on Windows imaging long time ago.

I use free Macrium and there you can keep as many images as you like and manage them as you please. And Macrium is reliable which is the most important aspect.
Ok, Thanks. I'm going to get Macrium as I have heard some good reports about it.
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25 Nov 2013   #127
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Frank, download the Macrium recovery .iso from my skydrive and burn it to CD. That saves you 2 hours of download time for the WAIK.

https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=475a0...A6D4035%211812

And here is a little help to get you started.

Imaging with free Macrium
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25 Nov 2013   #128
Frank1

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Frank, download the Macrium recovery .iso from my skydrive and burn it to CD. That saves you 2 hours of download time for the WAIK.

https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=475a0...A6D4035%211812

And here is a little help to get you started.

Imaging with free Macrium
Thanks I do appreciate it, but I have already downloaded and installed it. I then made a Rescue disk and created an image which I finished about 2 minutes ago. In my previous post I said I would install and learn how to use it, but I found out that there is little to learn. It's pretty simple to use and I do prefer it over the one built into windows.
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25 Nov 2013   #129
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, how did you create the WinPE rescue disc that fast. You must have a very fast line. I hope you did not make a Linux rescue disc - they are no good.
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25 Nov 2013   #130
Frank1

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Hmm, how did you create the WinPE rescue disc that fast. You must have a very fast line. I hope you did not make a Linux rescue disc - they are no good.
My computer is quite fast. I have 8 gig of RAM installed and I have a good high speed connection. I don't remember how long it took to download and install, but it was a big file so it did take a fair amount of time to download and then install. When I ran it the first time a message came up telling me that I did not make a rescue medium so I put in a blank CD and created the disk. I had to options one of which was Windows which I, of course, chose. I then plugged in the USB to my external drive. I then made a folder and named it Nov 25 image. I started Reflect and created the image on that folder. I didn't time it but it took approx 30 minutes. I then decided to see how well the restore worked. So I made some changes and added some folder and emptied my recycle bin. I then restored the image which took less time than creating it. After the restore everything was as it was. The folders created were gone and the recycle bin was full as it was before. So everything is as it should be.
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