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Windows 7: Image restore without Windows installed

20 Feb 2015   #1

Windows 10 Home 64b
Image restore without Windows installed

Can i still restore a system image (with Windows Backup & Restore appplication) if i don't have a Windows 7 installed? i want to install a new hard drive and avoid the hassle of installing the OS and then restore.

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20 Feb 2015   #2

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

If you want to use the Windows built in utility, see if this tutorial by Brink helps:
System Image Recovery

If you can still boot Windows with the old HD, you could consider using Macrium free to "transfer the OS" to the new HD.
Here is a tutorial by whs:
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
It's for transferring from a HD to SSD, but the same concepts apply to transferring from a HD to a new HD.

The built in Windows utility is more "finicky" in how it works and what it does...
I recommend using Macrium or some other 3rd party imaging utility, they offer more options and control ...
I've "migrated" to a new HD or SSD using Macrium or Acronis, many times.
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 Image restore without Windows installed

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