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Windows 7: Windows 7 System Image not finding image files

23 Apr 2017   #11
SIW2

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I've never tried giving a sub directory the same name as my PC name if that's what SIW2-PC
It can be given any name.

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24 Apr 2017   #12
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
It can be given any name.
I've used Windows image/restore extensively in the past on a number of PCs and moving the image folder to a subdirectory cannot be recognised unless it is moved back again. I haven't used Windows imaging for some time so I went through the exercise again and the image is not recognised in a sub directory.
I don't know what you are doing. In your screenshot entries like the first one are to be expected but I don't know what the 2nd entry is - iso_store(U: )

Is there anyone else who can pick up a Windows inbuilt system image in a subdirectory when attempting an image restore?
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24 Apr 2017   #13
SIW2

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It looks for drive:\WindowsImageBackup. Therefore you can move the entire WindowsImageBackup folder to a different drive. Obviously it won't be found if you put WindowsImageBackup inside another folder.

(That is normal for Windows, e.g. setup.exe looks for drive:\sources\setup.exe ).


I posted about the inaccurate statement:

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If the default names below the WindowsImageBackup level are changed in any way, the Image Recovery utility will not see them at all and the 'images to recover' list will be blank
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From my screenshot:

U:\WindowsImageBackup\Any name you want\can also give this any name\xxxxxx.vhd

Any name you want helps you to identify it in the gui screen.

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24 Apr 2017   #14
Barnstormer

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
It looks for drive:\WindowsImageBackup. Therefore you can move the entire WindowsImageBackup folder to a different drive. Obviously it won't be found if you put WindowsImageBackup inside another folder.

(That is normal for Windows, e.g. setup.exe looks for drive:\sources\setup.exe ).


I posted about the inaccurate statement:

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From my screenshot:

U:\WindowsImageBackup\Any name you want\can also give this any name\xxxxxx.vhd

Any name you want helps you to identify it in the gui screen.

This is exactly why I posted the comment about creating a folder with a name that makes sense and just moving the entire WindowsImageBackup folder into it. That way you do not run into any issues renaming the actual WindowsImageBackup folder since the built in Windows 7 Imaging program is so picky. I have been using this method on 4 custom built PC's and a Lenovo W530 laptop without issue.

Pick the restore image you want and move it back to the root of the drive and restore. Not saying your method will not work, I just know I have fat fingers sometimes and this method eliminates it for me.
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24 Apr 2017   #15
SIW2

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Yes, whatever works for you.
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24 Apr 2017   #16
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
It looks for drive:\WindowsImageBackup. Therefore you can move the entire WindowsImageBackup folder to a different drive. Obviously it won't be found if you put WindowsImageBackup inside another folder.
That is what I have been saying all along.

I would not recommend users move the system image to another drive. It involves a physical move of GBs of data. Moving to a subdirectory or renaming effectively results in a directory change involving no physical move of image data.
You can move the image back to the root or rename it after you boot the system repair disc if you need to. No matter what you do, Windows inbuilt system imaging is very lacking in flexibility.
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24 Apr 2017   #17
Barnstormer

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
That is what I have been saying all along.

No matter what you do, Windows inbuilt system imaging is very lacking in flexibility.

Can Macrium restore the Windows built in System created Image without jumping through hoops to get it restored?
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24 Apr 2017   #18
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barnstormer View Post
Can Macrium restore the Windows built in System created Image without jumping through hoops to get it restored?
Just reread your question.
No it won't restore a Windows inbuilt image. It restores its own images.
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24 Apr 2017   #19
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Windows imaging works fine. Has lots of advantages. The gui doesn't offer a lot of options, by design.

The images are in .vhd format and can be accessed by plenty of other tools, including 7-zip. They can also be mounted natively by windows read/write simply by clicking on them. For the geeks,they can also be converted into other formats using free tools such as pguru. In addition they form part of the system restore armory.
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24 Apr 2017   #20
Barnstormer

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Windows imaging works fine. Has lots of advantages. The gui doesn't offer a lot of options, by design.

The images are in .vhd format and can be accessed by plenty of other tools, including 7-zip. They can also be mounted natively by windows read/write simply by clicking on them. For the geeks,they can also be converted into other formats using free tools such as pguru. In addition they form part of the system restore armory.
SIW2,

Can your PE disc project restore an image created with the built in Windows imaging program?

If it can, what steps do you take after booting with the PE disc?
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