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Windows 7: Windows 7 install Not Shown in Restore

1 Week Ago   #11
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

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connected to a USB3 port but it was not "found"
Possibly your boot media doesn't contain usb3 drivers.


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1 Week Ago   #12
SIW2

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I am unsure if this old computer, Intel 2600K processor in Asus P8z68-V Gen 3 motherboard will boot to a flash drive
It must be able to. Even my ancient 755 socket mobo can do that.


If you are creating aomei boot media, download the winpe they offer

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Alternatively you could use my boot media:

183x64.iso

ideally should be extracted to usb using e.g. usb7ice
Usb7ice.zip

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1 Week Ago   #13
tomg

 
 

Downloaded and installed AOMEI backupper standard. Ran the program, selected "create new backup" and saw the screen shown below. The default for saving the file to H: (another SSD in the system), was the only option. There was no option to save the file to the flash drive plugged into a usb3 port or to an external hard drive plugged into another usb3 port. The only other option was "save to a network location" which I do not wish to do. How do I specify the flash drive as the place for AOMEI to save the system backup? Thank you.


Read two posts above then downloaded 183x64.iso and USB7ice.zip. Used USB7ice to create flash drive with 183x64. Restarted computer pressing F8 but flash drive was not shown in the boot options. Elected eufi from the menu, entered the bios, and noticed on the boot options that eufi was disabled. Went to another page in the bios, clicked on eufi and the system apparently loaded the contents of the flash drive made with the 183x64 iso as it appeared to be a minimal version of windows 10. I did start Aomei while in the Windows 10 environment but had no backups since I had been unable to make the backup to a flash drive. Appears from SIW2's post above that the option to use the WinPE environment is with AOMEI Pro which I do not have. The only option that AOMEI standard is offering is to make the backup to another onboard SSD which I guess would work. Help please. Thank you.


Another update (still using AOMEO standard):
I overwrote the bootable flash disk mentioned in my last post above by going into AOMEI standard "tools" and making a Windows PE Disc in the Create UEFI bootable disc mode and did have the option to enable "download WinPE creating environment from internet". Restarted the computer, pressed F8 at the Asus splash screen and selected EUFI from the boot options menu. The system booted from the flash drive into Win10PE. There was an icon for AOMEI which I used to launch AOMEI then was able to see a backup the system had made on another onboard SSD (not the system drive). I closed the restore window and surmise that I now have an emergency option in the event the upgrade from Win7 to Win10 fails. Is this correct or do I need to pursue this until I can get AOMEI to make its backup on a flash drive instead of the onboard SSD?


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1 Week Ago   #14
tomg

 
 

Successfully upgraded from Win 7 to Win 10 today. Thanks to all who offered helpful suggestions. tomg
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1 Week Ago   #15
SIW2

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1 Week Ago   #16
Snick

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1 Week Ago   #17
tomg

 
 

Windows is not activated. Tried putting in my valid Win7 product key and it did not work. Very discouraged.
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1 Week Ago   #18
SIW2

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You could use the gatherosstate method.

1.If you do not currently have win7 installed on that machine:
2.Shrink your win10 partition to create enough space to restore the win7 image you have.
3.Restore your win7 image to that free space.
4.Boot into your restored win7
5.copy gatherosstate.exe from win10 installation media sources folder onto your win 7 desktop.
6. Run gaterosstate.exe and it will create a genuineticket.xml file on your win7 desktop
7.Copy the genuineticket.xml it created from your win7 desktop into the windows 10 \ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\ClipSVC\GenuineTicket.

You will need to have Hidden Folders showing to see it. Foder Options > View > Show hidden files
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1 Week Ago   #19
tomg

 
 

First, thank you for the information.

You could use the gatherosstate method.
Gatherosstate seems similar to the procedure discussed in this video:
YouTube

1.If you do not currently have win7 installed on that machine:
I believe Win7 is gone after the upgrade to Win10 though there is a folder called Window.sold on the C: drive.
2.Shrink your win10 partition to create enough space to restore the win7 image you have.
Attached is a screenshot of what I see in the "Computer Management" window of Administrative Tools. I surmise we would want to shrink the c: partition? How much?
3.Restore your win7 image to that free space.
Not sure how - using AOMEI?

4.Boot into your restored win7
Not sure how - F8 on boot and select the drive containing Win7?

5.copy gatherosstate.exe from win10 installation media sources folder onto your win 7 desktop.

I do not have a media sources folder so would it be generated when creating a flash drive using the Windows Media creation tool?
6. Run gaterosstate.exe and it will create a genuineticket.xml file on your win7 desktop
7.Copy the genuineticket.xml it created from your win7 desktop into the windows 10 \ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\ClipSVC\GenuineTicket.
I do not find a \ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\ClipSVC\GenuineTicket folder in Windows 10.

You will need to have Hidden Folders showing to see it. Foder Options > View > Show hidden files

I am sure you can tell by my comments above that my knowledge level is inadequate for the task. Sorry to take your time and not be able to follow the procedure. tomg
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1 Week Ago   #20
tomg

 
 

Gentlemen -
I cannot explain it but read on. Following my last post, I actually found the Win7 Pro CD that I used to install Win7 Pro when I built this computer, called MS store support, and they refused to allow the upgrade though I had proof that I was upgrading a legitimate copy of Win7 Pro. So, following SIW2's latest suggestions in an amateurish way, I found an old 120GB SSD that I had taken out of my wife's computer years ago and installed it in my computer with the idea of restoring the AOMEI backup of Win7 to it rather than trying to shrink partitions which I felt was above my knowledge level. Formatted the 120GB SSD, rebooted with the AOMEI flash drive, selected the image to restore, and got an error that the available space was 107GB and the restoration needed 183GB. Exited the restore process, rebooted and did not see the "Activate Windows" logo on my desktop. Went to the activation screen and saw the message that "Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account". See the screenshot below. I was not aware I had a Microsoft account but did put it my email address when prompted by Windows 10 yesterday, was asked to set as password, did, and then got an email that my MS Account password had been updated. I do not see how the actions recounted here could precipitate the activation of my Windows 10 upgrade but for now, all is well.

Comment as you like - I feel like I am living in the Twilight Zone (for those of you over age 50).

Thank you all so much.

tomg


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