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Windows 7: Performing Image Restore Computer Uses Wrong Image

5 Days Ago   #1
positron777

windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Performing Image Restore Computer Uses Wrong Image

I am having some weird problems and need help.

I have windows 7 ultimate.

I have used three different programs, malware antimalware, AVG, and Windows Defender and found zero problems on my home, single computer. I uninstalled AVG.

Ok. So am thinking I will restore from my windowsimagebackup 11-14-17 on external Harddrive. I added the date after I performed my image backup. I will simply remove the date so I just have "WindowsImageBackup" (Without " marks.) and do a restore.

I also have three other WindowsImageBackups on my external F: harddrive. The three have dates 6-4-19, 2-8-20, and 3-23-20 added so as to not over right them, and see them.

I want to go back as far as possible to as pristine as possible windows 7. I am thinking less errors to deal with.

However, when I do an image restore, the computer sees F: drive but uses an image 1-20-20, which is not listed on any harddrive. If I had an image from that date, I already deleted it some months ago from F: drive. It is not listed on F: drive as a double check.

What is causing the image restore to see an image that has been deleted, and what do I do to restore using "WindowsImageBackup" from date 11-14-17?

cheers and thanks for any help and time.
pos777


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5 Days Ago   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Where are you getting those dates from?

Did you check the date of the vhd file?

Performing Image Restore Computer Uses Wrong Image-vhd-date.jpg


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5 Days Ago   #3
positron777

windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Where are you getting those dates from?

Did you check the date of the vhd file?

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Thanks for your reply SIW2. When the computer is searching for an image to restore, after reboot, the date is part of the information provided, which is 1-20-20.

The dates I used were when the backup images were created.

When fully booted up into windows 7 ultimate x64, when I open explorer, power on external G: drive, I don't see any 1-20-20 date for one of my image backups.



In the past, I have performed backups with no problems, so I don't understand the problem unless corruption has occurred.

What is a vhd file?

cheers and thanks again.


pos777
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5 Days Ago   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

the vhd file is the actual image file.It is large.

It is inside the windowsimagebackup folder. Take a look and check the date on it

Performing Image Restore Computer Uses Wrong Image-vhd-file.jpg


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5 Days Ago   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

When you create an image older blocks are moved into shadow storage. The vhd file you can see contains the most recent image.
To restore from an earlier image than the date on vhd file requires accessing shadow storage, which you might not have if you are renaming/moving your image folders.

You could also do a search for *.vhd to find where they all are. I don't know what you are using for search, the free everything by voidtools is good
voidtools
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5 Days Ago   #6
positron777

windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
When you create an image older blocks are moved into shadow storage. The vhd file you can see contains the most recent image.
To restore from an earlier image than the date on vhd file requires accessing shadow storage, which you might not have if you are renaming/moving your image folders.

You could also do a search for *.vhd to find where they all are. I don't know what you are using for search, the free everything by voidtools is good
voidtools

I double clicked on each of the windowsimagebackup folders and each Modified date simply stated the date I performed the backup image,

except,

the "WindowsImageBackup 11-14-17" folder which states Modified date 1-14-20. Wow. Yet, when

I click on properties, it says that I created the image on 11-14-17.


But it was just the other day, I thought, that I removed the date to read "WindowsImageBackup".

Was it my changing the name that altered the modification date? Maybe I read the date wrong when I restored using the image. Maybe it said 1-24-2020. My eyesight is not exactly the best.

Does that mean I actually already backed up using the 11-14-17 image file? If so, then that is exactly what I wanted.


cheers and thanks.
pos777
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4 Days Ago   #7
positron777

windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

So far, the printer has been working great, and all seems to be in order. Defrag has not messed up the computer, printer etc.



As of now I think all is a ok. Will keep informed if a problems pops up. I did uninstall CCleaner.


Thanks to gentlemen who helped me solve the problem. When I was in college we did not learn about computers, so this was a nice learning experience.



positron777
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4 Days Ago   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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4 Days Ago   #9
positron777

windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, after an image restore, printer working this afternoon, I just went to print, and .....


I just attempted to print a pdf and in printer box upper left corner of screen, under status says

error - prin just occurred again. Size of file is 29.4KB/64KB (A small box comes up in the upper left corner saying HP deskjet 1050 J410 series printing, with name, status, owner, pages, size etc.......

The printer printed just the top line and stopped. After a minute or so, it just spit the paper out. The printer's power light is just blinking and the HP symbol in the bottom right tray is blinking.

I just did an image backup from 2017 this morning, trying to make sure win 7 was in the best condition possible, nearly 3 years before my problems started, and has worked this afternoon.

I am at a loss. Any thoughts?
pos

ps. Just tried printing again, and absolutely nothing, Under status it again says error - prin

pss. I just ran HP scan doctor, it found issues, and went to print test page, Nothing, nothing, not even a hint.


psss. Just used HP easy start, which installed all new software, no print of test page. Nothing.
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4 Days Ago   #10
positron777

windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Just now, after running easy start, I just ran glary Utilities and got rid of 2000+ tracks (erased), and 300+ mb of file cleaning, then rebooted, and the printer works like a charm again.

Will keep informed.

pos
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