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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

25 Mar 2014   #1611
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.1 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Thanks Mark Phelps

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What is the best way to back up and extract installed drivers?
Don't know if it's the "best", but I have used an app known as DoubleDriver to copy all the drivers to a USB stick. This makes it very easy to restore them later, or to simply replace a current driver with the one that I saved.
Thanks for that info.

Additional
Since it specifically mentioned not having to install anything I tried that program.
It (apparently) successfully recovered the USB 3 sys files that I couldn't recover previously.


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25 Mar 2014   #1612
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Aomei is very quick, and it is free.

I have heard drive snapshot new version is amazingly speedy, I haven't tried the latest version. Not free, though.
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26 Mar 2014   #1613
cutiepyie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hello Britton,

Yes I know that WHS has the ISO's on his skydrive site but I wud like to try & do one myself just to see how it goes.
I have already downloaded the WAIK file as an .ISO but how do I actually 'install' it to drive "C"??
I thought ISO's were bootable once burned to disc?
Am I correct in that I will also need to install Macrium Reflect Free to hard drive also?

Tnx a bunch!

CP


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Hi all,
I went to install MRFree last night, seems to have gone okay except for the fact that when I went to make a rescue disk (windows), it told me that it did not work because it could not find the driver "wimmount.sys".
Does anyone know where I can find this driver & if found, how do I install it on system??

Tnx a bunch.

CP
Here's an easier way, see the Note box for two links to the WinRE iso files, it will save a lot of time.
Imaging with free Macrium
These files are the same.
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26 Mar 2014   #1614
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cutiepyie View Post
Hello Britton,

Yes I know that WHS has the ISO's on his skydrive site but I wud like to try & do one myself just to see how it goes.
I have already downloaded the WAIK file as an .ISO but how do I actually 'install' it to drive "C"??
I thought ISO's were bootable once burned to disc?
Am I correct in that I will also need to install Macrium Reflect Free to hard drive also?

Tnx a bunch!

CP


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cutiepyie View Post
Hi all,
I went to install MRFree last night, seems to have gone okay except for the fact that when I went to make a rescue disk (windows), it told me that it did not work because it could not find the driver "wimmount.sys".
Does anyone know where I can find this driver & if found, how do I install it on system??

Tnx a bunch.

CP
Here's an easier way, see the Note box for two links to the WinRE iso files, it will save a lot of time.
Imaging with free Macrium
These files are the same.
You actually should already have Macrium Reflect installed on your hard drive. It's more efficient for making images that way than trying to make them from a recovery disk or USB stick. You need the recovery disk or USB stick only for restoring an image to a drive or partition that has the OS on it.

To make my recovery media, I just let Macrium Reflect download the necessary files and do the work for me. Sure, it takes a little while to download them but I just let it do its thing while I busied myself elsewhere. Once downloaded and stored on your computer, the files can be reused later, if needed.
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26 Mar 2014   #1615
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

I don't think it needs the WAIK any more and does a much smaller download.
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26 Mar 2014   #1616
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cutiepyie View Post
I have already downloaded the WAIK file as an .ISO but how do I actually 'install' it to drive "C"??
I thought ISO's were bootable once burned to disc?
Given you have already downloaded the WAIK, to install it you need to burn the ISO to a DVD using something like the Windows burn utility or the popular ImgBurn program. Then insert the DVD and follow the instructions.

Oh and my WAIK download was an ISO. Also, creating a pe used to be different for the free vs the paid version of Macrium. It's still not clear to me if the new free Macrium supports pe creation without the WAIK. It still appears to default to the WAIK but I have been using a custom winpe.wim.
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26 Mar 2014   #1617
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

It's been awhile, but I don't think WAIK was a .iso file. It was more of an installer and if I recall installed automatically after it downloaded.

If you click on Create Recovery disk and it doesn't ask for the WAIK, then what Kado said is true, it's not needed. I have WAIK, so I can't tell if this is true.
I don't want to uninstall it to test.
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26 Mar 2014   #1618
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

I've just tried it in a Win7 VM. If you chose the PE3 version no download but there is a 380MB download with the PE4 version.
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26 Mar 2014   #1619
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Lat time I looked waik comes in iso format. No need to burn it. Just mount it. You will need an iso mounter. If you already have poweriso/ultraiso/winiso, they will do it.

If not, this is surprisingly good:
WinCDEmu - Browse Files at SourceForge.net

macrium does require some of the files from waik/wadk, just the winpe.wim and some tools - not the whole thing.

It isn't that difficult to d/l just the files you want from waik/wadk, if you know the range.

I am adding that capability to my little winpe makers soon. They will always try to find winre.wim first - that is vastly better because it already several packages, windows recovery options for example. Only if winre.wim cannot be found will it offer to d/l a winpe.wim from MS.

Aomei works in a similar way - it looks for winre.wim first, because it is much better than than the winpe from waik/wadk.
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26 Mar 2014   #1620
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

What's the big discussion. He has the WAIK. Now all he needs to do is to install Macrium and create the recovery CD or stick from within Macrium - click on the CD icon all the way top left in the Macrium window.
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