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Windows 7: Image your system with free Macrium

19 Mar 2012   #561
Dick Jagger

Windows 7 Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Without the 100MB active system partition, it will not boot. Check first on the system from where the image came whether that 100MB partition exists. Then make 2 seperat images of that and of C: (you can use the one you have).

On the new system you will first have to define those 2 partitions before you can rstore them. The 100MB partition is the active partition.

But that is not the end of your troubles. The whole project will probably die in the drivers and the Win7 product activation. What I suggest is to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview on the old XP system. Then you have a clean slate.
Thanks - on my current win7 system, there is a 100mb system partition set as active and two primary drives, of about 250gb each.

so first, I need to make an image of the system partition, then restore that to the old xp box? How or where to restore it to?

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19 Mar 2012   #562
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

To get it on the XP system is no big deal. To make it work, is another matter. Do you in fact have an extra Win7 product key to make it work on another system?? If not, I would stop right here.
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21 Mar 2012   #563
Dick Jagger

Windows 7 Ultimate

I ended up just doing a new install and now trying to copy files and replicate settings. Thanks for the help.
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26 Mar 2012   #564

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon | Win 7 Ult x64
Macrium Free: Create custom WinPE with added drivers


I recently imaged my system with Macrium, and I got the missing drivers errors. I had my mobo cd handy and could load the drivers. Surprisingly, Macrium was missing the RTL8111 LAN driver.

Anyway, I integrated the drivers from my mobo into the .wim file per the knowledgebase article, but silly me, I didn't create a new rescue disk. So when I went to use the disk, it of course complained of missing drivers.

So I went to create a new WinPE, but I'm not sure how to proceed when I'm asked for the .wim file. The default one that is checked is the one dated 2009 (winPE.wim). The one I integrated my drivers into is called boot.wim, and is 14mb larger (for 2 drivers??)

Anyway, I note that Macrium do not allow users of the free version access to any support whatsoever, nor do they allow access to the forums (The latter is quite disappointing). So I'm hoping that some expertise exists here...

Can anyone clarify if I should use the boot.wim, or do I have to stick with the WinPE.wim installed with the software?


ooops.. I meant to post this as a new thread. My mistake, sorry.
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26 Mar 2012   #565

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

You can integrate your driver using the DISM command to the base winpe.wim then use the "custom" winpe.wim option in Macrium (free). If you have selected the option to always include new drivers manually after boot then that would work also.
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26 Mar 2012   #566

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
I know this is W7 but some of you are probably trying out the new W8 consumer preview.
Hope I'll save you some time here ==:

This doesn't work on it !!! (yet).

IMO if you want a FREEBIE that is reliable -- takes a bit of a learning curve but works in W7 and W8

1: get the imageex.exe from the WAIK (same program from W7 WAIK can be used on W8 too).

2: Create an install.WIM file of your running system system

3: Image it.

4: extract it when you want to restore your image.

Commands are a bit fiddly but works every time. Google a bit as the explanation is a bit complex for this type of thread.

For Windows 8 there is a built in utility for restoring an image called recimg.

For W7 the utility doesn't exist but you can still restore a .WIM file

read through this link -- should help to further searches for you.

On W7 I have acronis -- which also works on W8 --but if you have a few machines paying 45 USD per machine gets expensive so on W8 I'm using the "Freebie".

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26 Mar 2012   #567

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

I can confirm that it doesn't work on win 8. See this thread. Macrium Reflect Free BSODS - Windows 8 Forums
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26 Mar 2012   #568

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider

You can also use Hiren's Boot SD, download the ISO file and burn it to CD/USB drive boot into mini XP. One of the many programs on there is the linux version pf Macrium rescue.
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26 Mar 2012   #569

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
You can also use Hiren's Boot SD, download the ISO file and burn it to CD/USB drive boot into mini XP. One of the many programs on there is the linux version pf Macrium rescue.
It is actually an old PE version(4.2 I think) but it still works even with images created by v5.
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26 Mar 2012   #570

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

@Jimbo - have you only just realised this?

Wim imaging has been around for a few years. It is not intended as a backup mechanism - it is possible to use it that way - but it is not practical.

Yes , In am aware of recimg on win8 ( it is not for a complete restore btw - your data is not included ). It is nowhere near as good as a 3rd party app.

Free ( or paid ) 3rd party apps. specially made for the job are much better.

@ Kado - can you elaborate on macrium bsod on win8 ?

How and when did that happen?
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