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Windows 7: Can I 'system image' recover

10 May 2013   #1

Windows 7 home premium x64
Can I 'system image' recover


I just changed my gigabyte Z68 mobo to a Z77 but could not boot Windows 7 (made an image of my old 'C' drive before hand) I fresh installed to the same disk and installed drivers for the new mobo (windows.old is there). Now all my disks and their partitions are the same as before (names and letters) BUT...Can I do a 'system image' restore to get back the files,folders and programs from the previous (Z68) 'C' drive back into the new Win 7?

Will doing so bugger up the drivers for the new mobo?

Will I have to reinstall all my programs etc?

regards Russ

My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 May 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

You should just reinstall everything, the image will have all the board drivers for the old board and may cause conflicts with the newer ones.
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10 May 2013   #3
Victor S

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

If I understand you right, the image taken when the old MB was in place didn't work with the new MB.
So trying that image again will just overwrite your new Win 7 install, and again won't boot.
You should have done this first
Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

If you start trouble-shooting why your image didn't boot, it's possible you can get that going, but you wasted your time with the new Win 7 install,
You'll probably be better off now time-wise just reinstalling your programs.
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10 May 2013   #4

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

I go along with a clean install. Windows will take care of most of your drivers but I would install the manufacturers graphics driver from their website. Also, deactivate any paid software that requires deactivating (eg. Photoshop).
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10 May 2013   #5


You can mount the image from the old install in Disk Mgmt to open it like a drive and copy out the files if necessary: Virtual Hard Disk - Create and Attach VHD

But if you have windows.old all of your files should be in there anyway. It also means you didn't really do a Clean Install, deleting all partitions, creating and formatting new as you should before install to avoid complications.

If you want to reinstall the old mobo you can SysPrep the image as shown in the tutorial Victor linked. It's too late otherwise.

Win7 is a driver-complete OS in the installer, quickly updated via Optional Windows Updates. You do not need to provide mobo drivers like with XP. They are provided. Only supply drivers still missing after all rounds of Updates are done.
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10 May 2013   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64


If you really need to, you can restore the image.

Before booting it up you will need to adjust the system hive.

Fiddly hand, but Paragon has a point and click module that will do it in a second.

The module is called p2p adjust (aka adaptive restore )

You would need a paid version, though. It is included in the BR 12 Home ( not sure if it in the trail version - doubt it )

Paragon Backup & Recovery Home - Backup and restore partitions, hard disks or files

If you are really stuck, if you post up the system hive in a zip I will have a go at fixing it manually and post it back.
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10 May 2013   #7

Windows 7 home premium x64

Thanks for all the info,

I couldn't do a sysprep...even tho I was sure my installation was a fresh one.

I don't know why but when I attached my 'C' harddrive back into the same sata0 port on the new mobo...first it showed up as the 'I' my attempt to restore the image didn't work. Then when I removed all my other disks and had just the old 'C' drive it showed up as a 'D' drive...this complicated the situation somewhat!!!

Why would this have happened...any idea?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 May 2013   #8


SysPrep must be done on the original hardware. The drive is now only a data drive to be issued the next available letter from the new install you made on new mobo.

Si, is Paragon Adaptive Restore CD still in the public domain for freeware sharing? Seems it should be the same situation as with PW 4.2 we share to do free Dynamic conversion.

I have the ISO if so. CD still works great, actually better than their Virtualization trial from last year.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 May 2013   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

I have no idea Greg.

I vaguely recall they were giving one away some time ago.

I don't think they are still handing it out, or at least I haven't seen it for a while.

Was it called Adaptive restore cd or some other name.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 May 2013   #10


Yes, we linked it here for about a year in 2010 and then the download links all went away. About a year after that they put out the Virtualization manager trial which wasn't even as good, not even a boot disk.

I use my PAR disk all the time to this day.
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