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Windows 7: Novice question on DISM++

05 Oct 2018   #1
goopy

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
Novice question on DISM++ System Backup

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Yes. You will also need to put your windows product key in again.
The easiest way is to use dism++. Click Toolkit in the left pane, then select activation backup.Click backup.
After the repair install has completed,run dism++ again. Select toolkit, click activation backup.Click restore.
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Direct download dism++
https://www.chuyu.me/en/index.html
Greetings SIW2.
Came across this interesting post of yours, and have a few questions:
1. Can't seem to find activation backup mentioned in your post. Only System Backup is available.
2. Can the wim file created by System Backup be used to re-generate the system on a new drive by sticking it in the source folder of installation media and running it?
3. Does the wim file contain key/files necessary for activation?
4. Does it include also applications installed/

Many thanks and best regards,


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05 Oct 2018   #2
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

Hi goopy,

SIW2 is/was referring to the backup created during a Repair Install
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06 Oct 2018   #3
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi goopy,


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by goopy View Post
Greetings SIW2.
Came across this interesting post of yours, and have a few questions:
1. Can't seem to find activation backup mentioned in your post. Only System Backup is available.
2. Can the wim file created by System Backup be used to re-generate the system on a new drive by sticking it in the source folder of installation media and running it?
3. Does the wim file contain key/files necessary for activation?
4. Does it include also applications installed?
[1] SIW2 gave you an alternative method of backing up and restoring the activation Product Key using DISM++.
On a laptop, it will either be on a sticker on the bottom, or in the battery compartment. If the sticker is too worn to read, or there isn't one, then you can retrieve it by either using Belarc Advisor or Magic Jelly Bean. Write this Product Key down and keep it in a safe place.
[2] In order to do this, you will need to clone the existing drive!
[3] Answered in 1..
[4] A cloned disk will contain all applications installed.

NOTE: During a repair install process, a C:\Windows.old backup folder gets created which is a FULL copy of the current version.

I hope this helps!
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06 Oct 2018   #4
goopy

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

SIW2 appears to have suggested a simpler alternative to do windows updates and backups using DISM++. Here are the questions rephrased:

1. Where can one find activation backup on DISM++ Toolkit page?
2. Does the backup.wim created by System Backup contain activation key?
3. Is the backup.wim a complete backup of system drive inclusive of all installed programmes? Or only the windows components?
4. If the bcakup.wim is renamed install.wim and used in place of the existing on in the source folder, will the installation media create a replica of the backed-up OS on a new drive?


Many thank and best regards,


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07 Oct 2018   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

There seems to be a glitch in the plugin for 10.1.1000.80

You can fix it by creating a Folder named ActiveBackup

Novice question on DISM++-dism-activebackup1.jpg

Then you should get:


Novice question on DISM++-dism-activebackup.jpg


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07 Oct 2018   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
Is the backup.wim a complete backup of system drive inclusive of all installed programmes?
Yes, it was the last time I looked.You can add exclusions if you like. Options>more settings>exclusion list settings

Quote:
If the bcakup.wim is renamed install.wim and used in place of the existing on in the source folder, will the installation media create a replica of the backed-up OS on a new drive?
I haven't tested that. Dism++ can restore it. Recovery>System Restore>browse to Backup.wim
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08 Oct 2018   #7
goopy

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
There seems to be a glitch in the plugin for 10.1.1000.80
You can fix it by creating a Folder named ActiveBackup
Attachment 405542
Then you should get:
Attachment 405543
SIW2 to the rescue again. Most brilliant.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
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I haven't tested that. Dism++ can restore it. Recovery>System Restore>browse to Backup.wim
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True, but that assumes being able to boot up the OS. There would be times when this is not possible, and I'd imagine a simple procedure to re-create up-to-date OS from installation media would be most welcome.

Anyway, first attempt to do so met with spectacular failure. Installation process stopped at 100% mark of copying windows files, and terminated with 0x80070070 error message. Any ideas what to try next?

Many thanks and best regards,


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08 Oct 2018   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
True, but that assumes being able to boot up the OS.
There is an option to run dism++ in winre. Or you can boot any winpe and browse down to dism++ on any drive and run it.

Or you can very easily just pop it into any bootable wim. One simple way is to add this to winre.wim ( image 1) or boot.wim (image 2 ), using 7-zip or wimlib.

ADD-DISM++-TO-WINPE.zip

Then dism++ will appear as an extra option at the bottom of the system recovery options dialog.


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08 Oct 2018   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
Any ideas what to try next?
I haven't tested the create backup.wim and restore feature.

I would assume it is a complete wim backup, exactly as the system stands. It is logical that it is intended to be restored to the same partition on the same machine.

If that assumption is correct, then a couple of adjustments would be needed for successful restore to different partition\machine.

If you want to restore it elsewhere, one answer is probably to run sysprep before creating the backup.wim
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08 Oct 2018   #10
goopy

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Oh dear! Success(?) on the second attempt with the help of sonic swiss army knife and a larger disk.
Is there a log to check if backup.wim was installed properly?
Many thanks and best regards,
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