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Windows 7: Imaging with free Macrium

21 Jan 2014   #810
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I don't really remember when they changed the WinPE. But a very old version may not work when the image is done with a very recent version. It is always prudent to keep the imaging program and the WinPE halfway in sync. But if you have several computers, you can always make a new WinPE when in need.

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22 Jan 2014   #811

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

PE 4 came in with Windows 8.
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22 Jan 2014   #812

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

As they are just downloading standard winpe.wim from MS , it is not clear to me why they aren't using pe5.

I made something to create bootable winpe media for you. It uses whatever version of winre you have. That means it includes windows recovery options. It also includes several other functions. Much better than any of the pe media created by the imaging programs themselves.

Aomei are smart enough to use the same technique, although that does include Aomei itself and windows recovery options, it doesn't have the extra functions I added into mine.. ( It also saves a hefty d/l )
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22 Jan 2014   #813

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)

Would your WinPE be available for public download, SIW2? :3
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22 Jan 2014   #814

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

Yes, it is here:

It isn't pe in itself. It is a batch file that makes winpe media from what you already have on your HD.

The concept is is simple. You already winre.wim in your Hidden Recovery folder. That is very useful because it already several packages installed - one of them being the windows recovery options.

It finds winre.wim , copies it and mounts it. Then it adds menu, several useful free programs , like explorer, pwedit, bootice, ntrepair. Then it pops in macrium ( or any of the other popular programs ). It will also create a bootable iso and burn it, if you like. If you are running 64 bit windows (or 32 bit 8x ) that will support both efi and bios booting.

You get something far more useful than the winpe created by any of the imaging programs on their own.
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22 Jan 2014   #815

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

Very easy to use.Works on 64 bit 7/8/8.1

Extract onto your drive like this:

Imaging with free Macrium-re64-1.jpg

Rt click and run as admin on the .cmd file:

Imaging with free Macrium-re64-2.jpg

1. It will ask if you want to d/l Recuva and MSTools. It is not essential, but it does add some extra functions, so I recommend you enter Y.

It will d/l them for you - only about 8mb.

2. It finds winre.wim, copies it. Mounts it. Takes control of the mounted winre.wim.

3. It then looks for the popular programs like Aomei, macrium, paragon, and pops them in.

4. It adds a menu and few free tools as well.

5. It unmounts the wim and offers to create a bootable .iso.

6. If you want to put on flash , just copy the contents of the "ISO" folder onto a formatted flash drive.

It should only take about 2 mins.

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22 Jan 2014   #816

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Macrium users will end up with this:

Imaging with free Macrium-swminst-4.png

Aomei users end up with this:

Imaging with free Macrium-swminst-3.png

Paragon users end up with this:

Imaging with free Macrium-swminst-5.png

Note: Paragon only supplies 64 bit files with their paid versions so far. Both Macrium and Aomei supply 64 bit files with their free versions.

Aomei also supplies 64 bit files with all their partition programs - including the free version, so if you have Aomei partition assistant, that will go in as well. They are doing a pro giveaway atm.

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22 Jan 2014   #817

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

Because it includes windows recovery options, click the menu button RECOPTx64 and you will get to the regular windows rec options:

Imaging with free Macrium-reinstallfromre.jpg

If you prefer keyboard, you can switch between windows recovery options and menu

ctrl+alt+r for rec options

ctrl+alt+e for menu.

( Forgot to mention, it will also automatically have your timezone and keyboard.)

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24 Jan 2014   #818

Alas - No Joy!

Hello, SIW2:

WOW - What a job you've done!

Unfortunately, I guess I've entered the picture a few minutes late (typical for me) so after following your instructions to download the .zip file, I diverged in that I don't put things on my C: drive (it's an SSD and I understand that the fewer writes the better) so naturally it didn't work!

I have all of the programs you mentioned (AOMEI, EaseUs, Macrium Free, Paragon, and a few others) and I would live to integrate them into one backup program. I have already downloaded the AIK and ADK and built recovery ISOs from AOMEI and Macrium Free. However, I would bet that your programs assumes they are installed to their default locations while mine are installed to another drive.

So, when I tried to execute your .cmd file it failed miserably! I've attached the .cmd file that showed the many, many errors.

I hope you can help 'cause I really don't want to try to wade through your .cmd file!

Thanks in advance,


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Imaging with free Macrium-re64v2-cmd-window.jpg  
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24 Jan 2014   #819
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Go ahead and install program to the SSD, they aren't nearly as fragile as many say. I have tow systems with them with many programs on both SSDs. Besides you lose much of the benefits of a fast drive with installs on the spinner drive. :)
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