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Windows 8.1 pro image file install on new machine.

  1. #1


    Mission, TX
    Posts : 96
    windows 8 Pro

    Windows 8.1 pro image file install on new machine.


    My laptop suffered severe damage.
    I want to replace it with a similar machine. upgrade the processor.
    I had a 1 terabyte hard drive. Have a good recent image file with daily updates of files and folders to the time of the mishap.
    I know anything new will have windows 8.1. would I be able to do a recovery using the current image file? I have many programs and have most of the pkgs. but some no longer exist.
    would this work or will I have problems with the BIOS since the prod. key is in there.
    could someone share thoughts on this please.
    Larry

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    If you made a windows system image while in 8.0, you may have difficulty restoring that from 8.1.

    Couple of ways round that would be to mount the .vhd in 8.1 disk mgmt, then use macrium free or similar to make an image of the mounted vhd. That should restore fine. Another rather longer way might be to install 8.0 on the new machine, then restore windows system image.
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  3. #3


    Quote Originally Posted by lfchisholm View Post
    My laptop suffered severe damage.
    I want to replace it with a similar machine. upgrade the processor.
    I had a 1 terabyte hard drive. Have a good recent image file with daily updates of files and folders to the time of the mishap.
    I know anything new will have windows 8.1. would I be able to do a recovery using the current image file? I have many programs and have most of the pkgs. but some no longer exist.
    would this work or will I have problems with the BIOS since the prod. key is in there.
    could someone share thoughts on this please.
    Larry
    If you have a Macrium Reflect Disk Image? I think you could go into the BIOS and disable secure boot and enable CSM, then Restore your disk image to dissimilar hardware. Most likely your new system will be UEFI? If your old laptop was MBR there could be issues there. If you could get it to restore and boot? Then re activate with your new Product KEY. As far as I know Macrium Reflect is the only back up program that will work flawlessly with a UEFI System none of he others so far have figured out how to handle the boot manager.
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  4. #4


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    From the Macrium Help files:

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  5. #5


    Mission, TX
    Posts : 96
    windows 8 Pro


    It was a fairly new machine. It was also udfe? and I see in another post to my question that I may have lucked out. I use Macrium Reflect to create images and also had purchased the standard edition so that I could back up files and folders on a daily basis.
    thank you for your response. should know later this week if I succeed on the restore.
    Larry

    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    If you made a windows system image while in 8.0, you may have difficulty restoring that from 8.1.

    Couple of ways round that would be to mount the .vhd in 8.1 disk mgmt, then use macrium free or similar to make an image of the mounted vhd. That should restore fine. Another rather longer way might be to install 8.0 on the new machine, then restore windows system image.
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  6. #6


    Mission, TX
    Posts : 96
    windows 8 Pro


    Thank you! yes I use Macrium Reflect 5.0 and also had purchased the standard edition so that I can use the files and folders option. so hopefully it will work. I did have uefi and the new one will also plus I am staying with the same size drive.
    thank you for a response that I was hoping for.
    Larry


    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lfchisholm View Post
    My laptop suffered severe damage.
    I want to replace it with a similar machine. upgrade the processor.
    I had a 1 terabyte hard drive. Have a good recent image file with daily updates of files and folders to the time of the mishap.
    I know anything new will have windows 8.1. would I be able to do a recovery using the current image file? I have many programs and have most of the pkgs. but some no longer exist.
    would this work or will I have problems with the BIOS since the prod. key is in there.
    could someone share thoughts on this please.
    Larry
    If you have a Macrium Reflect Disk Image? I think you could go into the BIOS and disable secure boot and enable CSM, then Restore your disk image to dissimilar hardware. Most likely your new system will be UEFI? If your old laptop was MBR there could be issues there. If you could get it to restore and boot? Then re activate with your new Product KEY. As far as I know Macrium Reflect is the only back up program that will work flawlessly with a UEFI System none of he others so far have figured out how to handle the boot manager.
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  7. #7


    Quote Originally Posted by lfchisholm View Post
    Thank you! yes I use Macrium Reflect 5.0 and also had purchased the standard edition so that I can use the files and folders option. so hopefully it will work. I did have uefi and the new one will also plus I am staying with the same size drive.
    thank you for a response that I was hoping for.
    Larry


    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lfchisholm View Post
    My laptop suffered severe damage.
    I want to replace it with a similar machine. upgrade the processor.
    I had a 1 terabyte hard drive. Have a good recent image file with daily updates of files and folders to the time of the mishap.
    I know anything new will have windows 8.1. would I be able to do a recovery using the current image file? I have many programs and have most of the pkgs. but some no longer exist.
    would this work or will I have problems with the BIOS since the prod. key is in there.
    could someone share thoughts on this please.
    Larry
    If you have a Macrium Reflect Disk Image? I think you could go into the BIOS and disable secure boot and enable CSM, then Restore your disk image to dissimilar hardware. Most likely your new system will be UEFI? If your old laptop was MBR there could be issues there. If you could get it to restore and boot? Then re activate with your new Product KEY. As far as I know Macrium Reflect is the only back up program that will work flawlessly with a UEFI System none of he others so far have figured out how to handle the boot manager.
    Since you have the standard version, are you able to create a UEFI USB Restore media? Another thread had questions about this since I have the pro version. I know I can. I don't know what the standard version does?
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  8. #8


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    You can do it yourself easily enough. If you just want something like the thing macrium makes, that is simple winpe.

    I might have a look at knocking something up to do it automatically.
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  9. #9


    Mission, TX
    Posts : 96
    windows 8 Pro


    I created the dvd Windows version of the Rescue media. I did not try the usb.
    Larry

    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lfchisholm View Post
    Thank you! yes I use Macrium Reflect 5.0 and also had purchased the standard edition so that I can use the files and folders option. so hopefully it will work. I did have uefi and the new one will also plus I am staying with the same size drive.
    thank you for a response that I was hoping for.
    Larry


    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post

    If you have a Macrium Reflect Disk Image? I think you could go into the BIOS and disable secure boot and enable CSM, then Restore your disk image to dissimilar hardware. Most likely your new system will be UEFI? If your old laptop was MBR there could be issues there. If you could get it to restore and boot? Then re activate with your new Product KEY. As far as I know Macrium Reflect is the only back up program that will work flawlessly with a UEFI System none of he others so far have figured out how to handle the boot manager.
    Since you have the standard version, are you able to create a UEFI USB Restore media? Another thread had questions about this since I have the pro version. I know I can. I don't know what the standard version does?
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  10. #10


    Mission, TX
    Posts : 96
    windows 8 Pro


    Clintlgm if I could ask you "what is dissimilar hardware? Right now I have a AIO from HP and I am going to get same thing but different MFG. perhaps ASUS or Lenovo or Toshiba.
    I would make sure of the UEFI and 1 t hard drive.
    Thank You
    Larry



    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lfchisholm View Post
    My laptop suffered severe damage.
    I want to replace it with a similar machine. upgrade the processor.
    I had a 1 terabyte hard drive. Have a good recent image file with daily updates of files and folders to the time of the mishap.
    I know anything new will have windows 8.1. would I be able to do a recovery using the current image file? I have many programs and have most of the pkgs. but some no longer exist.
    would this work or will I have problems with the BIOS since the prod. key is in there.
    could someone share thoughts on this please.
    Larry
    If you have a Macrium Reflect Disk Image? I think you could go into the BIOS and disable secure boot and enable CSM, then Restore your disk image to dissimilar hardware. Most likely your new system will be UEFI? If your old laptop was MBR there could be issues there. If you could get it to restore and boot? Then re activate with your new Product KEY. As far as I know Macrium Reflect is the only back up program that will work flawlessly with a UEFI System none of he others so far have figured out how to handle the boot manager.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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