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[Urgent] Unable to restore from System Image

  1. #1


    Kirkham UK
    Posts : 125
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit

    [Urgent] Unable to restore from System Image


    Hello, I need to restore my computer from a system image but when I try I always get this message
    "To restore this computer, Windows needs to format the drive that the Windows Recovery Environment is currently running on. To continue with the restore, shut down this computer and boot it from a Windows installation disc or a system repair disc and then try the restore again."

    Solutions have told me to make a System Repair Disk. But the issue is, I have no way of creating a system repair disk. How am I meant to restore everything if I cannot use the disk method?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Microbillgates,

    If you like, you can also create a bootable Windows installation USB to boot from and do a system image recovery with.

    You can use OPTION ONE in the tutorial below to download a Windows 8.1 ISO file.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    Afterwards, you can use the tutorial below to create a USB with the ISO file.

    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
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  3. #3


    Kirkham UK
    Posts : 125
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit


    I'll try now. Sorry about all the rush and panic it's just that I need the computer to work on a school project. and that's due in on thursday
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    No problem. Please let us know how it went.
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  5. #5


    Kirkham UK
    Posts : 125
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit


    Give me around 15 minutes
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  6. #6


    Kirkham UK
    Posts : 125
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit


    Hey brink, I still get the same message.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Did you boot from the installation USB like below to do the system image recovery from?

    System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8
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  8. #8


    Kirkham UK
    Posts : 125
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit


    Yes I did. However it did not ask me for a user name nor password
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  9. #9


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    In that case, you may need to refresh or reset Windows instead.

    Did you just need to get any files from the created system image?
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  10. #10


    Kirkham UK
    Posts : 125
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    In that case, you may need to refresh or reset Windows instead.

    Did you just need to get any files from the created system image?
    Yes, all my steam and origin games. School files and media. As well as large programs
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