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How To Create a Windows 8.1 (Preview) System Image

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    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview

    How To Create a Windows 8.1 (Preview) System Image


    I thought 8.1 was supposed to make things easier? Not so for creating a System Image. Now, you have to use the Windows PowerShell (Admin) to get the job done. The image below will show the command string to use (boxed in red) and my target drive is/was Z:

    Attachment 23893

    Zoom image to enlarge please.

    You can use your installation media to access the Repair function and restore your System Image from there.

    Have fun!

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    Thanks !

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  3. #3


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    Win7-8 Dual Boot on a Commodore 64

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo :(


    From Wikipedia:
    Backup and Restore was deprecated in the most recent versions of Windows, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012: It was still included, but will not be enhanced further. Microsoft says this program is underused and is touting File History as the feature to replace file-based backup.

    Ripped out in 8.1 and never to be seen again....IMAGE ine that!

    Click image for larger version

    Soooooo, kudos to you JustATest for the tutorial on CREATING a system image with a MS native "app".
    But pray tell, do tell, how one can RESTORE that image using PowerShell. Pretty please!
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    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    You can't use PowerShell to do the System Image Restore because you have to be inside Windows to use PowerShell; yes? However, once it is created, you can simply use your installation disc to access the "repair" mode to complete the restoral process. Now, I'm a bit hesitant to say that you can also use a previously created "system repair" disc because I have found that they do not work when Windows 8 has been installed under a UEFI configuration. The response I always get is something like "system disc not recognized." However, the system repair disc may still work if you have a legacy bios installation. However, to be sure, I always use the Win 8 installation disc (as previously described). Note from the image below that the backup, created by the PowerSell process, looks exactly like the one created via the old method:

    Attachment 23914

    Cheers!

    Hmm... There is a wbadmin start recovery command available that could possibly be used if one wanted to start the recovery process from within windows but I've never used it; however, I will try it since you are asking. I'll be back...
    Last edited by JustATest; 01 Jul 2013 at 05:11.
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    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    OK, it looks like one could start a system recovery/image restoral from within the PowerShell (Admin); however, IMHO, this method would be more trouble than its worth. First, one would have to identify the target volumes for recovery as follows:

    Attachment 23923

    Next, one would have to use the above information to construct a recovery command for each individual volume. See examples and variables below:

    Attachment 23924

    Now, since a standard BIOS installation has two volumes (created during the backup process), one would have to construct two restoral messages and run them individually. And if you have a UEFI based installation, there would be additional restoral message required. With that said, I am not going to demo this process because it is more trouble than its worth; however, I can see where it could be useful for someone doing remote administration.
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    It's a long way

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    xp , 7Pro, 8RP, Android phone, Tablet

    System image I gave up


    I gave up with this retrograde step making life more difficult.
    I just cloned the widows 8.1 installation using aomei partition manager (free)
    took 15 mins.
    Should the installation be screwed up or disc fail just swap the drives over boot then make a new clone.

    besb
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    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    Quote Originally Posted by besb View Post
    I gave up with this retrograde step making life more difficult.
    I just cloned the widows 8.1 installation using aomei partition manager (free)
    took 15 mins.
    Should the installation be screwed up or disc fail just swap the drives over boot then make a new clone.

    besb
    I like it!
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    Win7-8 Dual Boot on a Commodore 64

    IMAGE ination rox!


    When I properly configured my Dell Inspiron Touch laptop with Win8 Pro, I immediately made a UEFI Recovery/Boot DVD.

    Not sure why, but it takes a FULL five minutes to load, but it DOES work and one can navigate to the Windows Image Restore
    application. After the ISO upgrade I inserted that 'old' DVD and it booted fine. However I chose NOT to overwrite the drive with
    my Windows 8 Pro image at this point in time. What I shall do is create a new Windows Blue image to an external drive using your tutorial
    and then, with both externals available, plug in one to restore the Windows Blue image and see if that goes well. Once that is complete I shall then boot from the old DVD and restore the Windows 8 Pro image to assure that I can flip back and forth as I so desire.

    Thanks for the quick reply.
    Windunce

    ps...There are still those two chances that Windows 7 File Recovery will be included in the Blue RTM.
    Slim and none [wink]
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    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    Quote Originally Posted by Windunce View Post
    When I properly configured my Dell Inspiron Touch laptop with Win8 Pro, I immediately made a UEFI Recovery/Boot DVD.

    Not sure why, but it takes a FULL five minutes to load, but it DOES work and one can navigate to the Windows Image Restore
    application. After the ISO upgrade I inserted that 'old' DVD and it booted fine. However I chose NOT to overwrite the drive with
    my Windows 8 Pro image at this point in time. What I shall do is create a new Windows Blue image to an external drive using your tutorial
    and then, with both externals available, plug in one to restore the Windows Blue image and see if that goes well. Once that is complete I shall then boot from the old DVD and restore the Windows 8 Pro image to assure that I can flip back and forth as I so desire.

    Thanks for the quick reply.
    Windunce

    ps...There are still those two chances that Windows 7 File Recovery will be included in the Blue RTM.
    Slim and none [wink]
    Hi,

    That's a great idea! Please let us know how you make out.
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