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Latest Win 8.1 ISO "Breaks" System Image Functionality

  1. #51


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    Quote Originally Posted by mikefraser View Post

    Thanks for this write up. I plan to try this soon.
    One question - after I complete all the partitioning in your first step, do I reboot and follow the directions in step 2? I assume I skip section 6 (delete the partitions).
    Thanks,
    Mike
    No need to reboot, but rebooting is always a good idea.

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  2. #52


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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mikefraser View Post

    Thanks for this write up. I plan to try this soon.
    One question - after I complete all the partitioning in your first step, do I reboot and follow the directions in step 2? I assume I skip section 6 (delete the partitions).
    Thanks,
    Mike
    No need to reboot, but rebooting is always a good idea.
    Worked perfectly. I was able to backup and restore my system image.

    I initially attempted Saltgrass's method with Partition Wizard. Everything seemed ok, but System Image generated an invalid parameter message, and I noticed the 100MB EFI partition had like 16 million terabytes used space. So I and/or Partition Wizard messed something up.

    Thanks again for this great solution to a Microsoft blunder!
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  3. #53


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    Quote Originally Posted by mikefraser View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mikefraser View Post

    Thanks for this write up. I plan to try this soon.
    One question - after I complete all the partitioning in your first step, do I reboot and follow the directions in step 2? I assume I skip section 6 (delete the partitions).
    Thanks,
    Mike
    No need to reboot, but rebooting is always a good idea.
    Worked perfectly. I was able to backup and restore my system image.

    I initially attempted Saltgrass's method with Partition Wizard. Everything seemed ok, but System Image generated an invalid parameter message, and I noticed the 100MB EFI partition had like 16 million terabytes used space. So I and/or Partition Wizard messed something up.

    Thanks again for this great solution to a Microsoft blunder!
    You are welcome.
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  4. #54


    St. Augustine
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    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    First post here so please stick with me.
    Looking for recommendation for System Image Back-up and Restore and this thread seems to be the most comprehensive I have seen.
    Here's The Deal:

    New PC (HP 500-075 Desktop 1TB HD direst from HP) received just before Christmas, pre-loaded with 8.0 Upon receipt I immediately created Recovery Disk set with zero problems. Proceeded to install all 8.0 updates I could find then updated to 8.1 via the MS Store. The 8.1 update went fine with no problems and I have not had any issues or errors with 8.1 whatsoever. After the 8.1 update I did create a new Refresh Image to the C drive and also created a Back-up Full System Image via the File History page to an external drive with apparent success at least it seems so as I got successful creation message and no errors.

    After everything I have read on this and other forums I am under the impression that with 8.1 I could not use this System Image to re-image my computer without a lot of manipulation effort if at all. It seems my best and most reliable course of action for easy and reliable System Image creation and restore is through a third party vendor. I always considered this my best course of action but I thought I would see if the built-in features with 8.0/8.1 offered a viable option but considering my ease of use criteria the on-board feature seems not to be an option. On my previous PC (XP SP3) I used Ghost for 8+ years and after many image restore operations it was always easy and foolproof but I don't think Ghost is an option for 8.0/8.1.

    My question is this:

    Considering all the above, If I go with a third party solution like Macrium Reflect or ShadowProtect Desktop will I be able to routinely create back-up images and most importantly, successfully re-image my PC without jumping through a lot of hoops or separate commands? I am not interested in a lot of advanced features, I just want it to work. I do want to be prepared to reimage a new drive if my hard drive were to fail at some point in the future.

    Thanks for taking the time as I know this is long winded but you folks seem to really know this issue.
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  5. #55


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    @ gator2013

    1) Is Windows Imaging working for you?

    2)
    I used Ghost for 8+ years and after many image restore operations it was always easy and foolproof but I don't think Ghost is an option for 8.0/8.1.
    The Norton Ghost replacement is SSR Desktop Edition 2013.
    * Now Released * Symantec System Recovery 2013 | Symantec Connect Community

    SSR Desktop Edition update to 2014, is Out Feb 2014.
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  6. #56


    St. Augustine
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    @ gator2013

    1) Is Windows Imaging working for you?
    Thanks for your reply.

    Can't really say if Windows Imaging is working for me. I think the creation of the System Image was successful but testing it by attempting to re-image the PC is another matter. I wouldn't dare attempt to re-image with this without a plan "B" because if it failed I might be SOL.

    Thanks for the info for the new Symantec product, I will definitely check it out.

    As of this moment it doesn't appear that Symantec System Recovery 2013 is ready for Windows 8.1, at least not until the 2014 release.
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  8. #58


    St. Augustine
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Did you make the Repair disk?
    I initially created the full system recovery dick set right out of the box but I did not create a repair USB before the upgrade to 8.1. After the upgrade to 8.1 I did create a USB Repair Drive but I don't know if this does anything for me. I guess I figured the full set of recovery disks was all I needed to get back to factory setup.

    I have all my important docs and files backed up externally I just want to get this system image create and restore ironed out before too much time passes.
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  9. #59


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    Quote Originally Posted by gator2013 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Did you make the Repair disk?
    I initially created the full system recovery dick set right out of the box but I did not create a repair USB before the upgrade to 8.1. After the upgrade to 8.1 I did create a USB Repair Drive but I don't know if this does anything for me. I guess I figured the full set of recovery disks was all I needed to get back to factory setup.

    I have all my important docs and files backed up externally I just want to get this system image create and restore ironed out before too much time passes.
    1) The OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive, can use all Repair tools & Reimage the OEM Windows 8 Pre-installed to factory setup.

    2) The MS Windows 8.1 USB Repair Drive, can use all Repair tools & Reimage using MS Windows 8.1 image you have made, but CAN NOT Reimage the OEM Windows 8 Pre-installed to factory setup.
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  10. #60


    St. Augustine
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog;327689

    1) The OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive, can use all Repair tools & Reimage the OEM Windows 8 Pre-installed to factory setup.

    2) The MS Windows 8.1 USB Repair Drive, can use all Repair tools & Reimage using MS Windows 8.1 image you have made, but [B
    CAN NOT [/B]Reimage the OEM Windows 8 Pre-installed to factory setup.
    Understand. Thanks for your reply.

    I have not had any issues after the with 8.1 upgrade via the store, at least none that I can see and certainly not like some of the issues others have reported but I think I would have preferred a clean install of 8.1. I might not have noticed the issues generated with the loss of some recovery tools with 8.1 had I not visited some of the forums at least not right now anyway but at least I understand the situation, at least I think I do and I have seen the additional partition the HD created by the 8.1 upgrade. In the past I have always used a 3rd party program to handle full system image back-up and restore and I plan on doing so again. I just hope some of these issues don't haunt me a couple of years down the road.
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