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System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8

  1. #30


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Thank you for replying so quickly. I was able to try that and I still get the same exact error.

    To restore this computer, Windows needs to format the drive that the windows recovery environment is currently running on.....

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  2. #31


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    What method did you use to boot from the USB recovery drive?

    Did you boot to your boot menu, and select to boot from the USB?
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  3. #32


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    I tried going to change pc settings, general, scroll all the way to bottom and select restart or something. Then I chose boot from device and I chose the USB.

    I also restarted my computer and hit F12 to get the boot options and selected the USB

    I also restarted my computer and hit F12 to get the boot options and selected HDD Recovery

    I think I've tried everything. I posted my question on the toshiba site and haven't received an answer yet.

    I was able to boot from the recovery partition and restore the laptop to factory settings, and am now in the process of installing programs. I was able to save my data files separate from the system image, so didn't lose anything.

    But, I'm just STUMPED. I can't figure out what is wrong. I'd like to know that if I go through the trouble of creating a system image, I will be able to restore from it at some point, so I'd like to solve this problem
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  4. #33


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    You might consider using the free Macrium Reflect to create images with instead. It's a bit more reliable.

    Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums

    MACRIUM REFLECT - Create Bootable Rescue USB Drive - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  5. #34


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Hi!
    Thanks so much for this great tutorial Brink.
    However, I stumble upon a problem which prevents me from recovery. Hope you can help. Am am on Windows 8.1.
    In step 6 I am presented With the recovery image on an attached USB drive. When I press Next I see the following dialogue (translated from Norwegian, so I am not sure I am using the correct English equivalents):

    ¨Choose recovery options.
    The drive on which the Windows Recovery Environment runs needs to be formattted to recover the PC. If you want to continue recovery, shut Down the PC and start from a Windows installation disk or System repair disk, to retry the recovery.
    If you don't have a system repair disk, you can create one now¨.

    I don't have a Windows installation disk. Asus has put a recovery partition on the drive. Also I do not have a CD drive.

    Can you advise please?
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  6. #35


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player

    What is the simplest method?


    Hello,

    This is my first post on this forum so apologies if it is in the wrong place. The more I read about backing up and restoring my system, the more confused I get about the different options. What I am looking for is a straightforward, minimally technical answer to what (I think) are fairly simple questions . I've seen some very helpful replies on these tutorial threads so am hoping someone can also help me.

    I have 2 Dell Inspiron 15 laptops, both purchased at the same time (autumn 2013) pre-installed with Win8. After purchase, recovery (reinstallation?) USBs were created for both using Dell's Backup and Recovery program.

    Both laptops have now been upgraded to Win8.1 via the Store.

    Windows backup functionality is used regularly to make System Images of both laptops onto an external hard drive. In addition, files are also copied regularly, either via Filehistory or manually. I have mounted the System Images and viewed the contents (I'm not totally untechnical, but nor am I overconfident).

    My questions are:

    Is the System Image the only thing I need (and the best way) to restore a laptop to a recent (i.e. Win8.1) state in the event of an OS or hardware failure?

    If this is sufficient I can't understand why I would need to create the various recovery media and factory back-ups through Dell and/or through Windows (I've been advised to do both). Can anyone explain what the different things do and which (if any) I actually need?

    I'm also unsure whether I need to create a bootable USB and if so, whether I should create this using the Dell functionality, the Windows functionality or both .

    All I am trying to do is have the necessary tools in place to restore the laptops in the event of a problem. But if I do everything I have read I suspect I will have a pile of tools that I don't really know how to use, and that may not work anyway.

    If there is already a tutorial which covers these basic questions, I'm more than happy to be redirected to it, but I couldn't find anything that covered it all.

    Thank you
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  7. #36


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Maggy,

    Factory restore media is used to restore Windows back to the out of box experience like it was when you first got the computer. It would be a good idea to create this to have handy. This way if a system image should fail, you will have this as an option.

    A system image is one good method that is included in Windows that you could use to restore Windows back to how it was when the image was created. You should create a recovery drive to use if you are unable to boot to Windows. This way you could use the recovery drive to do a system image recovery with.
    If you like, you could also create a custom recovery image to have as another method to use to refresh Windows with as needed.
    Of course, there are many free 3rd party backup and system image options like below out there you could use as well.



    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  8. #37


    VA USA
    Posts : 349
    W8.1up1 Pro x64 w/media center


    Quote Originally Posted by SaggyMaggyPoo View Post
    Hello,

    This is my first post on this forum so apologies if it is in the wrong place. The more I read about backing up and restoring my system, the more confused I get about the different options. What I am looking for is a straightforward, minimally technical answer to what (I think) are fairly simple questions . I've seen some very helpful replies on these tutorial threads so am hoping someone can also help me.

    I have 2 Dell Inspiron 15 laptops, both purchased at the same time (autumn 2013) pre-installed with Win8. After purchase, recovery (reinstallation?) USBs were created for both using Dell's Backup and Recovery program.

    Both laptops have now been upgraded to Win8.1 via the Store.

    Windows backup functionality is used regularly to make System Images of both laptops onto an external hard drive. In addition, files are also copied regularly, either via Filehistory or manually. I have mounted the System Images and viewed the contents (I'm not totally untechnical, but nor am I overconfident).

    My questions are:

    Is the System Image the only thing I need (and the best way) to restore a laptop to a recent (i.e. Win8.1) state in the event of an OS or hardware failure?

    If this is sufficient I can't understand why I would need to create the various recovery media and factory back-ups through Dell and/or through Windows (I've been advised to do both). Can anyone explain what the different things do and which (if any) I actually need?

    I'm also unsure whether I need to create a bootable USB and if so, whether I should create this using the Dell functionality, the Windows functionality or both .

    All I am trying to do is have the necessary tools in place to restore the laptops in the event of a problem. But if I do everything I have read I suspect I will have a pile of tools that I don't really know how to use, and that may not work anyway.

    If there is already a tutorial which covers these basic questions, I'm more than happy to be redirected to it, but I couldn't find anything that covered it all.

    Thank you
    OK well to start with your a bit better off than most, so don't belittle yourself, at least you have a handle on "backups" most don't even know that.

    The deal is those orig system restore disks you made are not going to be of much use if you want your system restored "as is" now, the Image backups you make from now on with what ever Image program you use is what will restore your system back to the state its in at the time you make the image.

    I use 3 different ones, Acronis 2010 (yes it runs on 8.1up1) AOMEI backerupper 2.0, and EASEUS ToDO backup 6.5, I also use the built in image backup in 8.1, I know it seems like over kill, but I have had my share of problems and will never be without a full image backup again.

    I had W7 OEM from HP on my laptop when it was bought, since upgrading to W8 I found that the system restore on the computer was useless, as there was no W7 installed at that point, I still have the original set of system restore disks for W7 and if I ever wanted to go back to that those disks would still work however. Since I bought W8 I created an ISPO with the downloaded files and made a system "install" disk of that now, W8.1 was a bit different but still got the ISO made, and than W8.1up1 was harder yet, as there was no downloadable ISO, I had to search a torrent sight for one to get W8.1up1 to even install on my system, the regular update wouldn't work from MS, so of course i made me a installable disk of that now, which does work, however to install W8.1up now from scratch I have to use a public install key and than activate my pro copy with my retail W8 key.

    Anyway....... bottom line is as long as you use a good image program on each machine and keep them up, than if anything goes wrong, you can recover the system AS IS from the time the image was made. Don't use your Dell restore disks, other wise you end up with a system as it was when you got it new.

    As for boot disk's, yes, you will need to make a recovery boot disk to run if the system won't boot at all so it runs the recovery program to recover the image you made with what ever program you use, like I made one for each of the programs I use, they can be done from within the image programs.

    One other problem is if you use the built in image program in w8.1, you'll need a WinPE boot disk, or the W8.xx install disks to recover your image made from the built in program (if you can't boot at all) EASEUS home 6.5 has that option built , you can find it on giveaway sites for free if you look.

    Again the "factory" restore disks you made are only going to restore your laptop to their original W8 as you got them, so you don't want to use them for that, I'd hold them only if you ever decide to sell/give them to someone and want them to be clean The image's you made after you upgrade is what you will want to be recovering with. And as I said there are several good free image programs that work well for that.

    I hope I made some sense I'm not good at tech support via phone/email lolol. I'm better hands on
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  9. #38


    VA USA
    Posts : 349
    W8.1up1 Pro x64 w/media center


    LOL your fast Brink sorry if I covered the same thing, it took me a bit to type it up
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  10. #39


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    No problem.
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