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System crashed, how to restore Windows7 system image into new desktop

Q: System crashed, how to restore Windows7 system image into new desktop

hi all,

my win 7 pc crapped out. its not the disk. i have an image made on acronis. i bought a new win 10 pc. whats the easiest way to get that win 7 image with all my applications onto the new win 10 desktop? i want to get rid of windows 10. i would like my image working on new pc (new hardware) as i will not have to reinstall and configure everything again.

i tried swapping the old pc disk into the new pc, but the new pc would not boot: says invalid disk. could it have something to do with the MBR or that UEFI thing?

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Preferred Solution: System crashed, how to restore Windows7 system image into new desktop

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: System crashed, how to restore Windows7 system image into new desktop

you're going to be in a world of pain if you want to do this but have no access to the old computer. In this situation, a SYSPREP with the generalize function is run in Windows 7 to prepare it for migration to new hardware.

You can try cold turkey like you did, you may have to switch to AHCI drivers from IDE or IDE to AHCI depending on what you had before to get it to boot. The boot sector may be a problem too. If you used standard MBR in the past then check your BIOS on the new PC to see what adjustment you can make.

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Hello everyone

I have this big problem with my HP Pavilion a730n Desktop. After doing the System Restore setting the restore point on February 14, the monitor turned off and the computer just freezes. I unplugged the PC a couple of times and plugged again but it just stays the same, it freezes!!!

Hope you can help me! Don't know what to do!!!

Thanks in advance

EDLL
 

A:HP Pavilion Desktop a730n with Windows XP crashed after System Restore

How long did you leave the computer unplugged? If you just unplugged and plugged in right away your not giving the hardware time to reset. Unplug the computer and leave it sit for a bought 10 minutes. That should be enough time for the system to reset. I suspect it may be a hardware lock. Not ruling out software as yet.
 

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Can someone provide some detail about the differences in
content between Win7 system repair disc, system restore point and system image?
And perhaps I should add Dell ISO recovery image to the list.  I don't know (yet) if that is different from the Win7 system image option, or if the latter invokes the Dell ISO recovery image program instead.  If it matters, I have a Dell Precision
5510 laptop.
At the very least, is each option a superset of the other, perhaps in the order that I specify above?
Ideally, what are the folder names that each contains, if indeed their content can be described by complete folders?
I am trying to determine which of those options I need to create in order to have
complete recovery capability.
I have read the following support.microsoft.com articles:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17423/windows-7-create-system-repair-disc
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17101/windows-7-system-recovery-options
Those descriptions are indequate for my purposes, in part because of differences in terminology.
For example, the System Recovery Disc option "can help you repair Windows", whereas the System Restore (Point) option "restores your computer's
system files".
In that context, are "Windows" and "system files" synonyms content-wise; or is one a superset of the other; or do they have some non-overlapping content?
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I was recently helped by Jack & Jill in another forum.

www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic410391.html/page__p__2341595__fromsearch__1#entry2341595

I received clearance from the Malware forum to create this post.

After my topic was closed, I installed the updated Windows Vista Service Pack (the one I had was outdated). Upon completion of update my system crashed. I cannot even run System Restore (it never reaches completion).
When I try to start my computer I get the following message:
!!0xc0000034!! 185/49206 (program_files_windows_nt_tabletextservice_...)

Unfortunately I do not have any recovery CDs. Any help is greatly appreciated,
Maureen

A:System Crashed - Unable to utilize System Restore

Can you start up in safe mode?

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I recently had to return my HP Pavilion g7 Windows 8 64- bit only laptop to the manufacturer for repair under warranty. Prior to this I created a system image as the Hard Disc was going to be replaced. Having now received the repaired laptop
I have been trying to restore the saved image. I watched the microsoft video on the subject and followed the instructions implicitly. However having arrived at the point where I clicked NEXT to accept the <Use latest image> option screen and then landed on the screen entitled <RE IMAGE YOUR COMPUTER....... CHOOSE ADDITIONAL RESTORE OPTIONS> the message I then received was:

<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 boost it from a Windows installation disc or a system repair disc and then try the restore again. If you don't have a system repair disc you can create one now.>

Well I did have one which I had prepared at the same time as I created the image system but the laptop wouldn't boot from it.................. so I went through the entire procedure again and then pressed the CREATE DISC tab. The next instruction was:

<Select a CD/DVD drive and insert a blank disc into the Drive> Ok, I did that ! Then I pressed the CREATE DISC tab.............only to get the message <System repair disc could not be created. The system cannot find file specified ( 0x80070002)>... Read more

A:System image restore & system repair disc problems

Hi, I just did a system image restore the other day, and I didn't have to use a recovery disc or go through any of those steps you mentioned.
After it scans your system for other images I presume it see's the one you made on the other external hdd. If so make sure to tick select a system image when you get to the "use the latest image available (recommended)" screen prompt. From there it should be pretty straight forward to recovery. If you see reformat/repartition drives is greyed out on the next screen prompt just ignore it and just click next.

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Using preinstalled Win 7 Home Premium 64bit on an HP 6813w Pavilion. The original hard drive, a Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 1Tb crashed.

1) System Recovery discs was made along with a System Recovery with System Image disc.
2) A more current System Image was made on an external hard drive.

The Hitachi was replaced with the same model. Checked bios to make sure it was installed correctly.

Under System Recovery, Image Restore, Select a System Image Backup there is nothing in the table to choose from as far as a source (disc drive or external drive).

A) System Recovery (3 discs) has the HP preinstall file folder on the 3rd disc but is not read by the System Recovery program.

B) Under System Restore, Image Restore, Advanced, it asks for a network or driver to be installed. That opens up the directory of C: which is the external hard drive. Under WindowsImageBackup the computer name is identified followed by three entries:

File: BackUp 2012-09-30 180450 containging three (3) entries of
4f370bc3-d042-11e1-b73a-806e6f6e6963.vhd

File: Catalog contains BackUp Global Catalog, Global Catalog

Doc: MediaID

B) System Image is on the external but is not accessable through the System Restore menu. Verified the external was readable by run command. The external in dos was given the C: drive designation.

It seems to me the Recovery and System Restore discs are not functional. Am not a technical person but I have taken this as far as I know how at this point.

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A:System Image on System Restore Disk Not Reading After Crash

Looking for Recovery Discs? HP Pavilion a6813w Desktop PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)
info at hp for recovery. the recovery partition on the old hdd is not on the new drive.

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My Lenovo T60 crashed and was not able to be repaired. I do not know what caused my laptop to crash, but according to the PC Tech, the hard drive was reformatted. To be honest, I am here in the Philippines and did not bring my recovery disks with me & I am not so sure about the technical ability of the PC Tech.

That being said, he installed Windows XP Professional on my laptop and partitioned my hard drive. I have a 250 GB Western Digital HD. Before my laptop crashed, the drive was NOT partitioned. After the installation, I now have two drives, C, with 40 GB and D, with about 200 GB.

I lost a lot of photos and music, and other important documents. I decided to try to recover some of these files and used Recuva. The good news is that a lot of missing documents can be recovered. While listing the files and looking at them, I noticed that I had several System Restore points that I can recover.

My question is, can I use the most recent System Restore point that I recover and use that to reinstall all the missing software? I had MS Office 2007 Professional, MS Visio 2007, MS Project 2007, and other software that I do not have the installation disks with me.

From what I have read, System Restore will reinstall the system (registry, files, and software only) and not the My Documents folder.

If this can work, where do I put the system restore file? If need be, I can delete the new partition and resize the C partition, restore, and then repartition the hard drive afterwards.
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A:Can I use a recovered System Restore point file to restore missing sw crashed laptop?

Since you already lost everything, try the System restore but first backup everything Recuva found onto a USB key. If your version Windows was not the same what the tech installed, it might not work. Also, he should have first ask you what to do with your files before formatting.
Otherwise you will have to wait till you can re-install everything.
 

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I've recently purchased a 256GB Crucial MX100 to upgrade and troubleshoot an old 90GB OCZ Vertex SSD.
I made a 90GB Partition to create my system image on a 1TB WD Elements HDD.

I succeeded in the system image restore, but when I checked "My Computer" to view the drive it only recognized it as 90GB!

I then went to Computer Management and noticed that the remaining part of the drive was partitioned and wasn't formatted.

I formatted the volume but it won't allow me to extend it and combine it with the C: drive.

The ONLY thing I did differently during the system restore was exclude a secondary WD drive before doing the restore.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I would ideally like to not put so many write cycles on my new SSD trying to merge the partitions.

Hopefully a command in diskpart or something can resolve it. Thanks

A:System Image partitions C: drive after system restore

Fastest resolution ever!

Solution: If I didn't rush into Computer management and format the drive I would have simply been able to extend the volume.

I had to delete the volume and then the option to extend was available.

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I have been combing these forums for three days looking for a solution to my problem, with no luck. I finally decided to sign up and post a thread detailing the issue, so here goes:

ASUS Essentio CG8350
Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Basically, my stepmother wanted to install calibre so she could start pirating ebooks for her Kindle. Here's what I did.

1. Downloaded the .exe setup file, double-clicked, and got an error message that I have since forgotten the error # or quote of what it said, but basically it would not install.

2. I looked up said error number and used a fix from these forums....(Hindsight is 20/20 -- had I known this would be such a huge issue I would have told her to just keep buying her damn books at this point.) Here was the fix:

a. Go into services.msc and double-click Windows Installer.
b. Change Startup Type from "Manual" to "Disabled."
c. Restarted computer.
d. Installed stupid goddamn calibre program, which worked this time.
e. Repeated step "a." and changed Startup Type BACK to "Manual."

3. Then noticed that the internet wasn't working. Had windows scan to try and automatically fix the problem. It said there might be a problem with my Wired Network Adapter.

4. Uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers for this, no dice. Still doesn't work.

SOOOO, long story short, before everyone gets on me for posting in the wrong section of the forum.......I'm resorting to System Restore. Regular System Restore (restori... Read more

A:System Restore will not recognize System Image DVDs

If you can't otherwise resolve this, you can do a clean install from a burned ISO. Get the ISO from mydigitallife.info, burn it to a disc, install, and activate with your existing Product Key.

I'd do that before using the system image DVDs you made anyway. I assume they would only return you to factory state, even if they worked.

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I have an HP Notebook 15-ba020nr that I purchased 8/2016.  Windows 10 OS.  I ran into a problem doing a System Restore and Technical Support walked me through a number of things but in the end I was told I needed to do a System Recovery.  I am doing that now.   I asked Technical support if After doing the System Recovery, if i could restore a System Image Backup that I have on an external HD (USB) that I created in September.  I created the System Image from: Control Panel > System and Security > Backup and Restore (Windows 7) > Create a System Image.  They said "no" I could not do that.  I really would like to be able to do that because I do not want to manually reinstall all my software (I mean the software I purchased later--not the pre-instaled software).  I thought the System Image  backup was just for this purpose. So, I am asking if I can restore a System Image Backup after I do a System Recovery?  If not, an explanation would be nice.  Thank you in advance. Susie

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Hello for the past 4 days i have had an issue where my computer just fails to boot without going through some ritual (after it lets me log on it works 100% fine till i shut it off again). I believe this was caused by some driver update that went wrong but i have done so much since then that i cant pinpoint it anymore.

So i want to do a system restore to the 9th of December. just going to system restore only has the 11th saved. but i did create a system image on a external hard drive on the 10th. would it be possible to load the system image then look for the system restore on that image for the 9th? is this possible? my other alternative is a factory reset at this point.

A:Using System Image to get to earlier System Restore.

How did you make a system image? With win7 built-in software? If so... that doesn't backup stuff like pagefile, hibernation file...... and restore points.

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We have Windows7 and an exterior drive backup. This exterior backup advised us this morning that a partition was full.

We tried to shut the system down - and it asked if we wanted to 'correct' something in the system (it said it was trying to decide). We opted to 'save' the changes and were prompted to reboot the system,

When the computer came back on - there was a white line across the middle of the screen, changed to black and the whole screen 'faded to black'.

Since then, we have tried a variety of things

We did ALT F10 - the system goes to Windows and the Ace restore menu

We did a system restore (NOT FULL)

Then we got

Error Code 1392 The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable

I SOOOOOOOOOO hope someone can give us a little direction to get this thing back up and running

One of the back up files says it was created in Sept 7 - and we cannot get into it. For some reason - the ongoing back up is not showing any more recent date than Sept

We DO NOT want to lose the data that hopefully is still in the computer

Any suggestions would really be appreciated - thank you
 

A:system crashed and won't restore

That sounds like your hard (external) disk is corrupted. Who is the maker on the drive?

Ryan.
 

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I've been blue screening so I tried to do a system restore to an earlier time and I blue screened in the middle of it. Now I have a bunch of old programs I used to have and I can't uninstall any of them. It will say it's in use or there's an error when running the set up. What can I do? Also all program icons in the little task box are invisible except for avast.

A:Tried to do a system restore but crashed and now can't uninstall

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.
 
Louis

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Hi there.

New and a bit panicked. I have an acer aspire E15 laptop. this morning it kept freezing. i attempted a system restore. black lines overtook the screen. Now nothing comes on the screen and the laptop keeps trying to to turn itself on. if i hold down the power button it stops but if i hit it again it just goes back into loop. I'm not sure if this is the right place for this but if anyone can help i would be eternally thankful.
 

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[not sure if this is teh right section of forum for this post, hope so]
hi, my friend with windows 8.1 64bit has done a system restore with 2 external usb2 harddisks attached. all programs have been deleted and one of the external hdd's has 'crashed' - the other is fine. the crashed one has its driveletter turned into a small partition names 'restore' and the most part of the hdd as a no-driveletter raw partition. the second ext hdd was okay and retained readable data and driveletter.

I have already tried restoring the crashed hdd with third party recovery software, but only a collection of flac audio's are readble after restoring tot the (spacey) internal c harddrive. the majority of mkv's avi's and dvd videos on the hdd are unreadble.

My question is, as the original driveletter of the crashed external usb hdd is now one named 'recovery' , can this hdd (where i manually assigned a new driveletter to the data part of this crashed hdd, which is not readble, save by recovery sw)
be more effectively restored somehow by windows recovery system itself?
If so, how do i go about that task?
(Windows 8.1 itself from inetrnal c drive runs okay, although i had to reinstall all the user installed software)
I am an advanced windows 7 user but have not had much expierience with win8(.1) recovery useage.

help would be nice.

regards, RR

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it froze during system restore on 12-20-16  it wont load up past the dell logo 
not sure what is wrong with it..
who do i send it to as its under warranty to get fixed by Dell techs?

A:Dell inspiron 3542 crashed during system restore

Before you contact Dell Technical Support, I like to suggest you power off system, remove AC adapter, and then remove battery. Press "Power On" button for 15 seconds to release status flea power. Replace battery, adapter, and then power on system. Hopefully computer work normally.
Inspiron 15 3542 Owner's Manual

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Hi, I would really appreciate some advice before I go and get professional paid services. This is my business computer and I have important stock control and accountancy programs installed on it, loosing which would cause me big troubles.

Nevertheless, I was stupid enough to play around with it and try to install Magix movie edit pro 11 plus, original genuine program I bought some time ago. I thought it should be ok since it worked perfectly on my old computer. It didn't install correctly. I had to abrupt installation because everything hooked up. I tried to uninstall it, but it wouldn't allow me. Then I used Revo uninstaller pro which claimed to remove incomplete installations. I did install some other programs but I don't think they could have caused a problem.

After few days my computer won't start. It boots up to the windows logo and then freezes on a black screen with a white arrow.
I ran Start up Repair which didn't fix the problem. I also tried to do system recovery and to restore computer to the earlier point of time. For some reason I only got like 3 earlier points. I thought Windows it backing up computer regularly by default.
Start up repair returns these results:
Problem signature: Startup Repair Offline
Problem signature: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem signature: Unknown
Problem signature: 21199998
Problem signature: Auto Failover
Problem signature: No Root Cause

it gave error code 0x0 everywhere

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A:Windows7 won't boot, startup repair, and system restore didn't fix the problem

tap f8 when booting and from the boot options try

last known good configuration

d/load and run the h/drive makers diagnostic utility on the h/drive

http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
 

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Hi,

OS - Windows 10 (64 Bit)
RAM - 8gb
CPU - Intel Core i5 3.3Ghz
Vid Card - Nvidia GeForce GTX 570


Yesterday I had deleted a Word document by mistake, so I used System Restore to try and get it back. System Restore told me NOT to turn off the PC whilst it was running, and next thing I know after it got halfway through my PC blue screened and I had to restart.
Now every time I load up the PC it does the following...


It loads up to the Windows 10 icon > After a few seconds it says 'Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart' with the error code 0xc000021a > It then restarts itself but THIS time it tries to start Windows Automatic Repair instead > It then says 'Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC', and gives me the option to click Restart or Advanced Options. This is where I'm having the most trouble, as the mouse and keyboard don't seem to be working at all on this screen so I can't even click any of the options. It's like the screen has frozen/crashed > The only way off this is to then force a restart using the power button on the PC.


The above just keeps carrying on in a loop every time I turn on the PC now. I still have access to the BIOS where my mouse and keyboard DO work, so perhaps I can fix it from there, but I've no idea what to do. It's EXTREMELY important that I don't lose the data on this PC, and that I can have access back to it as soon as possible, as I work from home and am currently losing money because ... Read more

A:System Restore Crashed, Now I'm In Endless Auto Repair Loop

System Restore would not have recovered your lost Word file. Hopefully you made a Windows Repair Disc and you can do a Startup Repair or use another option now. If not, you can download one from another unit.

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Hi,

OS - Windows 10 (64 Bit)
RAM - 8gb
CPU - Intel Core i5 3.3Ghz
Vid Card - Nvidia GeForce GTX 570


Yesterday I had deleted a Word document by mistake, so I used System Restore to try and get it back. System Restore told me NOT to turn off the PC whilst it was running, and next thing I know after it got halfway through my PC blue screened and I had to restart.
Now every time I load up the PC it does the following...


It loads up to the Windows 10 icon > After a few seconds it says 'Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart' with the error code 0xc000021a > It then restarts itself but THIS time it tries to start Windows Automatic Repair instead > It then says 'Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC', and gives me the option to click Restart or Advanced Options. This is where I'm having the most trouble, as the mouse and keyboard don't seem to be working at all on this screen so I can't even click any of the options. It's like the screen has frozen/crashed > The only way off this is to then force a restart using the power button on the PC.


The above just keeps carrying on in a loop every time I turn on the PC now. I still have access to the BIOS where my mouse and keyboard DO work, so perhaps I can fix it from there, but I've no idea what to do. It's EXTREMELY important that I don't lose the data on this PC, and that I can have access back to it as soon as possible, as I work from home and am currently losing money because ... Read more

A:System Restore Crashed, Now I'm In Endless Auto Repair Loop

System Restore would not have recovered your lost Word file. Hopefully you made a Windows Repair Disc and you can do a Startup Repair or use another option now. If not, you can download one from another unit.

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Hi,
OS - Windows 10 (64 Bit)
RAM - 8gb
CPU - Intel Core i5 3.3Ghz
Vid Card - Nvidia GeForce GTX 570
Yesterday I had deleted a Word document by mistake, so I used System Restore to try and get it back.  System Restore told me NOT to turn off the PC whilst it was running, and next thing I know after it got halfway through my PC blue screened and I had to restart.

Now every time I load up the PC it does the following...
 

It loads up to the Windows 10 icon  >  After a few seconds it says 'Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart' with the error code 0xc000021a  >   It then restarts itself but THIS time it tries to start Windows Automatic Repair instead  >  It then says 'Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC', and gives me the option to click Restart or Advanced Options.  This is where I'm having the most trouble, as the mouse and keyboard don't seem to be working at all on this screen so I can't even click any of the options.  It's like the screen has frozen/crashed  >  The only way off this is to then force a restart using the power button on the PC.
 

The above just keeps carrying on in a loop every time I turn on the PC now.  I still have access to the BIOS where my mouse and keyboard DO work, so perhaps I can fix it from there, but I've no idea what to do.  It's EXTREMELY important that I don't lose the data on this PC, and that I can have access back to it as soon as pos... Read more

A:System Restore Crashed, Now I'm In Endless Auto Repair Loop

Because Windows 10 uses a hybrid shutdown the procedure I am outlining may not be able to mount the drive so you can access your data. If you use a Windows Live account to login to windows the data may be encrypted.
 
On another computer download Fatdog64. This is a linux distro that will boot and hopefully recover you data to an external hard drive. 
 
Here is the iso file.  Fatdog64-702.iso
 
Once downloaded you can burn the iso to a CD or DVD by right clicking the iso file and selecting Burn Disk Image. You may need to access your BIOS/UEFI to make your optical drive the first boot device. Depending on the make and model of the computer you can press a key at boot to open a boot menu where you can select your boot device.
 
At the Fatdog Desktop you will see your hard drive partitions listed as sda1....sda2... sda3 etc depending on the number of partitions on the disk. For a Windows 10 computer your files may be on sda3. Click once on a sda partition. If the partition can mount a File Manage window will open. Clicking once on a folder will open it. If you do not see your files then close the file manager and select another sdaX partition.  If you are able to see your files then post back and I will give instructions on copying files to a USB flash drive or USB external drive. This will at least get your important data back if the partitions can mount. Hopefully they will.

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Yesterday my laptop froze, i could do nothing. I reset the laptop, and upon restart it took long for everything to load, and then froze again, then i tried system restore in safe mode but just got blanc screens, also managed to open system restore on normal login but aslo still blanc screen, then i opened task manager, complete blanc screen everywhere, msconfig the same. As soon as i open browser the pc freezes, it has also given me bkue screen from time to time. Pleeeeese someone help me i'm out if ideas and really dont want to format!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

A:Windows7 freeze, task manager, system restore & msconfig blanc screen

Welcome to the forums pjpitout.
This sounds like a hardware problem. My first guess is RAM or HDD. Do you have access to another PC to download from the internet?
 

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Hi,

I've made a restore point using system restore and saved the image onto my external HDD and later restored it to its factory state using Dell Local Backup.

However, now that I want to restore from the image on my external HDD, I can't find the entry in system restore since I've restored my system using Dell Local Backup and it probably deleted the entry.

Can anyone help me with this please?

Thanks

A:Restore from an image without an entry present in System Restore

Restore Point
System Restore Point - Create
or
System image
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

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I want to restore my system to yesterday but the only restore point shown is 6-month old system image restore point. Are there any hidden restore points? And, how can I access them?

A:System Restore only shows an Image Restore Point

Generally system restore will show all the available restore points.
This kind of thing can usually be explained away by the use of a system optimizing or cleaner type program wiping system restore points as they are created. Generally you should have one for every windows update you've applied at the very least.
If they are not there system restore has been disabled on your system. Or something, or someone has been removing them.

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Hi everyone,

I have been trying to restore to a system image located on my had drive, i boot up into the recovery tool and select system image recovery, Once the box opens up it begins searching for an image to restore to. But every time i get an error saying windows can not find a system image on your computer. It says attach the back up hard drive to the computer and try again. It will never detect my backup image, but it detects my hard-drive. I don't know what I'm doing wrong.

The folder with the image is called Windowsimagebackup. there is nothing else on the hard drive but that.

Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks

Windows 8.1 pro

A:System Image restore cannot detect image

Any help would be appreciated.



Did you try to boot from the drive ?

Have you tried Macrium Reflect ?

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Hi,

Is a system restore to an earlier point as clean as a restore done for the same point through a system image (I use Macrium Reflect) - or is there redundancy, overlaps, duplication etc. introduced during a system restore?

I am aware that a system image is of ALL the C drive - whereas a system restore is only for certain file extensions and locations (Actually, all my user folders, Downloads, My Documents, Pictures etc. are on a separate partition - except for App Data).

More specifically for the registry: does a system restore replace the registry to exactly as it was at the restore point - or are there overlaps, redundant entries and duplication. I suppose I am asking because I believe in Windows XP a system restore simply overlay the newer registry with the older restore one - so expanding and complicating the registry; at least this is what the developer of ERUNT said.

I would appreciate some feedback on this. Thank you.

A:System Restore vs System Image Restore

Here's a good article with a lot of info about Windows Seven Restore enhancements over previous versions. I didn't realize myself it had these options:

Exploring Windows 7 System Restore & Restore Previous Versions

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Log Name: Application
Source: ESENT
Date: 1/12/2013 5:09:36 AM
Event ID: 508
Task Category: Performance
Level: Warning
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: ETERNITY-HP
Description:
Windows (3140) Windows: A request to write to the file "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows\MSS.chk" at offset 0 (0x0000000000000000) for 4096 (0x00001000) bytes succeeded, but took an abnormally long time (61 seconds) to be serviced by the OS. This problem is likely due to faulty hardware. Please contact your hardware vendor for further assistance diagnosing the problem.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
<System>
<Provider Name="ESENT" />
<EventID Qualifiers="0">508</EventID>
<Level>3</Level>
<Task>7</Task>
<Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2013-01-12T04:09:36.000000000Z" />
<EventRecordID>87171</EventRecordID>
<Channel>Application</Channel>
<Computer>ETERNITY-HP</Computer>
<Security />
</System>
<EventData>
<Data>Windows</Data>
<Data>3140</Data>
<Data>Windows: </Data>
<Data>C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows\MSS.chk</Data>
<Data>0 (0x0000000000000000)</Data>
<Data>4096 (0x00001000)</Data>
<Data>61</Data>
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I familiar with restoring a back up image from an external USB HD. My question is, what is the correct procedure for restoring a system image from an incremental or differential back up image. Would I restore the first saved image and then the last incremental or differential back-ups ?

A:Restore System Image

What backup software did you use to make the backups?

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Hi, my Windows 7 has totally crashed. I only get a blink cursor in the top left corner of my screen after the first bootup screen. Totally my fault... I had my Norton turned off, and I downloaded a "free" video editing program. As soon as I double clicked the .exe file the screen went blank, except for that cursor... I can get into system recovery tools and I can do the first two options, boot repair and system recovery, but neither of them are fixing the problem. I think I need to do a restore from System Image but I never made a backup system image. (i know, i know... dumb as can be..... ) I thought that if it ever completely crashed I would be able to access the recovery partition, but it doesn't seem to be working out like that..... I do have most of my important documents/projects/software saved on an external hard drive, so I'm not too concerned about that, I just want to get windows working again. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:restore without a system image?

Hello rinkel and welcome to the SevenForums.

Well it seems like you got a nasty virus. You will need to re-install Windows 7 using the default manufacturer disk. If they gave you one. To be on the safe side i would recommend wiping your entire hard drive first using this tutorial:

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Then simply re-install windows afterwards.

Let me know how it goes,
Gamer

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I am trying to restore a system image using W7 Repair Disk.

The drive to which I am attempting to restore the saved system image is part of a RAID 1 array.

The system image I am attempting to restore from was created on a non-RAID disk in another machine. In other words when the system image was created on another machine, that machine was not running a RAID 1 or any other RAID array.

On Restart at the end of the restore process the new machine will not boot into the restored C: drive which is in the RAID 1 array. System Repair cannot fix the problem.

Is the fact that the non-RAID image I am attempting to restore into the new RAID 1 array fatal to my plan? Is there any work around?

A:W7 Restore System Image

If you can go back to the machine with the non-raid disk, open up that pc (with it shut down of course) and temporarily install the raid card you're using. Boot up; the unit will ask for drivers for the raid card to be installed. Do that.
You do not have to set up the raid!

Then make another image on that non-raid machine. Take out the raid card and rebuild the RAID 1 where you had it. Then restore the new image to the raid. Should boot into W7 now.

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I am trying to restore a backup system image to my laptop. I have a system image backup of Windows 8 on an external WD Essentiasl 1TB external Hard Drive.
I go to advanced tools restore system image and it says "Windows cannot find a system image on this computer. Attach the backup hard disk or insert the final DVD from a backup set and click retry. Alternatively, close this dialog for more options. Retry gives me the same message. Tried starting with drive attached, not attached, same result. Click cancel.
Next option selected is "Select a system image." No system image listed. Hit refresh, still nothing. Top of screen says "Click Advanced to add a network location or install a driver for a backup device if it does not show up in the list below." I click on the Advanced tab. Option to "Search for a system image on the network" or "Install a driver." I select install a driver. Find the right driver for the WD Essential hard drive and when I click on them I get "The specified location does not contain information about your hardware." Click OK. Can't find how to load these drivers I am being asked for.
Funny thing is that on the screen where I search for driver I can see the WD Essential Hard Drive connected to the system. I can also see the system image files but when I click on them I get the same error message, "The specified location does not contain information about your hardware."
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I made two system images last month and as I have been having weeks of BSODs and freezing up issues that I have now spent enough hours fruitlessly trying to resolve, I decided to restore my O/S from the images. One was with the native Win7 tool, one with Macrium Reflect.

I tried the Macrium image first, but even though I can browse OK within the .mrimg file (on another partition on my PC) and it verifies OK, Macrium says it cannot load the image when I try to restore from it (which I do via a Macrium bootable CD). Why not?? What was the point of creating it?

With the native Windows image, after rebooting I get to the various restore windows, but the option 'select this to delete any existing partitions..' is greyed out. There is an option to install drivers.. but what drivers? I am asked for the media containing the drivers for my hard drives (two Samsung 850 EVO SSDs). I have no such disc. The drivers are native to Windows, surely??

Scuppered at all turns. Even trying to correct my BSODs and system errors errors by using the system image is fraught with yet more errors and frustrations!! (SFC ran with no issues BTW).

What do I do now then? Take up golf instead, and ditch all my PCs perhaps.

Many thanks!

A:Can't restore system image..

When did you create the backups? Was it before or after you first got the BSOD?

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Hi, my work required me to have my laptop reformatted but I made a recovery image in Control Panel -> W7 File Recovery and on the left pane Create a System Image. I saved it to my external drive, ~100GB in size.

Sent my laptop in, came back blank W7 image. I reinstalled W8 and went into Control Panel and W7 file recovery but it says Windows Could not Find a Backup for this computer. My drive is attached, visible, none of the files were modified. When I reinstalled W8 I used the same Computer name. I also tried doing it from boot in the advanced section where you can select restore image but also it cannot find it.

I can mount the image in W8 and see all of my files and access them, but I'd rather just use this image and have all my programs and whatnot already installed.

A:Restore System Image

Any ideas?

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Hi
Did a system image backup onto DVDs. I had 3 partitions on my HD C:windows, Data, and a linux partition. What am I going to see when I restore it. Have to because my MBR is messed up from installing GRUB onto MBR when installing Linux.
I guess my next question is how do I fix my mbr without going the image restore route?

Thanks

Claude...

A:System image restore

type this from an adminstrators account in CMD

fixmbr \Device\HardDisk0

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So I created a system image of C:\ on my 2nd internal drive D:\. Now I am trying to restore the system image back to C:\ from D:\. However, I can't find a way using Windows 7 Restore, to point at drive D:\. Windows 7 Restore wants to find my image file on a network or an external drive. Frustrating, so simple, but I can't point at the image file on D:\ with the options I'm given. Seems so simple but I need some help.  Thanks, Mongo
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A:System image restore

How did you create this "system image"?
 
System manufacturer and model?
 
Louis

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I had another stab to backup my System Image with Macrium Reflect (Win 8.1 Macr.Reflect IMAGE 25.7.15) & created the files shown in first scan below.

Also in Reflect created a Rescue Media MACRIUM REF(I) USB stick shown in second scan.

I tried to boot my spare 500gb with the USB stick (first boot disk in BIOS) but failed to update to w8.1.

What could I have done wrong this time?
 

A:restore from a system image

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please help.
i created a windows image on my external hard drive. i cant for the life of me figure out how to install it.
let me start at the begining... i saved image, then started messing around with drivers ect. i did a restore to factory settings and then tried to load that image on. when i tried your way either threw F8 and/or windows back up and restore it sees the VHD image on my external but when i try to go further it says missing hardware or something like that and i cant proceed. next i mounted my VHD on my laptop made the VHD active and went into the files and folders to see if everything was there and it looked fine to me. there must have been windows updates running in the back ground and my system rebooted .... when it did it said no disk manager found. black screen... ekk... luckly i had a windows 7 pro upgrade handy and reinstalled from there then i went to comand prompt reinstalled windows.old to bring me back but now all the programs that came with the laptop are gone.
oh boy what a mess... i want to load the image file i saved on my external drive but need help please.............................. this is all done on the same laptop all under windows 7

A:system restore image please help.....

Have a look at this: System Image Recovery

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Hello folks,

I'm having an issue restoring my Windows 8 professional images.

My pc is capable of running both a Windows 8 32 bit OS as well as a 64 bit version.

I install the 32 bit version of Windows 8 professional from the iso image.
I then, create a backup image on my second hard drive.
(I restore this image and back it up several times until I get things correct.)
I then install the 64 bit version of Windows 8 pro.
Get that set up just the way I want it.
And then create an image of THAT on my second hard drive. (I append the existing 32 bit backup image name with an extension of ".32".
So, at this point , I know that the back and restore process works.

Here's the rub.
On my Windows 8 pc, the last OS that was installed was the 64 bit version.

Start-of-loop

Before starting the image restore process, I ensure that I have my 32 bit backup image of Windows 8 renamed correctly.

I then boot the pc with the 32 bit version of the repair CD.
I don't ever get to the point where I am asked to select an OS image.
After what looks to be the normal restore procedure I receive a message that tells ?what I am try to do, is not supported?.

I perform this same procedure by the way, all the time, on my 32\64 bit version of Vista and Windows 7.

Hmmmmmmmmm.

I then, boot the pc with a 64 bit repair CD.

I DO get to the point of selecting my 32 bit backup image.
But then, I get a dialog that tells me I need to reboot the pc with a 32 bit repair CD.

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A:System image restore

Hello Ray, and welcome to Eight Forums.

I'm taking that you replaced the 32-bit Windows 8 installation with 64-bit Windows 8, and are now wanting to restore 32-bit. In this case, you should be able to delete and/or format the 64-bit installation in a command prompt at boot using the same 32-bit repair disc, then do a system image recovery of the 32-bit.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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So I created a system image a while ago via windows backup on my external HDD. It just so happs that I need to restore now.
i tried to do it in CP and got to where i could select the drive and begin the restore process. However I was not able to check the first option to wipe the drive then install. So I just clicked next. It went to the second screen and basically didn't move for. But it froze after 20mins. I canceled it and windows wouldn't boot. I formatted the HDD and reinstalled windows and now rrying the restore again and same issue. It just kinda freezes. There is no HDD activity either.

How can I restore from my system image?

A:system Image Restore help

Yupp keeps getting stuck at "restoring C" what should I do to restore from my image?

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I created a system image of my laptop, Inspiron17 5758, and did a clean reinstall of W10 Home Premium, but when I attemted to reimage I am unable to do so, a box pops up telling me it is not possible.
I have to attempt the reimage via the Dell interface as opposed to Windows, is there a way to circumnavigate Dell and reimage via Windows? How can I get rid of the Dell interface?
Thank you.

A:Restore system image.

It gets confusing for observers as to what type of image and how you went about reimaging.
For instance, if you created a System Image using the Windows utility, why did you do a clean install before reimaging?
What are you wanting to achieve, get rid of the OEM stuff?  Windows 10 can be clean installed on a system with just the Install Media.  If you are using some Dell component, part of that may be on the drive..

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i had a 750Gb hybrid drive as boot drive and i have a system image of this drive. now that the drive is bad iam trying to restore the system image on to a 1Tb drive but it keeps telling me that no drive is found for the image to be restored.
what could be the issue ? In BIOS i have put the drive as boot drive and made its partition active .
I previously had the problem where i was trying to restore the image to a smaller drive but this time i am trying to restore the image to a 1Tb drive which is larger than the original disk of 750Gb.

thanks

A:cant restore system image

aliyesami

Try adding the .inf file of the SATA driver or chipset driver . When it can't locate the drive .

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2 weeks ago my 128 GB Corsair SSD was failing. I sent it in to be replaced. Before that I created a Windows system image and restored it to my 150GB Western Digital HDD. I just got back my new SSD yesterday and am now trying to reverse the process and create a system image to get back onto the Corsair SSD, but I am getting an error message
The system image restore failed

Error details: The disk that is set as active in BIOS is too small to recover the original systems disk. Replace the disk with a larger one and retry the restore operation (0x80042407)

The actual size of the file is only 54GB, but my worry is that since the Western Digital is 150 GB and I am trying to write to a 128 GB drive that I might not be able to do it. Any Ideas? Thanks in advance!
Sam

A:Cannot restore from a system image

  
Quote: Originally Posted by samhfoley


2 weeks ago my 128 GB Corsair SSD was failing. I sent it in to be replaced. Before that I created a Windows system image and restored it to my 150GB Western Digital HDD. I just got back my new SSD yesterday and am now trying to reverse the process and create a system image to get back onto the Corsair SSD, but I am getting an error message
The system image restore failed

Error details: The disk that is set as active in BIOS is too small to recover the original systems disk. Replace the disk with a larger one and retry the restore operation (0x80042407)

The actual size of the file is only 54GB, but my worry is that since the Western Digital is 150 GB and I am trying to write to a 128 GB drive that I might not be able to do it. Any Ideas? Thanks in advance!
Sam


How big is the partition that the 54 gig image is in?

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Hi,

I have been trying to use windows backup for system images. However, whenever I try to load a system image, i get this error "Windows cannot find a system image on this computer." The image is being saved in the correct location when I check the folder. However, when I perform the backup it appears that the backup process is finishing abruptly (the progress bar will jump from 75% to 100% way too fast).

I tried disabling my antivirus (Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0.5002.333), and I tried running in Safe mode when performing the backup. The same thing happens.

I am saving the backup file on a 200gb partition of a RAID1 configuration, while the OS is on a separate drive in SATA mode. However I have another system with identical software saving to a RAID1 backup array, but it works perfectly. Only difference is the hardware (Intel+different mobo).

I really would prefer not to have to reinstall the whole OS to try to fix this, so any suggestions would be appreciated.

OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (Student License, Downloaded File)
Mobo: Asus M4A79XTD EVO
CPU: AMD Phenom II 955
Storage:
2x 800gb WD Black in RAID1
OS on Intel 80gb x25-m

A:System Restore: "Cannot find a system image"

Try using the free version of Macrium Reflect instead. I don't have a Raid array, but I have a Raid controller and have had trouble restoring with some image backup apps. The new Macrium Reflect 4.2 works with my Raid controller(it's not the PC in my spec, it's my Vista64 PC with quad core and raid, HP Pavilion m9515y)

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If I made a System Restore Point and then made a Macrium Image and restored both at different times, would they make the PC identical or would there be a difference?

A:Image Restore vs System Retore

They are not the same.

Macrium and similar will use vss or their own snap driver to create a snapshot, then create a complete image of that snapshot. Restoring the image returns everything to the point of that snapshot.

System restore restores some windows system files, and deletes files not present at the time the restore point was made.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...=vs.85%29.aspx

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Hello all,

Just to inform you, and to share my positive experience!

To test if System Image Restore works, I have deleted all Windows 7 partitions, including the system partition of 100 MB, so I only got left, two disks, with both only unallocated space.

I rebooted to check if Windows 7 was removed, and yes, I could not restart my system.

I inserted the Repair Disc, choose to restore a system image, and it did find my latest system image.
Only thing a little bit peculiar, the time of the image was not correct, I create backups at 17.00 and the system image got a time of 08.00, I guess this is because I live in a different timezone.

The restore went smoothly, took not much time, and after restarting the computer, my system is working exactly like before!
Even the disk layout in Disk Manager is equal to what it was before.

I like Windows 7!

zx81

A:System Image Restore successfully.

I've used the Image restore on a number of occasions and it has always worked flawlessly.

I've tried a couple of the free Imaging software programs and a trial of Acronis (all of which I wasn't 100% satisfied with) and for me, I'm more than happy with W7's own and shall be sticking with it.

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Bought a bare bones kit, Asus motherboard amd 8-core cpu 1TB wd hardrive, 8GB memory, It all went together fine, I installed w-7 64-bit os system that went fine, Then I partitioned the drive, 500GB & 431GB the windows-7 64-bit on the 500GB, formatted the 431gb partition and installed w-7 32-bit from my old PC, which I had backed up on to an external drive, When i try to start the w-7 on 32-bit, Screen flashes blue, not enough time to read what it say's then just goes back into the windows logon, Can still get into my w-7 64-bits fine, any suggestions would be appreciated, Thanks

A:Did a system image restore now get bsod

Trying to install a backed up old version of Windows onto a completely new computer will not work. If you had created the an image of the old 32 bit Windows with a program such as Macrium Pro you could use the redeploy feature in conjunction with it's bootable CD or USB thumb drive to install the image, but this program is not free.
The reason it will not work is that the new system has different drivers & hardware & many other variations that prevent it.
The only other alternative is to do a completely fresh reinstall the Windows 32 bit OS, as you have done with the 64 bit one. Then you can copy over your personal files from the backed up drive.
Of course you will have to reinstall all other software programs that you have as you can't copy those across, so you will need their activation codes.
With all this in mind, why bother installing the 32 bit Windows at all. If you have to do all this you may as well just use the 64 bit system & reinstall all your software in the 64 bit version. This might require buying the 64 bit versions of the activation codes if necessary. Your personal data files should work after you copy them across.

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Can I Restore a System Image of a HDD (70 Gb of 500Gb used) => To a 256 Gb SSD?

What about any required SSD drivers and/or any SSD management software that won't be on the HDD System Image?
Anything else that may affect a successful drive swap from HDD to SSD?

A:Can I Restore A HDD System Image To A SSD Without Issues?

Easiest way would be to shrink the 500GB partition to below the size of the SDD>image across then you can extend it to fill the SSD if necessary

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