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Win7 system recovery choices: detailed differences? (system restore, image restore, repair disc)

Q: Win7 system recovery choices: detailed differences? (system restore, image restore, repair disc)

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:
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?
I suspect that the System Recovery Disc contains only "Windows" as it was installed
initially. And I know that might be different from the
latest System Restore Point.
But if I create a System Restore Point immediately after starting Windows for the first time, will that
initial System Restore Point include all of the same files as the System Recovery Disc?
That is, is there a way to create a System Recovery Disc that includes the
latest System Restore Point, not just the
initial "Windows" files? In other words, a
bootable media that would return the system to the state of the
latest System Restore Point?
Also, if I create a System Recovery disc [sic], must it be a physical CD or DVD, as the webpage says? Or can it a USB thumb drive?
Finally, I know that a System Recovery Image includes user files, whereas a System Restore Point does not.
But does a System Recovery Image contain
all of the content that is in the latest System Restore Point, if I create the latter immediately before creating an image?
I hope one or more people can address each question. TIA.

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Preferred Solution: Win7 system recovery choices: detailed differences? (system restore, image restore, repair disc)

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)


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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I want to have a Factory Reset of my computer. In order to launch a System Recovery, I need to create Restore Discs. When I launch the Recovery Disc Creation, it says:

"This computer does not have a burning drive, which is required to make DVDs. Please contact HP Support for asistance."

My computer did not come with a build in CD Drive. Even plugging in a USB CD Drive will not make creating the discs possible. So. I ask you. How can I reset my computer to Factory Condition?


Computer Specs:

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit)

Model: HP Pavillion dm3 Notebook PC

edit: This notebook came with a Recovery Partition built in. Maybe it can help?

A:Cannot Create A System Restore Disc(s) (Cannot do a System Recovery)

At HP logo press F11.
It should give you an access to recovery partition.

I'd also call HP to obtain recovery DVDs.

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I created a system image on an external usb hdd of Windows 8.1

I installed 8 though and upgraded to 8.1 soon after. I made the system image before and after, but I only kept the 8.1 system image.

My internal hdd failed and I just got a new one and was trying to flash the image, but it's not being detected.

I'm going to have to clean install 8, upgrade to 8.1 and then create one of those usb flash drives so I can finally flash the image I made back when, aren't I?

A:[SOLVED] Can't restore a Win 8.1 system image with Win 8 installation disc?

How did you create the image? Whatever software you used to create the image, you would need to boot from a Boot CD created with the software program and choose Restore Image from the program

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I have an old PC running Win 7 that started having issues - motherboard or power supply; it finally died but I have a good backup (windows image). I have another Win 7 PC, and would like to restore selected files to that PC. How do I do that? I tried using
the restore feature, but couldn't get things to work.
Bigger Sam

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I am planning to perform a system image restore using the system image contained on four DVD's. I have read Brink's excellent article "How to Do a System Image Recovery in Windows 7". After researching WIN7 Forums for this afternoon and into the evening, I have a question regarding the backup data files option when accessing system image recovery thru the control panel. This assumes that the win7 OS is functional. After many attempts using Mini Tool, Paragon and other software, I have not been able to repair the HDD so the OS will not boot. My only access to perform a system image restore is thru the repair console or repair disk. Does this mean I cannot use the backup option?

My goal is determine if any files lost from the HDD failure are contained in this system image without wiping the files I am attempting to recover. Is there another way to view or recover the files from a system image on DVD? I understand that since the vhd files are on four DVD's they cannot be viewed using WIN7 disk management. Any help will be appreciated.

A:System Image restore using WIN7 and DVD media

VHDs can be viewed with Disk Management provided you have a running system. In Disk Management under the Action button you can attach the VHD and then open it in Computer.

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There is a large reference book on Win 7 called Windows 7 Inside and Out.

Even in this big book only a couple pages are on repair. I have recently moved to Win 7 from XP.
The repair routine on the XP installer cd got me out of a lot of jams.

But now it seems I need to make a separate repair cd on Win 7 through the System Image Recovery.
Even this assumes that Win7 is going does it not?

How can I build a repair cd that boots and restores the MBR where the usual problem
is after an unexpected power out or shutdown?

My most common instance of having the HD go bad is having an interrupted clone job
using Norton Ghost.

If image recovery is the wrong place to start, please give the how - to to make
a bootable repair cd/dvd.

A:Build a Repair disk with Win7 System Image Recovery

Seasons Greetings
Listen to me. I and many members of this forum, do not get overly involved with repairs etc. Just download the free Macrium Reflect, it allows you to make an image on an external hard drive. No matter what your problem, just repair with a current image. It saved me several times. I do not know about Norton, but using Macrium is the place to start.
If you still want a repair disc, this will help
System Repair Disc - Create

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Main OS installed on my SSD Win7 HP x64

HDD has Win7 Ultimate x64
Previously had vista x64 installed as secondary since I got the SSD, I made steps on system images every so many updates and programs installed if I wanted to revert to a image that was no issue at all.

I wiped the vista last week installed Ultimate on a drive with SSD unhooked, I have to use a PCIe controller card to bypass non AHCI system for SATA III. I was about to do a windows image I made before installing Avast but it will not let me unless I completely Format my SSD now there are 2 Win7 installs even with the HDD unplugged.

I am thinking the MBR is screwed some how but no system errors or anything, ran sfc /scannow and chkdsk all ok.

The way I do my system images in those steps is complete one which leaves you the folder WindowsImageBackup, then I change it to 1 - WindowsImageBackup and make a text file of what is on my OS and any changes or programs installed and so on 2-3-4-5.

These are stored on my WD 1TB Black drive in which I have 2 that are also hooked up to the SATA III card which is no issue ever there just saying how I do it.
I am totally confused now on how to get the image to complete and any help would be grateful. I do not wish to reinstall completely is why I am posting.

Any system specs you need should be in sig if not just ask.

Thanks lol

A:Dual Win7 installs SSD/HDD cannot use system image restore

I kind of got lost in your long message. Briefly could you describe the problem and post a Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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Hi guys, I have a problem with my Win7 x64 installation. I have played with a Playstation3 HDD and I have really screwed my win7 partition table.

I have tried booting with the setup dvd and tried everything there (startup repair, bootfix from cmd, etc) but nothing seems to work.

I have next booted Hiren's Live XP and I can see my partitions (btw what is the small 100mb partition called system reserved?). I have found a folder called Recovery on my boot partition which contains a large file called winre.wim, can I use this to restore my boot from System Image Recovery ? If yes, how do I do that? (remember that win setup doesn't see my partitions) I have copied the whole recovery folder to an usb stick, but when I get to System Image recovery it doesn't find it...

Please help!

Thanks in advance.

LE: (thanks mod for proper edit of the post)

A:Can I use this to restore my boot from System Image Recovery ?

You can't boot into Windows? If so post a screen shot of your disk management window.

How to Post a Screenshot in Seven Forums - Windows 7 Forums

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I noticed that when I made my first Backup image (per Win 7 OS and not third party software) that it created a system restore point. If I wanted to delete all system restore points will I still be able to use that recovery image should I need it? In other words, are the OS-created images and system restore somehow integrated and dependant upon one another? I think the answwer is no, but I want to make sure just in case.

FWIW, i installed Acronis True Image 2010 and would like to disable system restore altogether once I get the feel for this OS


A:Recovery Image and System Restore Point

They are separate. You can make on schedule,: Just image or just restore or just a copy of your files (back up and save)

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Hello everyone,

I am not sure which category this belongs to as it broaches many areas, but I felt this was the closest (other than general)

In short my computer refuses to start win 7, it tries to repair it, but fails. I have tried system restore point and restore to previous known working state but neither works. The computer will start in safe mode though.

Some background:
This started when my AVG virus software started telling me it could not update so I uninstalled it (or rather tried to update it by downloading a new version of it and trying to install it over the old, but this had some problems so I uninstalled it). I rebooted after the uninstall and the cycle above started.

At this point time I tried restoring the system to the point before I tried the "install new version over the old" and the restore was successful but the problem persisted. After this though, no restore point will work anymore, I just get

"unspecified error occurred during system restore 0x8000ffff"

Apparently the first restore really did work as when I started in safe mode, the AVG was there and I uninstalled it hoping it would help, but no.

I've tried running the Repair Computer option from win7 disk, but it wont work. I can not even try to reinstall win7 at the moment because I get this when trying to select any partition:

windows 7 windows cannot be installed to this disk the selected disk has an mbr partition table gpt

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A:Win7 keeps restarting, startup repair and system restore fails

If you do a "startup repair" it fails you say. But why? There's a clickable text something like "view diagnostics results". Click on it. It displays the tests it did. Status 0x0 means no errors... not interested in that. What erors does it give in what step?

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Win7 pro x64. I can create images and restore them using bootable media [DVD], however if I attempt to restore an image using the Backup and Restore option in Control Panel, Specifically -

Recover system settings or your computer>Advanced recovery methods>use a system image you created earlier to recover your computer

when the system attempts to boot I get the follwing message:

Windows failed to start ....etc
Status: 0xc0000225
Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible

The system suggests I use the Win7 install disk, which I allow to perform repairs. They do not work.
The recovery disk burned by Windows sees there is a problem and offers to fix. That does not work.

Have restored MBR per
MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record



A:Win7 System Image Restore does not boot from Windows - 0xc0000225

Boot from win7 install dvd and press shift+f10 Command Prompt at Startup
Or win7 system repair disc and enter command prompt:

bcdedit /enum {default}
Post output

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I have recently installed windows ultimate x64 on my computer.

i have an asus p6t deluxe v2 mobo, i7-960 cpu and a wd velociraptor hdd. The install went ok, I even managed to restart my computer a few times after but after windows updates installed it won't boot. I tried to boot into safe mode, restore from the installer, and repair, none worked. After startup repair it says: "a patch is preventing the system from starting" and I get a 0x1f error code.
(Preventing windows from downloading any updates didn't work either)
I tried to look the answer up in the forum, but found no real solution.

A:win7 won't boot, system repair, restore, safe mode won't work

Hi there Welcome to SevenForums.com,

What do you mean by it wont boot? How far can you get into Windows? Login screen? Desktop then it crashes?

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I have tried unsuccessfully to do a Factory Image Restore on my Dell Inspiron laptop with Windows 7 but that's not a choice on the Factory Image Restore welcome screen. So, I thought I would try using my System Recovery disks if possible. I'm not that computer literate but could you help with the proper steps to take? Thanks!

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My question is similar. I'm new to Win7-64. I want to back up the entire system but will System Image Restore allow me to identify and restore individual files? Win7's normal back up function does that, but it doesn't save the OS and programs.


A:System Image Recovery allow me to identify & restore individual files?

Hello Mark, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sorry, but when doing a System Image Recovery, you will not be able to pick and choose individual files and folders. It's an all or none deal.

However, you could use the tutorial below to manaully extract individual files and folders from within the system image if you like.System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management
Hope this helps,

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I have just acquired a refurbished Lenovo ThinkPad T430 laptop. It has had Windows 7 Professional cleanly (re)installed.  I have come across a slightly odd problem and would welcome advice. I noticed that on initial boot up, a boot menu-screen flashed up very briefly with two options - 'Boot to Windows', or 'Restore the original Windows Image'. The latter choice came with a warning note at the bottom of the menu screen that this would erase all existing data. In any case the delay default is only about 2 secs, because if 'Restore Original Image' is not selected (and I have no wish to do so) it then boots up by default into Win7. Comment: I have other computers with Win7 installed and have never seen this menu appear on booting any of them. When I looked at the hard drive partitions, I noticed that there were already three primary partitions on the hard drive: 100MB System Reserved (which is normal and to be expected), 13GB Recovery, and the main Win7 partition. I had been thinking of installing Linux Mint as dual-boot alongside Win7.  However when I began running the Mint installer, I noticed that it said there were "multiple OSs already on the system". Comment: I thought that a bit odd, but assumed that maybe it was seeing the existing Recovery partition as containing a duplicate, or image, of the Win7 OS. I therefore did not proceed with the Linux dual boot install.  I want to do so using EasyBCD.  But before doing so I need... Read more

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I had a problem with my headphones (I made some adjustments when setting up Skype), and the headphones stopped working. I then restored to an earlier date and everything is back to normal. My question: Can I find out what files were restored, i.e. what were the differences between the current status and the earlier date (so that I do not make a similar error in future)? Many thanks. My sound card is creative sound blaster live! series (WDM). Other specifications are in my signature.

A:System restore differences

Bump. Not really a problem, but I am sure that the experts here will be able to answer this query so that I do not make similar mistakes again. Many thanks.

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I have a toshiba laptop A105 sieries. I got a real nasty worm and could not get rid of it.
I then stuck in the restore disc and did a complete erase of my harddrive. I am now trying to install the operating system off of the restore disc and I am not able to. Can someone please help me. I have went into the bios and set it to boot from dvd rom but then all it does is say recovering. 32 min later when it is done I try to boot from hard drive it ask me if I want to start windows normally. I select it and then nothing happens. I go back to bios and it says bood from hard drive but no go. If I go back into bios and have it boot from the recover disc it's the same thing all over. I don't know what I am doing and am a little confused no, really confused. Thanking you in advance for any help any one could give me.

A:Solved: restore operating system using restore disc

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I am trying to completely wipe my computer clean by using the windows 7 disc. Problem is i cant get the disc to boot on star up.

A:System restore, I cant restore my computer with a windows 7 disc

Where did you get "the windows 7 disc" ?
Maybe it is a bad disc ?
Is your BIOS setup to boot from the optical disc as the first device ?

This tutorial has everything needed to reinstall Windows including where to get the latest Windows installation ISO and how to burn it to DVD.
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
You do need a valid genuine readable COA key for your licensed version.

Is this an OEM PC such as HP, Dell, Gateway, Lenovo, ... , or a custom/home built ?
Did your PC come with Ultimate pre-installed ?

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Is are there differences in the following ways to run system restore:

1) From within windows
2) from windows in safe mode
3) from the windows installation CD repair/system restore option

any advantages/disadvatages in running restore from either or each of the 3 options ?


A:Differences in 3 system restore options

Hello Trinaz,

There's not much difference other than in Safe Mode.

1) Allows you to be able undo the system restore if needed.

2) You will not be able undo a system restore done in Safe Mode.

3) Same as 1, but can be handy if you are unable to boot into Windows 7.

System Restore


System Restore - Undo - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,


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I'm not sure why this is, but whenever I did a system restore with Vista SP2, it put my computer (and files!) exactly the way it way at the stated date and event of the restore point. It would even say that files were left untouched, yet newly downloaded files after said event were always gone.

Windows 7 System Restore is different in my experience. It leaves the files exactly as they were and only restores the system. This is less useful for me as recently installed programs have all the files still there, yet don't show up in the add/remove programs list. I have to manually clean things up.

So is there any way to get Win7 system restore to behave the same as it did (for me) in Vista?

A:Differences between Vista and 7's System Restore

Have you tried making your own restore points?
You can remove programs from "Programs and Features first, then delete the files and folders.
Empty *all* temporary files and defrag after doing so.

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Can you install win 7 home edition off the disc's made with windows 7 on the computer to restore or an image disc or do you need a actual win 7 install disc?

How do I get the product key for the software discs made on that computer?

Can u take disc's from a different computer and install on another one ?

A:can you install win7 from an image or restore disc if you reformat dr

1. Yes, you can install from an image or restore disc.

2. In that case you do not need a product key. It is part of the image or restore disc.

3. You can take a disc from a different computer. In that case you need the product key from your COA sticker. That is on the bottom of a laptop or on the back of a desktop.

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Hello all.. Long time Dell user and prior frequent forum visitor, so this question  may seem very basic. Sorry.
I just purchased an Inspiron 5368 (got a new one at the outlet for a good price and thus far am VERY impressed with the machine) and have a back up question.
If I create System Image onto a USB hard drive inside windows 10 and also create the System Repair USB drive, could I use that if I ever had a hard drive failure? I am thinking...

A) replace hard drive with bare hard drive.
B) Boot to Repair USB Drive.
C) direct it to reinstall my System Image.
D) have basically the same system (other than the new hard drive...)
Seems correct from what I know, but just want to make sure. I tend to take backups seriously... Currently use Acronis, but don't actually have it installed anywhere to create the boot USB drive, just boot from the install CD and it works fine. But the 5368 has no optical drive so plan on using the above method if it will achieve the goal should the need arise.

Thanks in advance... I know people here are great - a reason that every laptop I have purchased has been a Dell (except for an Acer I got once on Black Friday as a gift for a relative).

A:Windows 10 System Image / System Repair disc?

Thank you for writing to us!
You are correct in saying how you can back up your operating system on to external media.The link below will give more accurate information and also help you set it up on your system.
Kindly private message the service tag and email address.

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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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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?


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

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

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I need clarification.
I am having trouble differentiating system image and system repair disc.

More importantly, when to use one over the other ?
Example, if my computer has stopped working, then I will use ..... which one ?

1. ) I have my system image backed up to my external hard drive. ( Just did one today ).
In the event I am unable to boot my computer, how do I use the system image in order to recover my computer to working order ?
Connect my ext. hard drive to the computer, then what ?

2. ) I also have created a system repair disc.
How do I use the system repair disc when I am unable to boot my computer ?

Thank you.

A:system image and system repair disc

Hello Dhu,

The tutorials below can give you more details on the how and what for this. After reading through them, please let us know if you have any questions.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

System Image Recovery

System Repair Disc - Create

Hope this helps,

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1) Do I have to create a new system repair disc EVERY time I create a new system image?

2). Why is a system repair disc needed?

3). Do I need a system repair disc if I have the original Windows 7 CD?

The reson I ask is I frequently back-up with this utility.

A:System Image and System Repair Disc

Hello Flotzie, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you have a retail Windows 7 installation DVD, then no you do not have to create a system repair disc since both can be used to boot to the System Recovery Options screen to do a System Image Recovery with.

Hope this helps,

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Hi girls n guys
please help me
problem is with a samsung net/notebook
when powered on it wont load up windows / it looks like it freezes after the "windows bar comes up for a minimum of 4 secs" then goes no further ?
tryd to use the wind recovery disc to "repair pc" it loads up windows files then i get a please wait screen and goes no further ?
so i tryed to re-install widows from disc, can get through the install procedure up untill i click install now then get to Setup is starting and wont go any further ? just the cursor icon circle goes round and round and just nothing
any advice on what the problem is ?
im stummped
thanks in advance

A:Win7 starter disc wont wont restore system

Couple links for you full of info
Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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I am having the following system configuration

XPS L401X Base
Genuine Windows(R) 7 Home Premium 64bit (English)
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-740QM Processor
6GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM (1 x 2GB + 1 x 4GB)
640GB 7200RPM Hard Drive

Lately whenever i try to start my computer it pass the Dell Bios and then directly goes to the screen which states
Repair your system or
Start windows normally

When i chose repair system , it start downloading windows files and then launch the windows , but hung up at the sky blue login window with only movable cusor . When i choose to start windows normally it gives me BSOD momentarly ( hard to see the message) and then restarts again .

I tried with the advanced boot up options like
repair my computer , all safe modes , restore to last good configuration but it does the same and hangs at windows loging sky blue window .
I Tried to run the Dell PSA+ Diagnostic and it returns with 2000-0146 error . As per the Dell online solutions for this type of error ,I tried to reinstall the Hard disk but the problem still exist.

My Hard disk has 2 partitions C and D and all my data resides on D drive and Windows installed on C drive.

Please help me in making my computer working , without losing data .

Currently i am away from my home country and have no OS or recovery disk with me .

Sunny .

A:Dell XPS Crashes .System repair,system restore ,safe mode don't work

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

If you have access to another computer I'd suggest you create a system repaiir disc.

System Repair Disc - Create

It won't re-install Windows, but it will get you into the advanced recovery environment, from where you can run chkdsk.

It does seem highly likely there is a major problem with your hard drive.

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Hi, my name is Stormy, I'm new to this forum since I really haven't had any issues in the past.

I am running Vista Home Premium 32bit on my desktop. I restarted it a few days ago to install SP1, it rebooted and started installing 3 updates. Once it reached 100% it kicked into System Repair. After running through it, it restarted and did the same thing. Now 3 days later, it's still in that process where it installs updates, goes to system repair, restarts and starts again.

I tried interrupting it and doing a System Restore, but even at the earliest date on it, it goes right back to that repetitive process. Now I can't get to any of my files or anything else on there. I'm stuck, and I need some help please!

A:Updates fail, System Repair fails, System Restore won't work


Can you get into safe mode?

Safe Mode

If so, Download this file it & run as an admistrator: -

This will get you back into the system.

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Hi, my name is Stormy, I'm new to this forum since I really haven't had any issues in the past.

I am running Vista Home Premium 32bit on my desktop. I restarted it a few days ago to install SP1, it rebooted and started installing 3 updates. Once it reached 100% it kicked into System Repair. After running through it, it restarted and did the same thing. Now 3 days later, it's still in that process where it installs updates, goes to system repair, restarts and starts again.

I tried interrupting it and doing a System Restore, but even at the earliest date on it, it goes right back to that repetitive process. Now I can't get to any of my files or anything else on there. I'm stuck, and I need some help please!

A:Updates fail, System Repair fails, System Restore won't work

Hello, and welcome . try this please : Download: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Five Language Standalone (KB936330) - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details

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Can someone concisely explain the difference between creating a system image versus a system recovery disc?

Recently in our office a colleague's computer had a "meltdown". I will create another thread with questions concerning that. I understand that it depends on what causes the "meltdown" but I would like to know the best method in which to "fix" these problems in the future.

Any information would be greatly appreciated... thanks!!!

A:System Image vs. System Recovery Disc

A "system image" created by a disk backup program such as Macrium Reflect, Acronis True Image (and similar) will allow creating a full hard drive backup (all partitions if there are partitions) to a separate hard drive. With this method (what I use with Macrium Reflect) it will allow restoring the complete hard drive back to how it was when the last backup was created. This includes everything, the Operating System and installed programs and all user data.

Windows has a built in backup but its not as robust or full featured as 3rd party backup programs.

A "System Recovery" disc, in most cases (all that I've seen) will restore the PC to the original factory condition, but does not restore user installed programs or user data.

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Last night i closed my laptop without shutting it down. I woke up this morning and turned it on and it went to the system repair screen and ran through that. It says there are problems but they are not automatically repairable. I then tried to do the system restore to an earlier point in time and had one option for a couple days ago. I ran through that but it says there is an error and when i expand to see the error one of the things listed is no OS installed.

I have windows 7 64bit.

Does anyone here have any idea what might be the problem. I am very confused as to why it would say i dont have an OS installed but it is running through the system start up repair as well as listing a date that i could restore it back to.

I would really appreciate any input on this as i have a lot of data on that hard drive and i am really hoping its recoverable and not totally hosed.

I have not tried installing the hard drive into a new computer yet. I will try that a little later.

Once again, i appreciate any and all suggestions and help. Thanks.

A:System restore saying no OS is installed, system repair stuck in loop

Hi brian,

Try this on for size: Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery

How do you plan on running the laptop's harddrive on another computer?

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Gateway DX4720-03, Windows 7 HP 64-bit.

Living is south FL can be a bitch when the rains come as there often is a ton of accompanying lightening that plays havoc with the electrical system, even though I have surge protectors inside and outside the house. We just had some very heavy rains with lightening and my computer shut down several times, but I could restart it each time...except for the last time when Windows wouldn't startup. At that point, Start Up Repair came into play. Although I routinely backup on an external drive, of course I never did it this month-DUH!

Results from SUR were error free (error code=0x0) on all the parameters tested, however there were the following error codes reported:

"Unspecified change to the system configuration might have caused the problem."

Repair Action: System Restore
Failed: 0x1f

Repair Action: System Files
Failed: x490

There were more options to select for a recovery task, but I didn't try them as they didn't seem to be as salient as the two above..

As System Repair and System Restore failed, please advise what i should next do.

A:Windows won't startup, System Repair and System Restore failed.

What's the date of the most recent backup that you have?

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Office Version:Office 2003
Operating System:Windows 7

After a number of issues regarding my HP OfficeJet 7410 All-In-One problems (absolutely no help from HP by the way)...I decided to try a "System Repair". All went well but did not solve the HP software issues.

So I did a complete "System Restore" from the most recent image prior to the HP issues arising. Everything seemed to go well and the HP issues are resolved (or at least 99%)

But there is one issue with MS Office Word 2003. Upon startup I am getting the following pop-up error:

All other Office 2003 programs seem to be running fine ?
What is this and how can I fix it...tried general office repair but did not effect this ?

I tried both to unchecked them in safe mode...and/or also to remove them in safe mode...But...three of them are reinstalled in Word 2003 on regular start-up ?


Every time I either uncheck and/or "Remove" the addon...it's back upon restart ?

A:Problem with Word 2003 after system repair and system restore ?

Never mind....I found a post from last year in SevenForums that covered this and problem is solved !!


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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?

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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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

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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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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Yesterday I tried to do a system restore to fix a Flash Player problem but I did not have restore points going back as far I wanted. I only had 3 Scheduled system restore point going back to March 23rd and 8 restores points done by Revo and various Flash Player install/unsintall restore point created while trying to fix said problem. I thought those 8 restore points might have deleted older scheduled ones but my maximum space hasn't been reached yet and I did not turn off system restore.

From what I read online, I have a crazy amount of space allocated to shadow storage so I was curious as to why I did not have more system points to choose from. Any ideas? Is there anything that can delete restore point besides turn system restore off?
Used 33 GB
Allocated 35GB
Maximum 87GB

Also when I went to select the disk to restore it said
Partition_1(C:) (system) Ready to restore
(Partition_1(C:) The disk cannot be found
I have two disks Partition_1 (C:) and Recovery (D:) which is the factory restore stuff and is locked so I don?t create points for this one.

The Partition_1(C:) (Missing) shows in the available disks in system protection. Should I just uncheck it?

A:System Restore Disk Space Usage and System Recovery

Hello pineapplegrunt.

Do you regularly run programs such as CCLeaner and/or Disk Cleanup? It is possible to delete restore points with these tools (and other similar ones).

I believe your problem is that System Restore points are automatically deleted, by default, after 90 days.

I believe there are ways to change this, although from the top of my head I think you have to use a third party application (to do this easily). However, it is not really recommended to keep such long system restore points, if you want an image of your drive going that far back, you probably should look into creating a backup image or something and not relying on system restore.

Can I ask what your flash player problem is, have you been able to fix that?

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I'm not sure what it's going on with my laptop but I cannot do anything when trying to upgrade or reset or reinstall or even use the system recovery partition at all.
I have been using my Dell XPS 13 (9350) for a little over a year with no problems. I use the TB15 dock via USB-C to connect to my Dell P2715Q monitor. Recently I did a reset on my computer (late February) and that's when problems started popping up. I noticed that I would get this pop-up whenever I tried to connect to the dock
After selecting "Always Connect" to both options, it would trigger a BSOD. ALWAYS.

The error is SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED. According to what I researched, it is caused due to old or incompatible graphic card drivers. Even after I reinstalled the latest drivers for my dock, it didn't fix anything. So, after dealing with this annoyance longer than I could (over a month, I would just ignore the Approve Thunderbolt Devices window, I could mirror to my monitor but could not use any of the I/O ports on my dock), I decided to reset my computer once again.
This time I used the system recovery option so it would reset my computer to its factory image. After doing so, and once I logged in. I wanted to update to the latest Windows 10 build available.
The factory Windows 10 build that came pre-installed in my computer is Version 1511 (OS Build 10586.873). The latest Windows 10 build available as of today is 15063.
So I went to Settings > U... Read more

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Hi TechSpot,

When I boot up my base system, and proceed after completing the POST, I receive:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt

You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup CD-Rom. Select "r" at the first screen to start repair.Click to expand...

A great solution by the way is here

So, I proceed to rebooting and loading up my Windows XP Professional w/o SP disc, and loading the Recovery Console. However, when I come to select the Windows installation (1), after I type 1 and hit enter (lots of times), nothing happens, it's like my system locks up.

So, I thought I'd try a complete fresh install from the disc, but when the installer gets to the "Searching for previous versions of Microsoft Windows" it just stops here, and locks up once again.

Now, I begin to think that means my Western Digitial Caviar 160GB SATA hard disk has failed, since this all started from a hard shutdown .. the system was instructed to shutdown through Windows, but was taking longer than usual, so I used the case power button to shutdown at the same time (corrupted files..) next day, I receive the quoted error message.

Now I have messed about with ideas, but seem to get stuck when it comes to writing or deleting things from the hard disk.

What I've done:
- Attached an old Maxtor IDE hard disk to my base system, which BSOD's when I t... Read more

A:Config\System Missing - System Restore from Recovery Console HELP!

Repair isn't Recovery and vice-versa.


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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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Hi, i am trying to use system restore at the system repair screen, but it asks me for the drivers. So I put my windows 7 cd in and am not sure which drivers to use or where they would be!! Please help guys.

Also the reason I am doing this is i installed an icon pack and when I restarted my logon screen no longer had the password box or account picture so im stuck.

A:Trying to use system restore in system repair screen

Hello Chem1st, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Do you have your hard drives setup in RAID configuration? If so, then you will need to select and load your RAID drivers at this point. Usually from a USB flash drive.

System Restore

Hope this helps some,

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The other day I was trying to figure out what coral paintshop pro meant by security key, so I googled it. Something popped up and asked me if I wanted to download, and I wanted to say no, but my laptop's mouse is too sensitive at times, so I accidentally clicked yes. My computer automatically shut down right after that. Every time I turn it on now, it goes straight into System Repair and it doesn't work, it says it cannot repair. I've tried System Restore, but since that doesn't get rid of the documents that have been downloaded, it isn't helping either. My computer won't even let me enter any form of Safe Mode, it just goes straight back to System Repair. Please help me. My Aunt got me this laptop for my High School graduation and I cannot afford to have someone fix my computer right now.

A:System Repair/System Restore not working

Does the computer come with system repair disks? Or even better, does it come with a Windows disk?

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I would appreciate some advice on what to next please. I can muddle my way through on the computer so will try to be as clear as I can.

I have an HP desktop computer running Windows Vista 32bit and my security is Avast free. For the past two weeks when I start the computer I get a black screen which then does a system repair then a system restore and only then can I get to the log-in page. Today I started in safe mode tried to do a system restore but the Microsoft system recovery page popped up so I gave up. I have done a full scan with Malaware Bytes which was clear and done a disk check which showed no problems.

I have stopped Windows updates in case they are causing the problem so I'm now at a a loss as to what to try next.

Thank you.


A:System repair and System Restore every morning.

Hopefully, your problem is limited to software, if so, we may be able to fix it. Lets start with an SFC scan, if errors are found, run 3 times. If you still have unrepaired errors post back for the next step.
System Files - SFC Command

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