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Solved Restoring from a WindowsImageBackup

December 3, 2009 at 07:30:52
Specs: Windows 7

I am having a nightmarish time trying to restore
my Windows 7 to a previous restore point that is
saved on a portable drive. I just want all my old
files and programs back. Is there any hope????

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✔ Best Answer
December 4, 2009 at 15:30:03

http://www.petri.co.il/restore-wind...

Now if when you boot to dvd it can't find the drive you may need to apply drivers (don't think so but might) It should allow you to browse to a usb device and do a restore. I know I played with it before and it does mount usb devices.

The normal boot restore is simply files. I think you have to select advanced to get the image. The DVD is the best way to run an image restore though.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)



#1
December 3, 2009 at 09:24:23

restore points don't contain programs or files except for the system ones.

A full backup contains those.


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#2
December 3, 2009 at 09:30:27

Will the programs and setting be contained within the
WindowsImageBackup ???? I have it stored on a portable drive,
but can't use it from the System Restore Control Panel.

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#3
December 3, 2009 at 11:24:40

You use backup and restore. Hopefully this will help

http://www.petri.co.il/working-with...


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#4
December 3, 2009 at 12:10:45

This also may be what you are looking for...

Restoring Windows 7 from a Backup System Image

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#5
December 3, 2009 at 12:33:34

Well, I found and read the article. All sounds good, but for some
reason Windows isn't finding my WindowsImageBackup. I have it
saved on an iOmega drive. I know it is there, and that the image
is there. It's a 33GB file. It's just got me super confused.

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#6
December 3, 2009 at 12:48:57

Double click on that file and see if it open in the correct program.

Might have to boot to dvd and do that also but I don't think so.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#7
December 3, 2009 at 12:59:14

I can open the folder the WindowsImageBackup is in but it just
takes me through all of the different folders. I have copied the
WindowsImageBackup to my desktop, should I copy it to DVD's.
I was trying to avoid making 8 DVD's, that's why I saved the
image to my iOmega Drive. The thing is, now that I need it, it
isn't being recognized by Backup and Restore. I am not enjoying
Windows 7.

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#8
December 3, 2009 at 13:40:27

How did you saved the image to your Iomega drive?

Did you do that outside the Backup & Restore tool? If this is the case the tool application won't recognize it.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#9
December 3, 2009 at 13:54:22

I had an issue so I did a clean install. The backup and restore
points are from then forward. This is the reason why I saved the
WindowsImageBackup on my portable drive. Now I have the
image but I can't use it with Backup and Restore. I can't figure
out how to use it.

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#10
December 3, 2009 at 14:08:39

Correct me if I didn't get it right - the WindowsImageBackup was from a previous Win7 installation that no longer exist, correct?

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#11
December 3, 2009 at 14:11:28

Correct

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#12
December 3, 2009 at 14:44:07

If the WindowsImageBackup is not a full backup there is nothing you can do. The newly installed Win 7 backup & restore tool will not recognize restore points belonging to a former installation.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#13
December 3, 2009 at 14:49:01

Its a full backup, but it's just not from the current installation.

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#14
December 3, 2009 at 15:32:57

In the first place if there were issues with the last installation that forced you to re-install, why would you want to place that image back on the drive?

For that matter, why did you make the image if the installation was NG?

I haven't been using 7 for long so I am not familiar with the integrated backup features. Third party backup/imaging programs probably would have allowed you to do what you are attempting.


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#15
December 4, 2009 at 15:30:03
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http://www.petri.co.il/restore-wind...

Now if when you boot to dvd it can't find the drive you may need to apply drivers (don't think so but might) It should allow you to browse to a usb device and do a restore. I know I played with it before and it does mount usb devices.

The normal boot restore is simply files. I think you have to select advanced to get the image. The DVD is the best way to run an image restore though.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#16
December 10, 2009 at 14:41:54

Hi All
When you made the image of Win 7, did you create the repair CD in addition to the image? If so you have to start the computer from this CD to restore the image, if you didn't then make the disc and start the computer from that.
I know you have mentioned using the DVD, I'm assuming you refer to the installation disc. Trying to use the restore function from within Windows wont work, you have to use the repair CD.
You do realize this will restore completely, the original installation, together with any problems it had. Your current installation will be overwritten.

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