How to recover W10 files as is/was (v10.0.18363)


  1. Posts : 12
    W10 Pro (Official fro MS)
       #1

    How to recover W10 files as is/was (v10.0.18363)


    I have three hard drives, namely C, D, and E.
    Having changed from W7 to W10 not too long ago, l'm still trying to get to grips with W10.
    It's got its good points thus far, but its backup and restore is totally baffling me.
    Have got W10 backups going, which seems to save it into a file called "file history" onto my D Drive.

    Hypothetically, my system has just now crashed. I switch on the computer and there is nothing there.
    Cannot boot from any iso backup (unlike W7) because l do not have anything!
    So what do l do now?

    Any ideas will be helpful. I'm not adverse to installing "extra" packages but surely W10 should have something in place.
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  2. Golden's Avatar
    Posts : 1,635
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #2

    Macrium Reflect is the tool you want, and recommended by many here.

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect
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  3. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 7,424
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.868
       #3

    willythecat said:
    Cannot boot from any iso backup (unlike W7) because l do not have anything!
    Get an ISO and make your own installation USB
    Download Windows 10 ISO file from Microsoft ["Media creation tool"] - TenForumsTutorials
    Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 - TenForumsTutorials

    Denis
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  4. Pejole2165's Avatar
    Posts : 746
    Windows 10 Pro 1909
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    As other above have said, create your Windows USB/ DVD using Microsoft media Creation Tool or download the Windows 10 ISO and create your media that way, either way gives you bootable media for re installation, repair install, upgrade options.
    further to that, when you upgraded to Windows 10 it should have created a recovery partition (this is not the same as a manufacturers system restore partition) which should allow you to recover/ repair an install gone bad, it is also possible to uninstall a bad/ problematic update at startup should you need to.
    Macrium Reflect Free is used and recommended by a lot of this forums users (other apps are available providing similar functions), the Macrium created boot USB/ DVd is very useful not just for restoring an image but also for troubleshooting, and you can mount an image as a virtual drive to pull specific files/ folders out if needed, there are really good tutorials here for using Macrium.
    It is ideal for creating images of important partitions, the Windows partitions (those needed for startup) and includes file and folder backup facilities (the paid for version has the most comprehensive features), at least I think the free version has some file/ folder backup, don't actually need that feature myself as all data is stored on a seperate physical disk and backed up with drag and drop.
    So there are plenty of options without having to pay for solutions and of course these forums have some excellent tutorials on backing up your data and OS, with plenty of suggestions from other users.
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  5. Berton's Avatar
    Posts : 10,506
    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
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    I used the MCT yesterday on 2 computers at the same time, one was to get the .iso file used to create the DVD and the other used to create the Bootable USB Thumb drive, the USB took only about 20 minutes longer but that's pretty much typical when writing to external drives. I get the third choice on the download page of both x86 and x64 versions at the same time, never know ahead of time which version I will need with a client.
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  6. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 7,424
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.868
       #6

    Willy,

    Pejole2165 said:
    Macrium Reflect Free is used and recommended by a lot of this forums users (other apps are available providing similar functions), the Macrium created boot USB/ DVd is very useful not just for restoring an image but also for troubleshooting, and you can mount an image as a virtual drive to pull specific files/ folders out if needed, there are really good tutorials here for using Macrium.
    It is ideal for creating images of important partitions, the Windows partitions (those needed for startup) ... and of course these forums have some excellent tutorials on backing up your ... OS, with plenty of suggestions from other users.
    There are various utilities for making system images. I use Acronis True Image. As Golden said, Macrium Reflect Free is often recommended in this forum and there is plenty of help available here for it.
    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect - TenForumsTutorials
    Macrium Software Macrium Reflect Free
    Macrium USB - TenForums
    Macrium Reflect KnowledgeBase - user guide [version-independent link]
    I make a new system image at least before every Windows Cumulative Update i.e. at least monthly.

    And do consider using Backup and Restore Device Drivers - TenForumsTutorials

    Denis
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