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  1.    03 Jul 2017 #41
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    Arnold, MD
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    @doncole

    Don, good morning.

    Let's back off just a little bit to clarify some things. The Macrium Premium Trial you have is not going to just go poof and disappear. It will revert to the Free Edition, which is more than adequate for making and restoring images. Including making and using a Rescue Thumb drive. There is no time panic to get something done before it expires.

    Your thread has jumped around from pre-installed 8.1, to an upgrade to AU, to restore points, to partitions, to sticky keys, to bootable images..... basically all over the place.

    Let's set aside, for the moment, all the other things and concentrate on the Backup that you can make and restore if necessary.

    First, the Macrium process of creating a backup does not create an image that is "bootable". It is simply a 1:1 exact copy of your operating system, your files, and supporting partitions. One big data file of exactly what your system looks like at that time. That is generally done to an external HDD spinner drive, like a USB 1TB drive you can hook up for the backup then remove for safe keeping.

    The Macrium Rescue Thumb Drive (or DVD if you prefer) is used to boot from and restore the image from the external drive. Boot the thumb, find the image, restore. Restart the system and you are back to exactly where you were at the time the image was made. Forget Restore Points, they are not image backups. They do not backup all your files, etc.




    I need to add, and please, this is for information purposes only, there is, technically, a way to create a bootable system from a Macrium backup. But, it is not something you even want to know about right now. I mention it only in case it comes up in future posts. It is NOT something you want to contemplate now. It is NOT straight forward. With that said, tuck that info away and forget it.





    One thing at a time.

    If this is your understanding of the current goal, please say so. If it is not, then we'll try something else.

    Thanks, TC
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  2.    05 Jul 2017 #42
    Join Date : Aug 2016
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    Quote Originally Posted by f14tomcat View Post
    @doncole

    Let's back off just a little bit to clarify some things. The Macrium Premium Trial you have is not going to just go poof and disappear. It will revert to the Free Edition, which is more than adequate for making and restoring images. Including making and using a Rescue Thumb drive. There is no time panic to get something done before it expires.
    Wow!!! That takes a lot pressure off.

    My original goal was to restore my computer back to the way it was before that last upgrade.

    I pushed my Restore Points out of the way when I download Macrium Reflect. I can't find the Windows.old file. So assuming there is no I can revert back, the discussion about Restore Points is mute.

    *Hold on I just found a Windows.old from 8/1/2016 in an old USB.

    What do I do with?
    Can I set it back if I don't like it?

    Forget the rest of this post for now. I'd rather work on this right now.

    As as reverting back to 8.1, the only safe way to do it (for me) is with 2 computers. When I first installed the free Windows 10 upgrade something didn't work. (I forgot what.) I had to take the computer to some computer lady and she had to install a driver before it worked. During all this time I couldn't use this computer. So if I reinstall 8.1 it's probably not going work right from get go.

    So forget that discussion. I can't take chance on the computer being down before August.

    I know it's too late for Macrium Reflect to help me with this project.

    However now that I have it. I might as well use it before there's another disturbing Upgrade.

    So I would I would like change the focus of this thread to getting Macrium Reflect to work.

    I that re guard, no matter what I can't find the posted screenshot screen.

    Thanks again,

    Don Cole
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  3.    05 Jul 2017 #43
    Join Date : Oct 2014
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    Quote Originally Posted by doncole View Post
    Wow!!! That takes a lot pressure off.

    My original goal was to restore my computer back to the way it was before that last upgrade.

    I pushed my Restore Points out of the way when I download Macrium Reflect. I can't find the Windows.old file. So assuming there is no I can revert back, the discussion about Restore Points is mute.

    *Hold on I just found a Windows.old from 8/1/2016 in an old USB.

    What do I do with?
    Can I set it back if I don't like it?

    Forget the rest of this post for now. I'd rather work on this right now.

    As as reverting back to 8.1, the only safe way to do it (for me) is with 2 computers. When I first installed the free Windows 10 upgrade something didn't work. (I forgot what.) I had to take the computer to some computer lady and she had to install a driver before it worked. During all this time I couldn't use this computer. So if I reinstall 8.1 it's probably not going work right from get go.

    So forget that discussion. I can't take chance on the computer being down before August.

    I know it's too late for Macrium Reflect to help me with this project.

    However now that I have it. I might as well use it before there's another disturbing Upgrade.

    So I would I would like change the focus of this thread to getting Macrium Reflect to work.

    I that re guard, no matter what I can't find the posted screenshot screen.

    Thanks again,

    Don Cole
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    Don, there is a minor assumption taken in the tutorial that you probably have UAC (User Account Control) turned on.

    If you do not, you will never see that screen. Perhaps the highlighted line below should read:

    If you receive a UAC prompt, accept it.

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    As far as the Windows.old folder you found from 8/01/16.....I wouldn't touch that with a ten foot pole! Based on that date, it looks suspiciously like the backup of Windows from the 8.1 > Windows 10 Anniversary Update. I can't imagine what Win 10 Recovery would do with a year old 8.1.



    Far as the Macrium is concerned, looks like you're at the point in the tutorial where you make the Rescue Media.

    Carry on!

    TC
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  4.    12 Jul 2017 #44
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    I've been using 8GB flash drives because the local stores were "almost giving them away". I created and have used a few usb boot sticks to restore a full OS partition image, made earlier onto my external 1TB hard-drive, back onto my C, OS, partition.
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