Windows 10: System Image and Boot Manager

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  1.    21 Nov 2017 #1

    System Image and Boot Manager


    i'm having two issues.

    i created a system image. windows can't find it when i tried to load it. i've done 3 things since i created the image. i marked the systemimagebackup folder as hidden. i moved it to another folder. i shrank the size of the drive the image was created from and extended the drive size where the image was stored. i did some reading and found out you can't have the image in another folder it has to be in the root directory. i moved it back to the root directory and un-hidden the systemimagebackup folder. windows still can't detect the system image. i never renamed anything. did i wreck my system image by marking it as hidden or resizing my drive?

    my other issue is i installed a second drive in my system, installed windows on it, and removed it from my computer. when i turn on my computer instead of booting to desktop i now get a boot manager screen that asks me which windows i want to boot. the drive i removed is listed as the first drive in boot manager and windows fails to load cause it's trying to boot the wrong drive. i did check the bios and the drive that was removed is no longer listed in the boot order. is there a way to do 1 of these 3 options......

    - skip the boot manager screen and boot straight to the drive?
    - remove the uninstalled drive that's listed in the boot manager?
    - make the boot manager automatically boot the drive that i want?
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  2.    21 Nov 2017 #2

    Regarding the system image problem - that's why we recommend using Macrium Reflect Free instead of Windows built-in imaging.

    In regards to the second boot manager issue, click Win + R and run msconfig
    Click on the boot tab. Highlight the entry for the non-existent Windows installation and delete it.
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  3.    21 Nov 2017 #3

    my computer now boots normally, thank you.

    i have read many threads recommending using a third part problem instead of windows. i even read one that said the third party program loaded the image windows failed to detect. i'm sure another program probably has it's advantages. but the truth is i've been using windows image backup for years and never had issue. i don't really want to install a third party program buy a disc and have it laying around my house. the reason it's not working is probably my own fault and windows just wants to be a stubborn B. if i have to re-install everything on my next reload i guess i'll just have to do that but if there is a way to make windows detect this image that would be wonderful.
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  4.    21 Nov 2017 #4

    Microsoft recommends that you use another program:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...ll-creators-up

    System Image Backup (SIB) Solution
    We recommend that users use full-disk backup solutions from other vendors.
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  5.    21 Nov 2017 #5

    lol well that blows. now i have to consider if i want to keep using it until they remove it (if they remove it) or use third party software. if anybody has any suggestions to salvage my current image that would be appreciated.
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  6.    21 Nov 2017 #6

    misterdean said: View Post
    lol well that blows. now i have to consider if i want to keep using it until they remove it (if they remove it) or use third party software. if anybody has any suggestions to salvage my current image that would be appreciated.
    @Bree....where are you?
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  7.    21 Nov 2017 #7

    misterdean said: View Post
    lol well that blows. now i have to consider if i want to keep using it until they remove it (if they remove it) or use third party software. if anybody has any suggestions to salvage my current image that would be appreciated.
    Why bother - just use Macrium Reflect and make an up-to-date backup?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8.    21 Nov 2017 #8

    i don't want a current image. i've already started downloading and installing stuff. i only make images after a fresh install.
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  9.    21 Nov 2017 #9

    misterdean said: View Post
    i don't want a current image. i've already started downloading and installing stuff. i only make images after a fresh install.
    This does not make sense, now you are reinstalling.

    Regulars will tell you to regularly update your image anyway. If not, you will end up having to reinstall updates. You should always update just before AND after build upgrades. You will save yourself massive grief later if things go wrong.

    Macrium Reflect Free has a feature called differential backups.

    A good strategy is to a full backup monthly, but do differentials weekly (say). That way you are never more than a week out of date when you restore image.
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  10.    21 Nov 2017 #10

    i have no interest in monthly backups. i'm not making images to backup data. i use them to quickly restore my computer to day 1 without having to go through the install/update/driver/programs/settings process.
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