Load Browser/Restore Win10 from Imaged Backup

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  1. Posts : 9
    Wind 10
       #1

    Load Browser/Restore Win10 from Imaged Backup


    Is there a way to load an application (Chrome browser) directly from an imaged backup of C: drive? Or even better, to restore an image of (an unbootable) Win10 entirely?

    Background:
    My laptop previously couldnít boot-up due to a failed Win10 auto-update. After various unsuccessful repair, I gave up and re-installed Win10 from scratch. Before re-installing, I took an image of my old system (i.e. bad copy with boot failure).

    Recently, I tried to login to an old Gmail account, but it doesnít recognize me anymore (browser/IP combination?) and prompted me with a security question I set 10+ years agoÖ I canít remember the answer since itís never been requested in recent years.

    As my IP should be the same/similar, Iím hoping if I use the same old Chrome version, Gmail will recognize me again.

    So is there a way to load the old Chrome directly from the imaged backup?

    Also now that Iíve re-installed Win10 and resolved the boot error, is there a way to the restore my old system into the new Win10? i.e. a Frankenstein version where the OS is the new Win10, but with my old files, applications etc. directly restored/ported in.

    Many thanks for your help, really desperate as I have important stuff in the old Gmail.
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  2. Posts : 1,728
    Windows 10 Pro x64 22H2
       #2

    What you're looking for is to copy chrome profile directory from your old system, but I suspect that image backup made a backup of that.

    I'm not sure if restoring a profile would also restore your session but since you're desperate and forgot your security questions that's the only way to attempt it.

    Btw. the most easy way is to contact google directly and tell them to send you SMS to your phone instead, that's how I restored my old google account because I also forgot security questions.

    For more info see:
    Chromium Docs - User Data Directory
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  3. Posts : 9
    Wind 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks, but's I think it's more than just copying the user profile as I need the exact old Chrome version as well?

    (Unfortunately I don't have a recovery mobile/email on the old Gmail account, so the security question is the only way. Won't let me "recover account" too, although read that using old browser might help too, so trying this.)
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  4. Posts : 1,728
    Windows 10 Pro x64 22H2
       #4

    Chrome version does not matter, and I'm pretty sure there is no way to restore it from failed system easily.

    If your google account doesn't have mail or phone recovery options then you should ask google to challenge you with questions about your email.
    They will ask you about contents about your email which you should precisely answer.
    They will also ask you about your last login time and your password history etc., all of which you should be able to answer.
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  5. Posts : 9
    Wind 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    From what I read and can also see in my other Gmail account, browser version is being recorded? And if not, then I'm in trouble because the only other variable (IP address) should be the same...

    How do I get Google to challenge me? I would love that or be able to speak to a real human, as I can definitely provide enough information/history about the account or emails to verify myself as the owner. But what I read is that the automated "account recovery" form is the only way, and so far it's not allowing me to proceed further (although suggested using another familiar device may help)
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  6. Posts : 1,728
    Windows 10 Pro x64 22H2
       #6

    I've taken a look but it appears google account recovery has changed from last time I had trouble, but I do remember having a talk with real person trough challenge questions.
    What is most important that you do not force guessing a password because this will look like hacking attempt and may lock up your account completely making your user data backup no longer working if you have it.
    Perhaps there is a way to contact google but I don't find it now.

    Do you have user data backup or not?
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  7. Posts : 9
    Wind 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Sorry what do you mean by user data backup? I have my password, but because I'm seen as logging in from a new device/browser, it's prompting me for an extra security verification, of which the only one on file is that ancient security question...

    I have been trying to guess my answer to the old security question, and even answers which should be correct were rejected so I am quite concerned I'm going to be locked out completely at this rate... already experienced cooldown/waiting periods between I'm allowed to try again.

    Hence why I want to find a way to just restore my old browser/system.
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  8. Posts : 1,728
    Windows 10 Pro x64 22H2
       #8

    masedud said:
    Sorry what do you mean by user data backup?
    You said to have a system backup didn't you?
    And I posted you a link to docs on how to restore user data, so what are you waiting?

    Also how is it possible that you don't have your phone (or alternative mail) linked to google account since creating a google account is not possible without a phone?
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  9. Posts : 9
    Wind 10
    Thread Starter
       #9

    It's a very old Gmail account where recovery email/mobile was not compulsory, hence also why security question as I read that feature has actually been disable years ago.

    I can access the user profile directory, but as mentioned from all I've read about Gmail account recovery, it's prompting me with extra security verification because I'm on an unfamiliar device/browser combination, hence what I need is to load the old Chrome version (with long version number) and not just the user profile.
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  10. Posts : 1,728
    Windows 10 Pro x64 22H2
       #10

    masedud said:
    I can access the user profile directory, but as mentioned from all I've read about Gmail account recovery, it's prompting me with extra security verification because I'm on an unfamiliar device/browser combination, hence what I need is to load the old Chrome version (with long version number) and not just the user profile.
    To my knowledge "unfamiliar device" means that your old session is gone, which is stored in chrome user profile.
    This has nothing to do with web browser version or the actual hardware you're running.

    If you want to attempt at resolving this then copy your old chrome profile to new one, otherwise good luck in getting in contact with google.
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