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  1.    09 Sep 2016 #11
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    The latest Macrium Reflect Free installer is ~45 MB.

    The WAIK or WADK downloads required to create the Macrium Recovery disc are much larger (up to ~1.7 GB).
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  2.    09 Sep 2016 #12
    Join Date : May 2016
    Massachusetts
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    @Alphaheat in my post #6 I was just trying to ensure creating a system image backup with it's appropriate rescue media. I would like to add the following: once you create a system image backup and it's rescue media, test it out to ensure it works. Then have a schedule that suits you to keep them up either automatically or manually: as a simple computer user I do mine manually on a monthly basis.
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  3.    10 Sep 2016 #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by MeAndMyComputer View Post
    @Alphaheat in my post #6 I was just trying to ensure creating a system image backup with it's appropriate rescue media. I would like to add the following: once you create a system image backup and it's rescue media, test it out to ensure it works. Then have a schedule that suits you to keep them up either automatically or manually: as a simple computer user I do mine manually on a monthly basis.
    Yeah I never bothered to create a system image back up.

    I ended up doing a clean install of Windows 10 so its like starting on a fresh slate.

    From now on, I'll do monthly system image back ups. It should save me the trouble if something goes wrong again.

    Now I just need to find a really good program that does it. Many people have said 3rd party programs are better and more reliable. A few people above me suggested some so I'll check those out.
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  4.    10 Sep 2016 #14
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    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)

    When you do your clean install, I would make a system image backup of the clean install immediately after Windows 10 is started, again when you have updated the drivers and again when you have installed your programs. That way you have some 'clean' backups to use in the event of serious problems.
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  5.    10 Sep 2016 #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve C View Post
    When you do your clean install, I would make a system image backup of the clean install immediately after Windows 10 is started, again when you have updated the drivers and again when you have installed your programs. That way you have some 'clean' backups to use in the event of serious problems.
    Yeah I'm currently updating all my drivers and making sure everything is working before I do.

    Unfortunately, I ran into some problems with the menu not opening and not being able to search for programs. Really frustrating because this happened right after a clean install....

    I'm making a new topic to address this.
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  6.    10 Sep 2016 #16
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    Massachusetts
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    On third party programs I am a fan of Macrium Reflect which has already been mentioned. The reason third party programs are better is because they have more capabilities but I have nothing against the built-in system image backups as none of them have failed on me either. I have volunteered for quite a few years at a couple of non-profit organizations and my usual advice is: select a backup program but test it once it's completed. I've literally seen tears in people's eyes when they lost their data because they don't want to bother backing up their system, especially their data. I carry a portable external hard drive and show them how easy it is to encourage them to purchase an external hard drive and maintain a scheduled backup but most of the time it doesn't matter to them. I could go on and on but I think you know what I mean.
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  7.    10 Sep 2016 #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alphaheat View Post
    Yeah I'm currently updating all my drivers and making sure everything is working before I do.

    Unfortunately, I ran into some problems with the menu not opening and not being able to search for programs. Really frustrating because this happened right after a clean install....

    I'm making a new topic to address this.
    You shouldn't have to update your drivers after installing Win 10 - your main drivers needed for your PC (as compared with, say, a driver for a scanner) are looked after by Windows. Note: The use of driver scanning programs is actively discouraged here- although I would use one in exceptional circumstances.

    When you first installed Windows, did your start menu open? And could you search then?

    See e.g.
    Solved Anniversary Update: Search not working properly - Windows 10 Forums
    It's often worth searching before posting.
    I searched the forum for
    anniversary upgrade cannot search

    You could see if anything already solved helps you.
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  8.    10 Sep 2016 #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    You shouldn't have to update your drivers after installing Win 10 - your main drivers needed for your PC (as compared with, say, a driver for a scanner) are looked after by Windows. Note: The use of driver scanning programs is actively discouraged here- although I would use one in exceptional circumstances.

    When you first installed Windows, did your start menu open? And could you search then?

    See e.g.
    Solved Anniversary Update: Search not working properly - Windows 10 Forums
    It's often worth searching before posting.
    I searched the forum for
    anniversary upgrade cannot search

    You could see if anything already solved helps you.
    To summarize,

    I did a fresh install of Windows 10 and afterwards, I updated Windows to the Anniversary Update and that seems to solve the my problems.

    So far I haven't had any problems with the Anniversary Update so I would call this a success in my book.

    I appreciate the help from you all.
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  9.    10 Sep 2016 #19
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    Good to hear that.. hope it continues!
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