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  1. Posts : 582
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    Bootable media question


    I watched a video about restoring pc after windows repair could not fix. It said to put in bootable usb and there is a selection called "repair pc" or words to that effect. Is that true? Thanks.
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  2. Posts : 18,428
    Windows 11 Pro
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    Yes, but it very seldom works.
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  3. Posts : 2,134
    Windows 11 Pro (latest update ... forever anal)
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    Anecdotally, and from personal experience, I've never had any confidence in any of the 3 R's - repair, recover and/or restore. Can be a bit of a lottery choosing the most appropriate for a given circumstance, and then whether the chosen option - right or wrong - will work anyway.

    Best method
    - regularly create images with either/both Macrium Reflect and/or AOMEI Backupper (both freeware)
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  4. Posts : 582
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    Thread Starter
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    Thanks for info. Not too encouraging - that method.

    I do have a Macrium backup and would like to restore but when I go to f12, the macrium boot usb does not appear. If I can't get to that I can't restore. Am at an impasse it would appear. Any suggestions?
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  5. Posts : 2,134
    Windows 11 Pro (latest update ... forever anal)
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    patriceltic said:
    I do have a Macrium backup and would like to restore but when I go to f12, the macrium boot usb does not appear
    Do the other boot options appear, or nothing at all ?
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  6. Posts : 42,870
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #6

    1. Please confirm you created a bootable Macrium drive from Macrium itself.
    2. Can you boot from any other bootable installation drive?

    Here's how with your Dell:
    https://www.dell.com/support/manuals...a9d&lang=en-us

    Steps 4,5,6 - but with the Macrium boot drive you created of course. (Ignore the stuff about updating the BIOS in that link)
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  7. Posts : 6,282
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
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    patriceltic said:
    I watched a video about restoring pc after windows repair could not fix. It said to put in bootable usb and there is a selection called "repair pc" or words to that effect. Is that true? Thanks.
    22h2
    With a Win 10 installation iso or a Win 10 installation USB drive you can do a Repair Install
    It will replace Windows keeping your programs and data.
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  8. Posts : 18,428
    Windows 11 Pro
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    Megahertz said:
    With a Win 10 installation iso or a Win 10 installation USB drive you can do a Repair Install
    It will replace Windows keeping your programs and data.
    You can't do a repair install if you can't boot into your installed Windows.
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  9. Posts : 582
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    Thanks for clarification - "cannot do repair w/o being in windows."

    I have tried 3 times to upload what I see at f12 - just won't post. Anyway at f12 I see boot mode is set to uefi - secure boot is on - windows boot manager - then the regular lines that follow that --other options -- bios setup -- and so on.

    I have never had a problem getting to the Macrium boot usb but for some reason - just can't get there with this recent crash. Could I get an opinion - a no fault opinion.

    This Dell is going on 4 years old. I really like it but maybe it's time has come. I hesitate to give it up as it passes all the Dell diagnostics without a problem. I know 10 is going away at the end of '25 and then I will have to get 11. But that's still a little ways off.

    If I can get to the usb iso, maybe I should just start over - whaddya think?

    - - - Updated - - -

    Regarding can I get to any other bootable drive - yes I just got to the ISO usb. So I can do a clean install of windows wnd then hopefully do a restore from my Macrium. I did this just a little while ago. Then something happened - kept getting bsod.s -- memory management, and unexpected store exception. I was going to fix those when the crash and no boot occured.
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  10. Posts : 42,870
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #10

    kept getting bsod.s -- memory management, and unexpected store exception.
    From what you're describing I'd think you've some kind of hardware fault.

    I suggest you run disk checks in the usual way, RAM checks, Dell diagnostics etc- try booting your PC from a live boot disk and see if it runs stably then.
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