Windows 10: Using WindowsImageBackup with Windows 10
Using WindowsImageBackup with Windows 10
Hi all, I'm pulling my hair out over this.
I want to use a system image to set up several laptops with the same image. In W7, this was easy: use a bootable USB, repair your computer, swap out the USB with your drive that contains the image, and restore.
In W10, I'm using shift+restart to get to the advanced boot options, troubleshoot, use system image recovery. I follow the steps to get to browse for my image, but then the message appears: you must use an installation disc or system recovery disc. Well, you cannot get to system image recovery from a boot disc, and I've tried making a recovery disc on several different machines and they all fail.
Hi, you might find that ever so much easier if you use Macrium Reflect (free) and its Windows Backup option.
That's assuming all the laptops are precisely identical of course. I would ask how useful it is to do that, though.
I'm not sure what happens about activation- you would need a separate license for each PC, or Win 10 to have already been installed on them and activated. And that assumes there is nothing else installed whose license terms would be invalidated.
You can access system recovery from Win 10 installation media.
I have used Macrium in the past and like it, but these laptops have M2 drives so I don't have a cable for that.
How do I get to the repair your computer options from the install disc?
Hi, a cable for ... what? A USB cable? You could back up to network storage if you cannot connect USB drives.
But the ability to boot from external media- DVD/flash drive/USB HDD.... is essential for recovery.
Win 10 install media recovery? Insert and boot the Win 10 disk/flash drive... respond to the first prompt and click 'Repair my computer'.
If you use Macrium Reflect Free to create backup images, you can create a boot entry to boot from Macrium in winpe mode without even needing an external usb flash drive or dvd (except when windows is badly corrupted or hdd/ssd has failed).
After producing a WidowsImageBackup and a Repair disk for my Windows 10 system I went back to Windows 7 with help of an earlier taken SystemImageBackup. No problems. (I did so because of lacking device support for my display in Windows 10)
I am trying to restore a WindowsImageBackup file that I had created before sending my laptop in to HP for repairs. I am running Windows 10 and the backup was created using Windows 10 as well on my external Seagate FreeAgent Go hard drive....