Using System Image To Restore Programs After Upgrade From 32 To 64-bit

Can i use windows system image to restore my programs after upgrade from windows 7 32 bit to 64 bit? I have read through a fair amount of the forum but can't seem to find a straight answer on this. I may be naive but i am looking at upgrading my 7 ultimate 32 bit to the 64 bit version and want to know if i can use the system image utility in windows back up to restore all my programs and files after the custom install necessary to get to 64bit. I don't have a lot of my serial numbers etc for programs i have purchased and it will be a hassle to get everything back on there.

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Restore From System Image

I have a hard disk with two partitions, one for my windows 7 installation and one for my media files. I want to make a system image of my windows partition only using the backup and restore feature in windows 7 (a backup of the files on the media partition would require more space than i currently have).

If i create a system image of the windows partition only and use it to restore to the the same hard disk that windows is currently installed on (which also contains a partition with my media files), will i lose the files on the media partition?

Posted On: 2010-03-16 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Restore Win 7 System Image From Old Hard Drive To New

I want to restore the windows 7 system image from my old hard drive to a new hard drive. I have placed the system image onto the a partition of the new hard drive that i have installed. I have named the new hard drive partitions f: where the system image is located and e: where i would like to restore the system image to. How do i proceed? I would like to do this using "recovery" instead of the repair dvd.

Posted On: 2009-12-10 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

System Image Restore When Size Of C: Drive Changed

I have so far have had great success in restoring from system image (as opposed from system restore) for my windows 7 ultimate x64. Some small clarifications:1. On day 1, i make a system image of c: os (windows 7 ultimate) and system reserved partition (100mb). Say on that day, the c: was 100 gb in total size. 2. On any day after that, i modify the c: partition size to something different from 100gb. This could be because i am reinstalling windows 7 and thought to change the partition size or want to change the partition sizes or any other reason. Say, the c: is now 90gb or 110 gb or whatever, but not 100gb which it was on the day i made the system image.

Suppose, i am not happy with the result or feel the need to abort this install, and go back to my system image. 3. Will system image restore now work, considering that the c: is no longer the same size as on the day the image was made?4. Finally, windows 7 makes a system image called 'windowsimagebackup' or something. Do subsequent imaging overwrite this completely if i choose the same external hard drive i made the first image from.

Second, i have seen that if i change the name of the image say to 'windowsimagebackup290510', windows system repair disk no longer recognizes it. What is the way out. I basically want one partition with different system images say 'windowsimagebackup290510', 'win. Backup050610' and so on. But windows 7 restoring has failed for me when i rename the image file?

Posted On: 2010-05-31 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Unable To Create System Image In Win 7 64-bit

I can not create a system image of my entire system and store the image on another hard-drive. I always get in internal error '0x80070424. I attempts to detect my other drives(also tried plugging in an external hdd) the i get presented with the internal error message. I don't under stand why i have just done a clean install.

The installation went with out a hitch.

Mobo' gigabyte x48t-dq6 with latest bios installed.
Core 2 duo quad core extrime  2. 6ghz cpu.
4gb ddr3 ram.
3* 500gb & 1* 1tb hdd's
Xfx gforce 295 1. 7gb ram
Xfi-platinum ed sound card
Standard dvd-rw

Posted On: 2010-01-09 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

System Image Recovery Can't Find System Image

I am trying to restore a backup system image to my repaired pc. It is wiped clean. I have the "repair disc windows 7 64 bit" that i created in windows 7. Using windows 7 backup i have a system image backup on an external wd essentials 1tb usb hard drive. I insert the repair disc and start the system. Get to system recovery options. I have the external hard disk with the system backup image connected. Select system image recovery option. Says "windows cannot find a system image on this computer. Attach the backup hard disk or insert the final dvd from a backup set and click retry. Alternatively, close this dialog for more options.

Retry gives me the same message. Tried starting with drive attached, not attached, same result. Click cancel. Next option selected is "select a system image. " No system image listed. Hit refresh, still nothing. Top of screen says "click advanced to add a network location or install a driver for a backup device if it does not show up in the list below. "  I click on the advanced tab.

Option to "search for a system image on the network" or "install a driver. " I select install a driver. Find the right driver for the wd essential hard drive (disk.sys and partmgr.sys) and when i click on them i get "the specified location does not contain information about your hardware. "  Click ok. Can't find how to load these drivers i am being asked for. Funny thing is that on the screen where i search for driver i can see the wd essential hard drive connected to the system. I can also see the system image files but when i click on them i get the same error message, "the specified location does not contain information about your hardware. "

Posted On: 2010-08-12 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Backup And Restore - Windows Can't Find Restore Image

I created an image backup with windows 7. It created a large vhd file and appeared to complete correctly. I copied the image to my thumb drive and tried to do a restore. I can find the thumb drive and browse it and all the files are there but if i try to do a restore it doesn't find the restore image. I also tried putting it on a network drive - it can't find it there even though i point it to the share it is in. I've tried using a restore cd, as well as installing windows and using the recovery in control panel.

The folder structure is as follows
Under that folder are three folders
Backup 2012-07-15 232717

It seems odd there is no obvious way to just say this is the vhd - right here in this folder - use it and restore.

Posted On: 2012-07-15 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Upgrade From 32-bit To 64-bit - Will I Lose Current Programs & Settings ?

I have installed 32 bit windows 7 and was wondering if i can/should go to the 64 bit version. My computer is 64 bit capable. If i upgrade will i loose all my current programs and settings?

Posted On: 2009-11-21 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

System Image Reports Two Boot Drives To Image

I have a sata (boot drive) and an ide drive in my win 7 pro 64 bit machine. Is there any way to remove the old boot partition on my ide from the list of drives to image w/ sys image? I can understand the c: part (sata/boot) and the "system reserved" but i don't want to image the d: part (1st part on old ide xp pro boot drive that has 84gb on it that i don't want to bkup). Funny thing is that the ide drive doesn't even show up on the boot sequence in bios. I really don't want to reformat in case something happens to my new sys i can still run xp on my old one (i lost my xp install disk).

I just want to leave it out of the sys image list. Theres no way to remove it from the list without reformatting the d: part. (Old boot drive)? Can i possibly make the d: part. Non bootable without running the xp installation on it and make it bootable again later?Maybeny help removing it from the list would be greatly appreciated! 

Posted On: 2010-06-26 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Will Upgrade Version Lose Programs, I Have On System ?

Built a system and put win7 beta on it to see if i like it which i do. My question is can i buy an upgrade version so as to not lose what programs i have on this system? If so which one do i need?

Posted On: 2009-11-11 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

System Fails To Restore To Restore Point Using Win 7

When i try to restore to a point i get a message that the restart failed and i should try turning off anti virus. I turn off the anti virus programs and still get a message that the restore failed.system fails to restore to a restore point using windows 7.

Posted On: 2010-01-04 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Image Restore

I upgraded my hdd from 60gb to 320gb. With the extra room i thought that i would dual boot ubuntu. After days of not getting it to work, i decided to just restore from my backup image, and use only windows. However, to my dismay, when i went to restore from the image, it saw the image and gave some error saying that the image was not found at the location. So, being one to tinker, i moved the folder to another directory, and made an empty folder called windowsimagebackup. Of course windows still couldn't find an image, so i moved everything back. However, now windows saw no image even though it was there.

Anyway, now i'm stuck with the image (a collection of .zip files) and seemingly now way to restore it (also, the mediaid. Bin file was accidentally replaced with an older one [oops. ]). Is there a way to manually restore from the zip files? All the data is there, so it seems there should be a way. If i don't get everything back, then i'll lose ms office 2007, which is my main concern. I no longer have the disk or code for it.

Posted On: 2010-01-24 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Upgrade From Vista 32-bit But Then Motherboard / Cpu System Fault

Vista 32bit upgrade to 7 32bit then (motherboard/intel cpu) system fault so replaced (motherboard/amd cpu). Now the hard drive had vista product key previously validated and the 7 upgrade key also validated previously. Both 32bit on the motherboard with intel cpu which had the system fault so do we consider a new motherboard to be a new computer?

Is a new cpu a new computer? Is new ram a new computer? It is still an asus motherboard different model works with amd cpu instead of intel cpu the ram is ddr3 instead of ddr2. The vista and 7 upgrade on the hard drive are 32 bit. I want 64 bit 7. Do i install vista 64 bit using 32 bit product key then upgrade it to 64 bit 7 or do i get an oem full windows 7 64 bit from the seller of the replacement motherboard and cpu and memory? 

Posted On: 2010-08-13 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

How To Restore A Previous Backup / Image?

Ok so i use some programs that were not compatible with windows 7 that came on my new computer. After upgrading to professional and trying xp mode (too slow) i decided to just downgrade to xp and deal with it. However. I didn't realize that all the drivers for my computer are not compatible with windows xp so nothing works. I need to go back to windows 7. I created a "backup disc" which i assumed would be sufficient if i did need to go back. However, when trying to "restore" it says that windows doesn't recognize the backup files or something like that. I assume because it wasn't out yet. So. With that, no factory discs how can i get 7 back on my computer with out buying something that i already had?

Posted On: 2010-06-13 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Restore Win 7 From A External Disk Image

I can't run a restore from external hard drive. The image i made is stored on an external hardrive that is connected to the computer via usb cable. But windows 7 wont let me use that image for restore. I use windows 7 ultimate edition. All the latest drivers are installed, and also the latest bios on my motherboard.

Posted On: 2010-02-16 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Image Restore To Smaller Partition Doesn't Work

I have a 500gb disk with one partition running windows 7. I want to put the windows 7 into a smaller partition so i can make other partitions with a different file system, and load other oss.

The disk has only 60gb used.

If i partition the disk into 100gb partitions, then do an image restore, all the partitions are gone and it's back to where it was before.

Is there a way to do this?

The 'shrink' option under disk management only will allow it to shrink to around 250gb . For some reason.

I'm hoping there's a way to do this without a full re-installation.

Posted On: 2010-03-12 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Failed System Image

I'm attempting to use the windows 7 back up and restore feature and get an error message during the creation of the system image:

     Windows backup encountered and error when accessing the remote shared folder. (0x8078015b)

     Additional information:
     The semaphore timeout period has expired. (0x80070079)

A backup without the system image works fine.

Posted On: 2010-01-05 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

System Image Recovery Stops

I had to send my laptop in for an rma, so i made a system image of my drives using the windows 7 backup utility. I have a single 250gb hard drive which is partitioned into two different drives. My c: had mostly windows 7 files and some programs while my d: had game installations and was used for general storage. When i received the laptop back (they just had to replace my dvd drive), i noticed they reformatted my hard drive and threw windows vista back on the thing, but the partitions still looked to be the same as before.

My system images were stored on a 1tb external drive, so i booted off of a windows 7 recovery cd and attempted to restore the c: and d: drives. After 13 minutes in the progress bar reaches about 1/3 of the way in. The hard drive activity light switches from always on to just flickering every couple seconds and no more progress is made. I've given it over an hour just sitting at this spot, but no matter how much time is given, the restore does not progress.

I've tried changing different options in the restore utility (only restoring one drive, formatting the drives to match the images and not), but no matter what i do, i get the same problem. I've also tried running the system image recovery from a windows 7 disk and from within windows 7 after a clean install. Does anyone have any suggestions? When i made the system image, i was told it was successful.

Posted On: 2010-08-28 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Create System Image Failed

Upgraded windows 7 home premium to ultimate using anytime upgrade. Tried to create system image on a second hard drive, and it failed with a message about not having enough disk space on the destination drive. Before starting the backup, i got a message that about 27gb would be needed. There is over 100gb of free space on the second hard drive. Tried again, this time saving to my networked shared drive, also with over 100gb free space. Same failure message. The system c: drive shows 52. 1gb free of 74. 4gb

Posted On: 2010-04-15 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Unable To Create The System Image

I have two acer slimline towers. One almost one year, the other just two weeks. I thought that finally i shoud create a system image. So far i was lucky and haven't lost anything but after the purchase of the second acer i became a little more concerned.

I purchased iomega 1tb external drive ntfs and tried to create the system image. On the older comp. I receive a message that the harddrive has not enough free space for creating the system image. The 1tb drive is empty. The newer comp. Will not even let me go to the same point. It tells me that "windows 7 backup stopped working". The next message gives me a choice to cancel or debug but nothing happens anyway. From reading several non-microsoft forums i assume that this is a serious problem and my concern is who will give me new windows if i loose the content of one or both of my computers when there is no longer hard copy of windows supplied. One comp is 32bit, the other is 64bit. Both have w& professional upgrade.

If i may add another question, the newer comp, the 64bit doesn't shut off properly. It takes 4 minutes at least. The older one with much more stuff in it shuts off immediately. I tried to stop services and startup programs but it doesn't help.

Posted On: 2010-04-18 . View Related Posts . . View 12 Replies .

Using System Image On A New Ssd Drive

I recently brought a new ssd disk because the old one was running out of space. Since i have created a system image i was of just restoring this to the new ssd disk but i have also brought some new ram as well and will install this too. Will this cause problems with using system image. Will it be better to do a fresh install?

Posted On: 2012-09-03 . View Related Posts . . View 12 Replies .

System Restore

My current pc came with vista preloaded. I did not receive a cd disk with it. Rather the manufacture had set up a recovery partition for me to restore the system. In addition, vista also gave me the option to make recovery disks which i did. If i upgrade to windows 7 and do a clean install will it give me that same one time option to create the recovery disk for my computer? 

Also, when i do install windows 7 will it give me the option to wipe my whole hard drive including the old recovery partition and allow me to create a new recovery partition? I realize that it is the manufacturer that has set up the recovery partition, and i have never had to do it for myself before, so i was wondering if that is some kind of option with windows 7 or if i am on my own to create a new one?       

Posted On: 2010-02-11 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Need To Restore System

I just finished restoring my system for the 10th time in the three months that i have owned this new windows 7 computer. For at least 10 times when i have been advised that the windows 7 operating system has been updated i am not able to get on the internet with the use of internet explorer. After restoring the system to a time before the most recent update i am once again able to get on the internet. Does anyone have any idea on how to stop the need for restoration after an update?

Posted On: 2010-04-22 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Why No System Restore?

A registry defragmentor program caused my sysem to not be able to boot. The system could not repair itself either. I also tried last known good configuration without results. I tried to do a system restore and had a number of restore points to choose from, but every one i chose gave me an exclamation mark and i could not put a check mark in the c windows box.

I was able to get my system back using another backup routine (image) i was using, but this backup was 3. 5 weeks old and i had 3 restore points for 3 days ago. So what might i do to get this working  in case a similar event happens and my system is unrepairable via the repair tool presented. Windows 7 home premium 64 bit.

Posted On: 2010-04-02 . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

Using System Image On Upgraded Hard Drive

I am trying to install a larger hard drive on my system and i want to use my burned system image on the new hard drive. My old hard drive is 150gb and the new drive is 500 gb. After using the system recovery mode to install the burned image on the new drive, this drive shows up as being 150 gb rather than 500 gb. I did not see any instructions on formatting the new drive before burning the image. I need help with rectifying this situation as i would like to have access to all 500 gb. I am running windows 7.

Posted On: 2010-02-04 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Restoring Win 7 System Image Backup

Can anyone tell me how to restore the computer back from a windows image back up. I saved the back up on an external drive and i see that in the external drive it has 2 vhd files  1 is restore and the other is complete image 107gb and i also see about 7-8 files marked xml.document. I tried may times to go into f8 and restore from that image and i get an error message no hardware found. I mounted the vhd on my laptop to see if everything is there and it is so. How to i restore it back from that image? I cant find any. Information on how to do this on microsoft website.

Posted On: 2010-07-09 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Problem Generating System Image Into Dvd+r

Try this :

Open services (click start and type in services. Msc) and scroll down to see if there is a " windows backup " service currently. If the service is present, you can try this before trying to repair (which i do not think will be succesful!)

Backup your whole registry before you try this

1) click start and type in regedit
2) click on hkey_local_machine
3) click on system and look for folders (i.e. Keys) named controlset. There is more than one.
4) look in each of the controlset - services folders for the "wbengine" folder. You may be missing "wbengine" in one or all of the folders but should have at least one folder with wbengine in there. You must get "wbengine" in all of the controlset folders including currentcontrolset. You cannot copy and paste keys in regedit

5) once you find a wbengine folder. Right-click on the folder and click export.
6) save the export file as wbenginefix. Reg to your desktop, or somewhere convenient.
7) go to your desktop and right-click on the file and click edit. The file will open in notepad.
8) look at the key location directly below "windows registry editor version 5. 00"
It should say:
[Hkey_local_machinesystemcontrolset001servicesw bengine]

9) in notepad, adjust the key location name to match the controlset folders with the missing wbengine folder (i.e.controlset, controlset001, controlset002, etc).
10) click save as and name the file wbengine1. Reg (or anything you want). Remember to type . Reg at the end or else it will save as a .txt file.
11) double click on the wbengine1. Reg file you just created and click ok to continue. You should get a message that the registry was successfully updated.
12) repeat step 7-11 for each controlset folder you have.
13) after all controlset folders are updated open regedit and confirm the wbengine is in all of the controlset folders.
14) restart, or logoff and on, and see if you have been succesful.
Registry edit disclaimer:
Important this section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the microsoft knowledge base:
322756 how to back up and restore the registry in windows :

To back up registry :

Hope it helped
Azeez nadeem - microsoft supporthi azeez , i have just purchased a dell inspiron with win 7 last week . While i was going to create system image on dvd+r the first day this computer was received , it kept on pop-up a box with message "label and insert a blank media bigger than 1gb . Please write the following label on blank media and insert it into e:" using the same disc number "1" despite numerous disc were inserted. This is exactly the same situation what tlee2microsoft had encountered, excepted that i don't need to power-down to cancel backup process.
After read through your solution above, "wbengine" file may be missing in some controlset folders. If i am not mistaken from step 13 , you want to make sure that "wbengine" is in all of the controlset folders. However , i find out that all my controlset folders " (ie controlset001 , controlset002 & currentcontrolset) already have "wbengine" file in it (with correct key location name matching the controlset folder). This mean that i am supposed to create system image to dvds with current registry of my computer , should your solution works .

Please advise if there is another solution . Or it is like what tlee2microsoft have mentioned :" according to the tutorials, my only options using the backup scheduler to create a system image are: a separate disc partition or a separate internal (or external) hard drive. It will not let me create a "system image" to a _set) of dvds using the backup scheduler. "

Posted On: 2010-08-04 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Can't Create A System Image Of Win 7

Objective: create a system image of win7(64bit)tools: built in windows backup & restore tools.

          Wd-1tb(where win7 resides)primary drive
          Wd-750gb(where the image will reside)slave

Issues: when trying to create the system image of win7, the total size is 56gb which will be saved on the 750gb drive that has nothing on it. Now windows decided that the 750gb drive does not have enough space. Anyone has the same problem or knows what's wrong with windows 7,

Posted On: 2010-08-15 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Editing Drives That Are Saved By A System Image

How do i prevent windows from automatically adding a drive to a system image. I have a couple of external hard drives that i use with my laptop. One has a large number of files and programs(mainly games) that i use, but i do not need them to be backed up. The other i save all of my backups to. For some reason windows wants to make a system image of both the laptop's internal hard drive and the external drive with all of the games on it. I only need the internal hard drive backed up and i am wondering how do i tell windows to not create a system image of the external drive, or are there any files on the external drive that are causing windows to think it needs to backup the drive?

Posted On: 2010-03-12 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

System Image & Backup Extremely Slow

I started running windows 7 backup, including a system image 2 days ago. It's only up to 17% completed now. I am running windows 7 professional, 64bit. The internal hd is 2 tb, 8 gb ram & amd phenom ii x3 processor, 2. 5 ghz. I am backing up to a firewire seagate free agent external hd. The mainboard is msi 770-c45. I have set the power option to never turn off the monitor or hd. I have tried other imaging software such as shadowprotect and rebit.

When i run those 2 together i get bsod's. Since the system image and backup features are in windows 7, i thought this might be a better way to make a disk image and backup since they are integrated into the os. But at this rate, the system image and backup may never complete. Any suggestions?
Oh one more piece of information. The c drive that i am attempting to backup has 686gb of used space.

Note: when i had windows xp with about the same amount of used disk space and used shadowprotect or acronis true image, the disk image would complete overnight. This is a new computer so there's no issue of upgrading from xp.

Posted On: 2010-02-20 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .