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Windows 8: Create a System Image on a Dual Boot OS Windows 7

Q: Windows 8: Create a System Image on a Dual Boot OS Windows 7

Hello again to all. Can anyone please explain because this a little bit confuses me, CREATING a SYSTEM IMAGE, now that I have a DUAL BOOT win7-win8 OS.

>>I want to know if I CREATE A SYSTEM IMAGE via windows 7 (my default OS), and then later, if ever I RESTORE THIS CREATED SYSTEM IMAGE, will the setup on WINDOWS 8 & WINDOWS 7, still be the same working on DUAL BOOT?


thanks again for any info.

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A: Windows 8: Create a System Image on a Dual Boot OS Windows 7

when you create a system image of your computer, yes it will recreate everything it sees on your computer, including multiple OS's and of course the boot loader to let you choose which OS to run.

Please follow the instructions carefully of your imaging software.
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A:Creating System Image with Windows 7/Ubuntu dual boot


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Can you give us a screen shot of your disk management ?
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Attachment 23893

Zoom image to enlarge please.

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A:Windows 7 pro - Create system image only system c: drive

Hello Cyberpine,

Please go ahead and post back with a screenshot showing all of your HDD's full layout in Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) to help ID what the issue may be.

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A:Windows requiring backup of 2 drives to create system image

Nevermind-- I was able to resolve the issue. Had to unplug all drives except for the one I wanted to boot off of and then run Startup Repair. That allowed me to boot up without my SSD.

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A:System Reserved : Create for Dual Boot

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Let us see a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Vinbot1


I know just enough about computers to get myself in trouble. I had a 160GB Hard drive that was getting kind of crowded, it was my sole hard drive. I had XP on it and as I had no problems with it, I was content to stick with it. I bought a 500gb hard drive and as my fiancee had bought me an upgrade to Vista and then 7, I put Windows 7 on the new drive and left XP on the old. The old drive (the 160GB) already had C: taken so I named the new one G:.

So, everything was working fine and if I wanted to switch OS's I'd just reboot and choose the one I wanted. Sadly my C: drive just died. I was like ".. bummer. I'll pop it out and just worth the windows 7 one now." However on start up I'm getting a bad boot file message and to put the install/system disk in. I do that and choose the restore option but its not showing that I have any previous versions of windows on it! When I do the repair option it says it was fixing a partition error. I can see the windows files when I use the command prompt and still see that windows is there under the G: drive.

My question is; does windows now think my G: drive is supposed to be C ? Is that why it wont boot properly? If so I found an article on how to change the drive letters via regedit. Or do you think my hard drive is just hosed?

Thanks for looking and any help at all would be greatly appreciated!! Sorry I dont have specific info, I'm not near the malfunctioning computer at the moment. Oh, I did go into the bios and check the settings in there. It does recognize the drive.

When you dual boot win 7 it puts the boot files into a hidden 100 (in win 7, 350 in win 8) Mb folder on the original OS drive.

So when you install win 7 it added that folder to the XP drive. When the drive failed the folder cant be found.

Thats the reason it works with the win 7 dvd in the drive.

You should be able to use the win 7 dvd to repair the current HD.
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A:System Crash: Dual Boot running Windows 7 and 8: BSOD

There are enough signs here that I have to wonder about this installation. Should this be a pirated copy of Windows, please be aware that we may not be able to fix it (as the hacks that were done to activate it will cause the OS to behave differently than we expect it to). If that's the case, our efforts to help may just waste your time. Secondly, the forum rules prohibit assisting with pirated software - so the topic would be closed if that is the case.

Please provide the MGADiag report according to these instructions (from this post: Product Key Number - Uninstall and Deactivate in Windows - Page 3 - Windows 7 Help Forums ):

To properly analyse and solve problems with Activation and Validation, we need to see a full copy of the report produced by the MGADiag tool (download and save to desktop - )
Once saved, run the tool.
Click on the Continue button, which will produce the report.
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One additional note I want to add before finishing this guide, is that if you plan to use this to dual boot, there are some additional steps you have to take to get it to dual boot. Since, when you do the restore as a dual boot option, you are not running the installation process, windows will not modify the boot.ini file to add the new XP installation as a boot option at start up. With out this, you will not be able to boot from the new XP system. In order to modify the boot.ini file you will need to go through several steps. I will give you two ways to do this below. The first one is the best and safest way to do it, the other is faster but there is some risk involved.

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NOTE: If you have gold edition XP (before SP1) this recovery console option will not work. Don?t worry, you can create your own up to date SP3 edition of XP using a method called ?Slipstreaming?. Don?t worry, it?s perfectly legal. In fact I am going to send you to the Microsoft website for instruction on hoe to do it. This link is on how to slip stream SP2 with XP: Microsoft has not yet created a guide for SP3. Here is a good guide for this:

Now you don?t actually have to create a bootable CD to use the updated recovery console. Once you have integrated SP3 into the folder you copied the contents of your XP disk, you can install it from this folder: Here how.

1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. In the Open box, type d:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons , where d is the drive letter for the drive letter where you created you slipstreamed XP folder. For example: If the folder where you copied the contents of you XP disk is called XP Disk, and your created it on F drive, then the command would look like this: f:\XP disk\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons. Press enter.
3. A Windows Setup Dialog Box appears. The Windows Setup Dialog Box describes the Recovery Console option. To confirm the installation, click Yes.
4. Restart the computer. The next time that you start your computer, "Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" appears on the startup menu.

Okay, now that you have boot from your XP CD, choose the Repair option by pressing R when you get to the selection screen. If you installed the repair console to your boot menu, just select it at start up and press enter. Once the repair console has loaded, it will bring you to a command prompt screen and ask you to choose which windows installation to repair. You should see two installations here. Type the letter 1 and press enter. It will then ask you for your administrator?s password. If you don?t know what the administrator?s password is, try leaving it blank and pressing enter. If that does not work, try entering you... Read more
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Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


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Hello All I am pretty new to this whole Bleeping Computer stuff but I sure have been having a lot of fun since I joined My problem today is creating a system image Here is my story I decided that when it is time to upgrade to Windows I would like to do so via a clean install In order to do this safely I figured that it would be best to have a system image of my machine before I attempted a clean install So here is where I began running into problems I did not know that a system image was so large I thought that I could store a system image on a gb USB drive Following Create Please Help Image System a Me the directions that I was able to find here and there around the internet the file that should contain my system image is like gb or so So then I decide to put this system image on a second internal hard drive but my other hard drive has never been formatted Now I need to transfer all of the data on that hard drive to an external hard drive so that I can format my internal hard drive How do I move that data Do I just click and drag or is there software to do this job Then after I move the data how do I format my hard drive I have never formatted a hard drive before After I have done all of that can Please Help Me Create a System Image I now follow the directions that I have and make Please Help Me Create a System Image a system image Please Help Me Create a System Image to my nd internal hard drive Will any of this work as a plan to install Windows as a clean install Also after I have a system image of my machine on the nd hard drive can I then use that software as a means of re-installing the programs that are on my computer so that I can restore my system's functions after the clean install of Windows As you can see I am confused and I am not sure what I am doing Any help or guidance would be appreciated Attached is an image of my hard drives Any other images that you need to help I will try to provide

A:Please Help Me Create a System Image

To amend part 3 of my question above, do I have to create some kind of partition on me 2nd hard drive in order to create and store a system image? I guess that is what I originally meant when I was asking about formatting my hard drive. It seems that my target hard drive does not have any partitions, so do I need a partition and how do I create one?
Another question, what is the difference between a system image and a custom refresh image? I think that I can create a custom refresh image on one USB drive, will this help me in case I have a total system failure while installing Windows 10?
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On a friend's new Dell Windows 8 desktop I tried to create a system image using Windows 7 File Recovery. I got a message saying it could not create the image. The message said "windows backup failed to get an exclusive lock on the efi system partition". Any ideas what I might try? Thanks

A:Cannot create system image

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I have read the tutorials and I am still a bit confused. If I create a System Image what exactly am I backing up? Is it a copy of Win 7 and does it include all the loaded software and drivers? Does it also copy My Documents and everything on the drive in question or should I back up My Documents etc. separately. Any advice please.

A:What does a System Image create?

Hello Judesman,

A system image is a complete copy/clone of the selected hard drives with everything on them included.

Hope this helps,
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Hi guys.

I am trying to image my hard drive. I have a Corsair Force 120 SSD.

When I try to back it up onto multiple discs, it doesn't even get past the first one. It seems like it is writing data to the disc, but there's nothing on it. Also it keeps asking me to insert a blank disc and label it disc 1. It can't seem to progress onto further disc numbers.

I recently tweaked the system using the guide on the Black Viper website to optimize performance, and perhaps I turned off a service which the imaging system depends upon, only I'm not sure which one.

Any help would be great.



A:Can't create system image

Hello Mick and welcome to the Forum.

There has been a long-standing problem with Windows 7 being able to create a system image to disks. People have reported that sometimes a -R disk works while a +R doesn't, or a +RW works and a -RW doesn't. Also, the Win 7 imaging tool seems to have a specific preference for the brand of burner. This is just one Microsoft forum that talks about the disk issue. There are many more.

Problems creating system image onto DVD-RW

I think most people would recommend putting your image on an external hard drive. Prices have come down considerably so you could store multiple images. Also, people recommend updating a system image periodically. It's a lot easier doing that on an external HD rather than using multiple disks. Too much of a chance that one disk may not burn properly and then you can't restore to the image.
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I've system Cannot only. create image got a problem with the backup area I'm attempting to create a system image to restore my pc if it gets damaged The problem is I've had this pc for about years so I've never created a system image for it I've got a small external harddrive with gb left on it includes my laptop system Image in Cannot create system image only. a separate folder My pc st harddrive containing all the files needed for the system image has about tb of information stored on it which the system backup wants me to include in the system image which I've obviously not got the space I've tried to only include the system image in the backup process but it is listing it a quot backup size bytes quot with an error code x quot check backup disk space quot the system image on its own should be under gb I can't really fix the issue because the back and restore is not showing me the size of the system image What is wrong with it I'm running Windows

A:Cannot create system image only.

Windows backup will try to backup everything and your options with it are quite limited

There are other free backup programs out there that are more useful as you can unselect your user folders and stuff and just backup the important you need to which should fit in your 60GB space will find some links for you and post back shortly

This what i was thinking of
but looking now im not so sure you can do all that with the free version