Question Another WindowsImageBack question

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Hello all, I have a questions regarding restoring WindowsImageBackup. I Created an image about a year ago and saved it on my NAS for later use, for some reason the directory containing the image was named something other then WindowsImageBackup. I've now done a clean istall of the same MSI laptop and gone back from Windows 11 to Windows 10 thinking it might make this process easier (image was created in windows 10) I've renamed the image to WindowsImageBackup and moved it to My C: drive and tried to restore it, But windows can't seem to find it, I've created a new partition and moved the image to that one, windows still can't find it. I’ve rebooted and used the "trouble shooter" method and then locate System Image, it still couldn't find it. As a last ditch effort I created a rescue disk and booted into it hoping a third party program would locate it, nope couldn't find it. Is it just me or this Windows backup/restore utility a real headf#$k

-In order for this to work does my computer name have to be the same as it was previously?
-Can the image be stored in the same drive as Windows C:, or does it need to be a different partition to restore from?
-Or do I have to create an image with a 3rd party program for the image to be recognized as an image when booting using Rescue disk?

Thankyou
 
Been years since I played with it, but as I recall Windows backup procedure is not amused if you move the file around......so not surprised that Window can't now find it.

Not to mention the non-intuitive interface and overall inflexibility.

It's at the low end of tolerable......if you understand it's frailties and limitations.

But why bother? What's the motivation?

Windows backup with the built in tool is largely hopeless. Microsoft uses the term "deprecated", so you are best advised to find and use a third party tool instead.
 
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Thankyou for your replies, I guess I was happy with how the computer was performing at that point in time along with programs I no longer have product keys for anymore. So the motivation was just to learn, to know what type of problems may occur and to be prepared (I don't think I knew what I was getting myself into, it's been 3 days now LOL). I also created iso backups earlier, I'll see if I can restore it that way. That way I'll have Dragon center to help with the correct drivers for the MSI laptop

Thankyou
 

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Thankyou for your replies, I guess I was happy with how the computer was performing at that point in time along with programs I no longer have product keys for anymore. So the motivation was just to learn, to know what type of problems may occur and to be prepared (I don't think I knew what I was getting myself into, it's been 3 days now LOL). I also created iso backups earlier, I'll see if I can restore it that way. That way I'll have Dragon center to help with the correct drivers for the MSI laptop

Thankyou
"ISO backups"...of what, and how?
 
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I used MSI software that came with Laptop to backup computer, it created 6 iso files. I just gotta work out how to use them to restore computer hopefully without having to put them on a dvd disc. Due to the fact the Laptop hasn't a cd rom
 
I used MSI software that came with Laptop to backup computer, it created 6 iso files. I just gotta work out how to use them to restore computer hopefully without having to put them on a dvd disc. Due to the fact the Laptop hasn't a cd rom
You might consider cutting your losses and making new backups using different software for which you can get considerable help here. Rather than climbing a learning curve ("I just gotta work out how to use them to restore computer") of something you don't yet fully understand.

Such as Macrium Reflect for Windows and applications.

And possibly something like Synchback Free or Free File Sync or Karen's Replicator or Second Copy for your personal data.

Using hard drives as a destination, rather than DVDs.

Your backups are totally useless if you cannot restore when a disaster strikes....which is as likely to be in the next week as any other random future week.
 

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I hear ya, and I also reached the same conclusion......
Doing a regular backup is only 1/2 of the equation.
Knowing how to recover is the other part.

 
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Recently I purchased a Qnap NAS so I backup everything that way. That's what lend me down this rabbit hole, the Windows image I created I thought was safe. The lessons leant, as you stated

"Doing a regular backup is only 1/2 of the equation.
Knowing how to recover is the other part."

And don't trust Windows. I'm lucky I do do regular backups and didn't wait till an emergency to restore, this was just a experiment
 

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