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How To Restore a Computer from a System Image Backup

Nov 23

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Wed, 23 Nov 2011 20:26:46 GMT  RssIcon

The Facts...

If you find yourself in a situation where you computer is not working the way it should and you  have tried several steps to recover it short of calling one of our engineers the final step before you consider alternative help would be to restore a System Image Backup. Keep in mind that if you suspect your computer to be infected with a virus and you do not already have a system image backup - creating one now will likely backup the infected/damaged system files. The System Image should have been created when your computer was in good working order. And finally keep in mind that restoring from a Sytem Image Backup means that you will lose any programs, settings and data that you have installed/modified since the System Image Backup was taken.

 Now onto the Fun Stuff...

There are 3 essential methods recommended by Microsoft to restore from a system image backup:

To restore using the Recovery Control Panel

If your computer is still working  or if you want to restore your system image backup onto a different computer - follow these steps:

1. Open 'Recovery' by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, then type recovery - click the 'Recovery' icon shown in the quick search results pane.

2. Once the 'Recovery' Window opens click 'Advanced recovery methods'.

3. Select the Option 'Use a system image you created earlier to recover your computer' - you will be given the option to 'Backup' or you can skip the backup and continue following the prompts.

To restore using preinstalled recovery options

If you can no longer access the Control Panel and you do not have a Windows installation disc or a System Repair Disc - then use the following method to restore your computer from a System Image Backup:

1. Restart your computer using the computer's power button - if the computer is frozen/hangs you can hold the powerbutton for 7 seconds to force it to shutdown (we do not recommended using this method when your computer is functioning normally).

2. If your computer has more than one operating system installed, use the arrow keys to highlight the operating system that you want to start, and then press F8.

3. If your computer has only one operating system installed, hold down the F8 key 3 seconds after you turn your computer on this needs to be pressed before the Windows logo appears. If the Windows logo appears repeat  step 1.

4. Once the 'Advanced Boot Options' screen appears, use the arrow keys on your keyboard to highlight 'Repair your computer' and then press Enter.

5. After Windows Loads this basic setup - select a suitable keyboard layout and click Next.

6. The list of current usernames on your computer will be displayed - Select a username and type the password if it has one and then click 'OK'.

7. The 'System Recovery Options' menu will be displayed - click 'System Image Recovery' and then follow the instructions ensuring you have the media used to create your System Image Backup.

To restore using a Windows installation disc or a system repair disc

If you can't access Control Panel, you can restore your computer using a Windows installation disc or a System repair disc (if you have one).

1. Insert the installation disc or System Repair disc.

2. Restart your computer using the computer's power button - if the computer is frozen/hangs you can hold the powerbutton for 7 seconds to force it to shutdown (we do not recommended using this method when your computer is functioning normally).

3. When you see the prompt 'Press any key to boot from CD or DVD' - press any key on your keyboard. This prompt only shows for a few seconds - if you miss it go back to step 2.

4. Once Windows loads the setup - choose your language and keyboard settings and click 'Next'.

5. Click 'Repair your computer' in the bottom left of the screen (This step only applies if you are using a Windows installation disc.)

6. Finally select the 'System Image Recovery' option and then click 'Next' and follow the prompts.

If you have any problems following the above steps please do not hesitate to Contact Us and one of our engineers will be happy to help.

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