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System Image restore, difference between three methods


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#1 golemus

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 05:23 PM

I was wondering, there seems to be four ways to restore a windows 7 system image:

1. Backup and Restore --> Recover system settings and computer --> Open System Restore --> Choose System Image Restore Point.

2. Backup and Restore --> Recover system settings and computer --> Advanced recovery methods --> Use a system image you created earlier to recover your computer.

3. Boot computer from system repair disk and choose the appropriate option

4. Boot computer from win7 installation DVD and choose the appropriate option


What is the difference between these four ways of restoring or are they completely equivalent? How about the options in the system restore (checkboxes, etc..), I don't think they are self-explanatory, do you have any links where they would be explained well?

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 05:29 PM

System restore takes a snapshot of the registry and system files and will restore them on command (hopefully - I don't have a lot of faith in System Restore)

An IMAGE is a snapshot of a file, folder, or disk. It restores everything that was imaged to the same state as when the image was created. I prefer 3rd party imaging utilities (Acronis True Image is not free, but it's the best. The best free alternative is Macrium Reflect. They should be used on a regular basis)

Booting to the Windows DVD will run selected repair options on the hd or os

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 10:42 AM

System restore takes a snapshot of the registry and system files and will restore them on command (hopefully - I don't have a lot of faith in System Restore)

An IMAGE is a snapshot of a file, folder, or disk. It restores everything that was imaged to the same state as when the image was created. I prefer 3rd party imaging utilities (Acronis True Image is not free, but it's the best. The best free alternative is Macrium Reflect. They should be used on a regular basis)

Booting to the Windows DVD will run selected repair options on the hd or os


Yes I know that. I created a system image, but there became a system image restore point to system restore. Does it mean that if you use that restore point it would restore only registry and system files from the full image?

For me it appeared as the whole image would have been restored though.




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