1.Security. Will a system image utterly eradicate ANY malware that is lurking on the current system? Log off the infected system, plug in the image USB stick and use advanced recovery options to restore the image, but can malware get into the USB containing the image and infect it?
2.Reliablility, system images have worked before as a method of restoration for me, but system recovery via "system restore" or with "refresh/reset" or "recovery discs" have all failed. If system image based restoration has worked well in the past for me but all other types have failed then will system image always work fine (providing i have good system images backed up on USB sticks) in future, or could it randomly decide one day that system image was not going to work either?
3.Long term use. Is there a limit to how many times a system can be safely restored from an image, will something deep in windows or deep in the hardware decide "right you've reimaged enough times, this time i won't let reimage run"? Or will repeated reimagings cause a large amount of aging and degradtion of the harddrive or of othr hardware components? Also is system reimaging(with the windows built in "windows 7 file recovery" system imaging method) safe and relibale enough to be done, say, every few months, if things go badly and returning to a previous state is needed?
4.Windows 8.1 . Do images from 8 still work on 8.1, or if i "upgraded" to 8.1 would all my 8.0 images suddenly become unusable for going back to 8.0?
Edited by rp88, 28 November 2014 - 03:58 PM.