By Jose Ortiz
Restore Windows 7 from System Image tutorial will guide you in restoring Windows 7. If you are no longer able to boot into Windows 7 or the operating system is corrupt, you may need to restore Windows 7 from system image.
[How to create a system image backup and repair disc can be found here.]
Steps to Restore Windows 7 from System Image
1.) Insert your System Repair Disc and restart the computer. If the BIOS is set to boot from the CD-ROM drive, you will see the following screen. If this is the case, press any key to boot from the System Repair Disc.
If this is not the case, then you will need to press the correct key when booting to bring up the Boot Menu. Systems varies but pressing the F12 or ESC key during the splash screen will bring up the Boot Menu screen.
Select the CD-ROM drive from the Boot Menu. Hit Enter to start the boot process.
(The “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD…” screen will show up. Hit Enter to boot from the System Repair Disc.)
1a.) Windows will begin loading files from the System Repair Disc.
2.) The System Recovery Options screen will come up. Choose the correct keyboard input and click Next.
2a.) System Recovery Options will search for Windows installation(s) on your hard drive.
3.) Once System Recovery has found your Windows installation, select “Restore your computer using a system image that you created earlier.” Then click Next.
4.) As long as the folder where the system image is located has not changed, then you should see the following screen with the last system image created. Click Next.
(You also have the option to use an older system image by clicking “Select a system image.”)
5. In this screen click Next. This will delete any existing partitions and reformat all disks to match the layout of the system image.
6. A summary of the system image selected. Click Finish to proceed.
7. This is your last chance to change your mind. Click Yes to continue with the selected system image.
Windows will begin restoring the computer from the selected system image. Depending on the size of the image, it could take several hours. Once the recovery completes, your computer will restart and Windows 7 should be restored.
The hard drive is a mechanical part which in time will fail. Always keep a copy of your documents, pictures, music, and videos stored outside of your computer.
If your hard drive crashes then all you would need to do is buy another hard drive, same size or larger, and copy the System Image to the new hard drive.
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