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How to repair Windows startup after a disk image restore?

Hello! Here's what happened : my computer had hardware problems, so I backed up images of my drives and got it repaired. It used to be on Windows 10 but they restored it to factory settings and Windows 8.

I then tried to restore the image of my drive containing windows 10 (plus my programs, files, etc) but when I then booted my pc, Windows wouldn't start and would ask for a recovery disk which I don't have.

So where did I mess up? Could you help me recover my pc, hopefully in the state it was when I backed it up?

Thanks in advance!

EDIT : here's the message that I get when I try to boot : https://goo.gl/photos/FZsmznuLuuUhuT6P9

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Re: recovery disk

I'd download the Windows 10 .iso and burn it to a DVD or make a USB-stick from it.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 tells how.
Then let it repair.

That's the common way for people who used Windows update to upgrade in stead of downloading the full installer themselves.

Kees

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Thanks! I tried it and it got my computer to work again

Only problem now is that I still have the two ISOs for my two drives that I need to restore. And the part that doesn't work is when I restore the ISO for my ssd containing windows. A friend of mine suggested that I create a separate partition to restore my ISO to without messing with Windows and then somehow switch to that one when I'm sure everything is fine. Is this a good idea? If so could you guide me through this?
Thanks again, have a good one!

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Re: drives

All you told in your first post was about Windows 10. It seems you fixed that, so your computer, after being repaired, runs with Windows 10 from the restored image your made before you sent it in for repair. That seems the end of the story.

It's totally unclear to me what these 2 iso's and these 2 drives mean.

Kees

Post was last edited on November 14, 2015 1:45 AM PST

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Well now I have a fresh install of Windows 10...

Sorry I was unclear. Actually I had to reinstall Windows so now it's the only thing I have on my computer. The two ISOs are the images I backed up for my two drives before I sent my computer for repair. And so I'd like to restore them to get all my programs and files back. But I can't because that will mess my installation of Windows all over again. So can you think of another way to do that?

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Re: restore

Not really clear yet:
1. What's on that 2 disks? Why do you have to restore both if the new windows 10 is installed on only one?
2. How did you make that images?
3. Why did you have to reinstall Windows (and what Windows) in stead of repairing the resuits of restoring your image using the disk you made from the .iso file you downloaded? And why was that file (the name in your picture is hardly readable) missing or corrupted in your image?

My guess: you didn't make a disk image but a partition image, so you had a Windows 8 boot sector with a Windows 8 c:-disk (all fine) until you restored the windows 10 c:-drive that wasn't compatible with the Windows 8 boot sector. Then you installed Windows 10, and all is fine, but now you need to install all your applications.

Your data on the Windows disk is another issue. After restoring your non-working image, you can get off all your own data by copying it to an external disk after booting from a Linux disk.
The second disk shouldn't be a problem.

Kees

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To make myself clear(er)

I did do a disk image containing all the partitions for each of the drives. I used Aomei Backupper for all the operations regarding backup and restore. Anyways, now I tried once again to apply the image of my C: drive and once again windows won't start. So using a USB stick containing windows 10 I'm able to access some recovery options. I tried the one called "startup repair" and it says it can't repair the startup... I also tried the "system restore" option but it brings a message saying "System restore could not find the offline boot volume. Please ensure it is currently accessible."
I need to apply those ISOs to my drives because they contain all the programs (and they're a lot) that I need as a student in 3D animation.
By the way I succeeded in applying the image for my secondary drive. And when it comes to my files I also figured out a way to recover them : once I apply the image for my C: drive and reinstall Windows 10, I noticed it moves all my user documents, program files and the windows folder to a folder named "Windows.old". If only there was a way for me to move my program files back were they belong along with my user documents, the trick would be done (or wouldn't it?) and I'd have all my programs and files back! The thing is windows won't let me do that, it says it doesn't have the authorisation to write data in this place (C:/) or something like that, even if I'm an administrator, and that some files can't be moved because they're being used by the system or some software. I guess doing this in a command prompt at startup would be the ultimate solution, but I don't know a thing about how to use cmd or even if this would actually bring my programs back...
So do you have an idea to help me, please?
Thanks a lot for your attention by the way!

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Re:programs

I'm afraid that reinstalling all the programs you need is the only option left. it's a good practice to keep all installation CD's/DVD's and backup all downloaded installation files and a list of all license keys, and then all it takes is some time.

You already found out how to get your data back, so that part is solved.

Kees

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I know but...

It would take me days to reinstall everything... I'd rather spend that time actually working on my projects if it's possible.
What about copying the files (especially the "program files" folder) from C:/windows.old back to C:/ ? Do you know how to do it? Do you think it would work?

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That copy stopped working in 1995

That's 2 decades ago. I know what you want but have you seen anyone do what you asked?

Anyhow, let me share one of my favorite post OS install sites. Ninite.com. I check off what I want installed, and it happens. Without the toolbars and more.

Read http://www.howtogeek.com/201354/ninite-is-the-only-safe-place-to-get-windows-freeware/

-> READ THAT!!! Why? Because it shows how many apps have a silent install option. Now what if you worked up such an install for your apps?

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Ok, thanks

To bad this doesn't work...
Thank you for letting me know about Ninite, it seems great, although it won't help with the programs I use which are professional paid for softs...
So I guess that's it, I'll have to install anything back again myself. Thank you for your help.
I leave the thread open though in case someone has a tip to maybe use this ISO somehow after all...

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Re: iso

You can't uset the image, but if you can run those programs from windows.old, you can run them from anywhere, so copy (that's more safe than move) them (that is: the full folders of the program in Program Files in windows.old) to any place you like and have access to.

If you can't run them from windows.old you'll have to reinstall them.

Kees

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