Windows 10: Macrium Reflect - Use Macrium Image to set up Dual / Multi Boot

Discus and support Macrium Reflect - Use Macrium Image to set up Dual / Multi Boot in Windows 10 Tutorials to solve the problem; @Kari Step 2.7: Instead of clicking "Next", click on "Restored partition properties", extend the partition to 125GB then click "Next". No need for... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Tutorials' started by topgundcp, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. topgundcp Win User

    Macrium Reflect - Use Macrium Image to set up Dual / Multi Boot


    @Kari
    Step 2.7: Instead of clicking "Next", click on "Restored partition properties", extend the partition to 125GB then click "Next". No need for step 2.9

    :)
     
    topgundcp, Jan 23, 2017
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  2. Bookmark State of the System for Future Recovery?

    Please trust a multi-time awarded MVP and use Macrium Reflect. The System Image build into Windows is just too buggy.
     
    SpiritX MS MVP, Jan 23, 2017
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  3. SpiritX MS MVP, Jan 23, 2017
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  4. f14tomcat Win User

    Macrium Reflect - Use Macrium Image to set up Dual / Multi Boot

    Excellent, Kari. I totally agree with your opening statement.

    *Thumbs
     
    f14tomcat, Jan 23, 2017
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  5. Kari Win User
    Thanks. Will do the edit later on, need to fire up virtual machines to get scenario redone for screenshots *Smile
     
  6. Kari Win User
    Thanks!

    Let's repeat it, advice from old school geeks *Wink:

     
  7. cereberus Win User
    "If you ask me or esteemed fellow geek @Dick, Macrium Reflect should be obligatory, first application installed after installing Windows 10."

    If I could have my way, it would be the first even before Windows (actually I do that sort of in vms) *chuckle.
     
    cereberus, Jan 23, 2017
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  8. Macrium Reflect - Use Macrium Image to set up Dual / Multi Boot

    This tutorial is so freaking awesome! And I completely agree with your first statement about Macrium Reflect. Macrium makes things so easy.
     
    slicendice, Jan 28, 2017
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  9. Kari Win User
    Thanks Slicendice *Smile
     
  10. ftw1 Win User
    I have a Windows 7 Pro image of my desktop system backed up on an external drive. I also have a Windows 10 image of my desktop system backed up on that same external drive. Both images are via Macrium Reflect (free version).

    I like both operating systems, and will usually alternate between the two by restoring one image or the other.
    While that process has worked well for me, I think it would be more convenient if I could set up a dual boot system where I could choose between either Windows 7 or Windows 10 when starting up my desktop. However, I’m a newbie at dual booting.

    Here’s some more info regarding my images. The Win7 image consists of two partitions: the System Reserved partition (24.9mb used of 100mb) and the NFTS Primary consisting of the OS and everything else (63.77 gb used of 232.79 gb). The Win10 image consists of three partitions: the System Reserved partition (354.9mb of 500mb), the NFTS Primary consisting of the OS and major programs (46.8 gb out of 121.58 gb), and the third partition being another NFTS Primary consisting of some portable apps (3.48 gb out of 110.81).

    I understand some of the info in this tutorial, but not everything. So, here are some preliminary questions (with more to follow):

    • My thinking is to restore the Win10 image onto my desktop. Since the third partition has about 107 gb not being used (110.81-3.48), I thought I would shrink that partition to free up about 90 gb.
    • Am I correct in wanting to then use Macrium Reflect to drag the image of the Win7 Primary partition to the Win10 90 gb free space created in above step 1? Can I actually do that if the Win7 Primary partition is 232.79 gb (63.77 gb being used)? Or do I have to first use Disk Management to shrink the Win7 Primary partition to about 65 gb and drag and drop that smaller partition to the Win10 90 gb free space created in step 1?

    Again, I've got more questions, but thought I'd tackle this issue first.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  11. ICIT2LOL Win User
    Hello Kari
    Mate I have just done a dual boot on this machine 7 / 10 and I went the through the tutorial and so I have it right I can image the whole drive and then use whichever partition to get back my system for example the 10 without necessarily having to do anything whit the 7 set up??
    John
     
    ICIT2LOL, Apr 6, 2017
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  12. f14tomcat Win User
    @ICIT2LOL

    You would normally do separate OS image backups for each. Macrium would be installed in each OS, and you would make an image while booted in that OS, 7 or 10, to separate folders set up on an external drive or wherever you back up to. No need to image the entire drive each time. You can, of course if you want to, just no practical need for it.

    Makes backing up much quicker, and restoring (if needed) much safer and not as tricky as trying to cherry-pick partitions to restore. Let the software manage it for you. That's what it was designed to do.

    Keep them separate.

    TC
     
    f14tomcat, Apr 6, 2017
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  13. SIW2 Win User

    Macrium Reflect - Use Macrium Image to set up Dual / Multi Boot

    There are a few stages to the process.

    1. Apply os files onto another partition on the target machine.

    That can be done in many ways.
    i) Applying an image created by an imaging program - such as described in the tutorial. Any imaging program can be used for that.
    ii) Applying the os files using setup.exe ( normal windows installation method using MS installtion media).
    iii) Applying os files from install.wim using e.g. dism, or any other program capable of extracting files from wim.

    2. Create boot menu entry.

    i) If using normal installation ( windows setup), or most imaging programs, that will be done automatically.
    ii) If using manual method [ dism, etc ]to apply wim or other image contents, usually need to do that yourself, using bcbboot command is simplest.

    3. Adjust to new hardware.

    i) If applying with an imaging program ( e.g. macrium, aomei, paragon, etc ) adjust to new hardare may be necessary, depending on the os and how dissimilar the target machine is.

    4. Activate.
     
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