Windows 10: Restoring Win10 backup Image from Dell to other PC

Discus and support Restoring Win10 backup Image from Dell to other PC in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; although I made an image of the full Dell disk -- with all partitions -- can I restore just the OS C: partition of the Dell PC to replace the OS... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by KabyBlue, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. KabyBlue Win User

    Restoring Win10 backup Image from Dell to other PC


    • although I made an image of the full Dell disk -- with all partitions -- can I restore just the OS C: partition of the Dell PC to replace the OS partition of the new Lenovo laptop? I have already booted up the Lenovo and set it up with a temporary User account.
    • Will I experience any boot issues? I ask because there are several partitions on the Dell image some of which I believe are unique to Dell -- such as Dell Recovery -- that shouldn't be restored.
    • will the Lenovo PC activate Windows 10 using its OEM bios key or would I run into activation issues?

    Thnx in advance
    Restoring Win10 backup Image from Dell to other PC [​IMG]


    :)
     
    KabyBlue, Aug 11, 2017
    #1
  2. katinfoco Win User

    "backup and restore win 7" or "recovery" for win10, which one to use on Win10?

    still confused about system image (win7 terminology) vs recovery on usb (win10 terminology)...

    we have 3 machines, some with win7, some with win10. which backup/restore/recovery/system image ??? program should I use to ensure that I have backups/restore/recovery/system image ??? available in case of pc failure?

    the terms used in win7 and win10 are very confusing.

    If the preference is to use "recovery" in Win10, why is there an option to choose "backup and restore Windows 7" available in Win10

    also, re win10, hate to use up a large flash drive just for a recovery in win10 (when creating a recovery in win10, it wipes out all other files on the flash drive). Will the recovery option still work from a flash drive with other files on the drive?
     
    katinfoco, Aug 11, 2017
    #2
  3. katinfoco Win User
    Is the system backup for Windows 10 still identified as a Windows 7 task name?

    still confused about system image (win7 terminology) vs recovery on usb (win10 terminology)...

    we have 3 machines, some with win7, some with win10. which backup/restore/recovery/system image ???

    program should I use to ensure that I have backups/restore/recovery/system image ??? available in case of pc failure?

    the terms used in win7 and win10 are very confusing.

    also, re win10, hate to use up a large flash drive just for a recovery in win10 (when creating a recovery in win10, it wipes out all other files on the flash drive).

    Can I use the flash drive for other files? Or maybe revert back to the win7 backup and restore that does not wipe the flash drive??
     
    katinfoco, Aug 11, 2017
    #3
  4. Samuria Win User

    Restoring Win10 backup Image from Dell to other PC

    You need all partitions except any dell recover or it wont boot. I dont understand why you have created a new user account as you need to boot from mreflect to run the image you cant clone while windows is running.

    If the laptop has win10 why are you trying to restore an image from another pc?

    The whole thing may not work as often oem versions are tied to the bios and wont load on another pc and if its running on the old dell it may not activate at all.

    Why dont you just get a win10 iso and do a clean install?
     
    Samuria, Aug 11, 2017
    #4
  5. NavyLCDR New Member
    Make a Macrium Reflect Rescue drive using the option to do so in Macruim Reflect. Boot the new computer from the Macrium Reflect Rescue drive. Restore the OS partition only from the image right over the top of the OS partition on the new computer. You do probably want to make a backup image of the OS partition from the new computer first anyway, though.

    After you copy over the OS partition only, run the Fix Windows boot problems utility from the restore menu of the Macrium Reflect Rescue drive. That's all you have to do. As long as both Windows 10 are the same version (Home or Pro), you won't have any activation issues.
     
    NavyLCDR, Aug 11, 2017
    #5
  6. KabyBlue Win User
    The reason I'm trying to restore an image is because I don't have the product key/activation info for some of the apps on the Dell -- such as Office 2013. I have tried using 3rd-party programs to find them to no avail. Also, I setup up a temp user account on the new PC simply to test that it was in working other prior to the clone ...

    Thnx for ur response...

    I decided not to make an image of the new Lenovo PC because I am willing to do the fresh install of Win10 (after drive format) if need be. In fact, do you recommend I go ahead with a fresh install of Win10 on the Lenovo -- delete the current Lenovo partitions and recreate all the partitions via Win10 installer -- prior to the restore or would that be a last resort option?
     
    KabyBlue, Aug 11, 2017
    #6
  7. NavyLCDR New Member
    First, the bad news. Your Office 2013 is likely to detect that it has been moved to another computer and deactivate itself. You may be able to re-activate it by calling Microsoft. Have you tried BelArc Advisor to retrieve the product key?
    Products: Belarc Advisor

    Windows will actually do the same thing, but the license for Windows 10 established for the Lenovo should re-activate the Windows automatically.

    Other than that, it sounds like you want a nice, fresh clean install of Windows, except you want all your programs from your other computer. So, this is what I would do:

    1. Make a folder on a USB drive for any Lenovo hardware drivers that Windows might not supply. Let's say the USB drive gets drive letter E: and the folder you create for the drivers is Drivers. Connect the hard drive to the Lenovo and in a Command Prompt (Admin) or Powershell (Admin) run:
    dism /online /export-driver /destination:E:\Drivers
    Adjust the path in red as needed.

    2. Do a clean install of Windows by booting from a Windows 10 USB flash drive or DVD, select the Custom Install option and delete all the partitions on the hard drive. Highlight the unallocated space to install to and click Next to let Windows set up all the partitions.

    3. After Windows is done setting up and booting from the hard drive and asking you for network info, I believe, then you can reboot the computer from the Macrium Reflect rescue drive and restore only the OS partition (C: drive) over the top of the newly installed OS partition.

    4. Yes, you will have to run the Fix Windows booting problems utility from Macrium Reflect.

    5. Let Windows update run and install all the new drivers available from Microsoft. Look in Device Manager for any hardware that has an exclamation point or "unknown device". You can manually restore those drivers from your exported drivers folder on the USB drive by just selecting the folder you created and making sure the checkbox for checking subfolders is checked.

    The reason you don't want to just restore the whole entire hard drive from the old computer is because we don't know how many extra and unused partitions there are on it. It sounds like you want a brand new start with no extra partitions and that is what the above steps will accomplish.

    Be advised that Lenovo computers come with a one button restore option. Clean installing Windows 10 this way be erasing all the existing partitions on the hard drive will break the one button restore function.
     
    NavyLCDR, Aug 11, 2017
    #7
  8. KabyBlue Win User

    Restoring Win10 backup Image from Dell to other PC

    @NavyLCDR thnx for taking the time to provide that breakdown. Much appreciated...*Smile

    > Yes I did try BelarcAdvisor (it's one of my favorite apps) and it was only able to display the last few digits of the product key. I figured that if I uninstalled Office 2013 from the old Dell after the clone is complete that it would not be a problem -- I hope.

    > Ok will definitely use the "Fix Windows Booting" utility before a restart after restore is complete and appreciate the heads up on the loss of the one-button restore ability.
     
    KabyBlue, Aug 11, 2017
    #8
  9. cereberus Win User
    Since 2013, Office keys are encrypted. Key finders do not work.
     
    cereberus, Aug 11, 2017
    #9
  10. KabyBlue Win User
    Didn't know that. Thnx
     
    KabyBlue, Apr 5, 2018
    #10
Thema:

Restoring Win10 backup Image from Dell to other PC

Loading...
  1. Restoring Win10 backup Image from Dell to other PC - Similar Threads - Restoring Win10 backup

  2. Backup and Restore - Exclude drive from system image backup

    in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade
    Backup and Restore - Exclude drive from system image backup: Hello, I have a quick question about "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)" feature on Windows 10. I set up a backup months ago to include a system image and some personal data and everything worked fine. I notice this backup feature tried to backup my game dedicated drive...
  3. Restoring Image Backup to an identical PC

    in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade
    Restoring Image Backup to an identical PC: I have created an image backup of my Windows 10 in order to give my laptop for service. In case the laptop is replaced with a similar one (having also preinstalled the same Windows 10 version), is it possible to restore the backup image without any problem with the...
  4. Dell backup and restore

    in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade
    Dell backup and restore: Dell backup and restore has been running for 14 hours, is something wrong? https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/dell-backup-and-restore/a31854b5-8606-409a-a1c7-d6491372a9ef
  5. Restore from Windows Image Backup

    in Windows 10 Backup and Restore
    Restore from Windows Image Backup: I Created an image backup using Windows 10. I burned the repair CD. I booted from cd. Options are most recent backup [but it only shows D:\, the factory backup partition]. No browse capability. Other option does not let me browse to the folder the system created,...
  6. Win10 System Image Restore unable to detect backup

    in Windows 10 Backup and Restore
    Win10 System Image Restore unable to detect backup: Good Afternoon, I have been having a bit of difficulty with restoring a Windows System Image backup from my external Hard Drive. While it wrote to the hard drive fine, the windows doesn't seem like it wants to detect it in order to restore. So far I have tried using another...
  7. Dell Factory Image Restore

    in Windows 10 Backup and Restore
    Dell Factory Image Restore: I upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 but I would like to go back to Win 7. It's past the 30 days and so I can't roll back via Win 10. When I use F8, I see that the Dell Factory Image Restore is no longer an option. However, I do have a recovery drive for Win 7. Has Win 10...
  8. Extract Restore Point from a System Image Backup

    in Windows 10 Backup and Restore
    Extract Restore Point from a System Image Backup: Hi, I'm on Win 10 Pro. I recently made a system image backup to a NETWORK drive using the powershell command admin start backup -backuptarget:\\pc\a\tsb-image-file -include:C: -exclude:c:\users\3\box*,c:\users\3\onedrive,c:\users\3\music -allCritical -vsscopy...
  9. System Image or Backup and Restore Files in Win10

    in Windows 10 Backup and Restore
    System Image or Backup and Restore Files in Win10: Hi, A few days ago I discovered I had some corruptive files preventing me from Updating successfully. So, after much hair-pulling I did a Windows 10 reinstall via a USB Flash Drive while Windows was running and it was successful thanks to some talented folks on this forum....
  10. Dell pc, windows recovery image and restore issues

    in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade
    Dell pc, windows recovery image and restore issues: hi I'm wondering if somebody can help me out. I bought an Dell I3050 mini pc. It came with 32gb m.2 ssd with 20gb free space. I decided to upgrade to a bigger 128gb m.2 ssd and I'm trying to migrate to it from small one. I downloaded dell's windows recovery image and used...