Windows 10: System Image not Restoring.

Discus and support System Image not Restoring. in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; Hi guys, so i reset my Toshiba laptop to its original factory settings and it came with windows 10 home. Then i had to clean install the windows on my... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by Ryan1991, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. Ryan1991 Win User

    System Image not Restoring.

    Hi guys, so i reset my Toshiba laptop to its original factory settings and it came with windows 10 home. Then i had to clean install the windows on my laptop again because i was having some trouble with the touchpad drivers, so i wiped C. drive fully and installed window 10 pro on it. But before doing so i made the backup of system image of my laptop on an external hard drive through the windows 10 inbuilt backup utility. But now when i go to advanced settings and system image restore on my laptop and try to restore that system image , i get (To restore this computer, windows need to format the drive that the windows Recovery Environment is currently running on.) So it means this is a no go and when i try to restore the system image using a window usb drive (Repair, advanced, system image restore) it does catch the backup image that i had created but as soon as the restore process starts, it fails with the (0x80042302) error. I am attaching the pics for both restore procedure i had tried ( Image 1 and 2 is for the restore method using windows running on lappy) and ( Image 3,4 & 5 is for the restore method using windows usb drive) I hope someone will be able to help me restore my data.

    Ryan1991, Feb 11, 2018

  2. Restore System Image

    Hi Lahuerta, I am Rob (age 71 so I hope I understand being a senior) a volunteer, and a 10 time and dual award MVP specializing in Windows troubleshooting.

    System Image backs up everything on the drive - Windows, programs, files, and all.

    To restore a System Image you need to boot from a Windows Installation Disk or USB which you can make (see below). Boot and on lower right click "Next"- then on lower left click "Repair your computer" - click "Troubleshoot" - click "System Image Recovery".

    Additional help :

    How to restore a Windows 10 system image to an existing or larger storage device

    How to Create a Windows 10 System Image Backup


    A much easier to use free program :

    Macrium Reflect - Free - on this page click "Home" to download.

    It also allows you to make Rescue Media

    Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free

    How to Create a Full-Disk Backup of Your PC with Macrium Reflect

    Create a Windows 10 System Image using the Best Free Alternatives

    Please let us know the results and if you need further assistance.
    SpiritX MS MVP, Feb 11, 2018
  3. Lahuerta Win User
    Restore System Image

    First of all, I am a 68 yr old woman, trying restore the System Image (SI). But I have several questions. Here goes:

    1. What exactly does the SI record during this operation?

    2. Every file on that the designated drive?

    3. I know on the desktop the Update Assistant icon is a short cut, but will SI record all the information located including Windows 10 Update Assistant files which resides on a different drive?

    4. Problems stated after the SI, D drive does not have enough space. So looked to increase the D drive by taking gigs from A drive (a huge drive) but no instructions that could provide info for what I wanted to do. So I tried to backup drive D on a
    one-T external drive. That just didn't work at all. (Anybody laughing yet?) Continuing to get warning of low disc space. Another idea popped into my head, why not just delete everything on the bloody D thing, but moving some personal
    files to the one drive. I thought this would provide more space. It didn't. Maybe the best solution is to backup the other two drives and choose the first option to restore SI which is to reformat and partition the hard drive. But then I will loose info
    Win 7 located in Update Assistant.

    5. What drivers will I need to facilitate the restore? (the file: System 32 pops up to provide selection, yet there are so many to choose from.)

    As you have read (without trying not to laugh) I have been very creative and can't seem to get from point A to point B. So at this point I basically need a step by step formula/tutorial. Can Anyone help an old lady cross that big divide in my laptop? By
    the way, it is Win 10 Pro 64-bit and no touch screen, if that helps. I'm not going to have much space or time left if I can't get this resolved. Hope to hear or read from you soon. Thanks so very much. (I don't mind if you laughed.)
    Lahuerta, Feb 11, 2018
  4. Mooly Win User

    System Image not Restoring.

    Quick thoughts to what is probably a non solvable issue in its present form......

    If you backed up a 'system image' (and not quite sure what you did there but I take it to mean backing up the recovery partition ?) then I don't think you will ever get it to restore the laptop back to 'out of the box' condidtion because manufacturers restore partitions often seem inextricably linked to the BIOS and the unique recovery methods they ask you to use. Casually backing up and restoring that image breaks that link.

    My advice (fwiw, but I wouldn't hesitate now) would be to use the Media Creation Tool to 100% clean install W10 and for you to use the advanced options to totally wipe and remove all existing partitions first. Let W10 pick the drivers and only go looking to fix any drivers that are missing or don't work later. With a bit of luck you should find W10 does a good job of the whole procedure.
    Mooly, Feb 11, 2018
  5. Bree New Member
    This appears to be a bug in system restore when restoring on certain efi systems. Apparently this is a known bug, but as the built-in system imagining is deprecated in Fall creators update it's unlikely Microsoft are going to put much effort into fixing this.

    Features removed or Deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

    There is a known workaround, detailed in the post at the top of page 5 in this thread.

    Once you have a working system, take Microsoft's advice and look at ' full-disk backup solutions from other vendors'. Most here recommend Macrium Reflect (free).
  6. Ryan1991 Win User
    @Bree, I do have a working system and now i am using Macrium Reflect to do all my backs on windows pc but it was too late for the first backup i made because i came back to a windows laptop after a few years ( been using macbook ) and i did not know that Microsoft has messed up with the inbuilt backup utility on windows 10. But the thing is i need to restore that laptop to its factory softwares it came with and that system image backup is the only solution for it.
    Ryan1991, Feb 11, 2018
  7. Bree New Member
  8. Ryan1991 Win User

    System Image not Restoring.

    Yeah, i been through that thread few days before and tried using that method mentioned on page 5. And i gave up on step 8 where it says to launch powershell and execute because i think i was getting something like its not a internal or external command or command not found ( maybe i was doing something wrong, i remember i just copy pasted those command lines and pressed enter ). So if you could please explain to me how to execute those commands properly, that would be great. And another thing, my laptop came with the windows 10 home build made in mid 2015 so do you think if i download the window 10 build from that time and try the restore process, that i may be successful in it?
    Ryan1991, Feb 11, 2018
  9. cereberus Win User
    Not so much they messed up but simply have not developed it for years. They have been trying to drop it for years.
    cereberus, Feb 11, 2018
  10. cereberus Win User
    I doubt that will make any difference. As I said in previous post, it has not been deblveloped for years.
    cereberus, Feb 11, 2018
  11. Bree New Member
    The first steps in that workaround are to do a clean install of Windows 10 and log in. That should have given you a working Powershell. If you don't have Powershell, maybe the install wasn't successful? Or it may be that you need to run Powershell as administrator to run those commands? My systems are mbr, so I cannot reproduce your problem to test this.

    That would be most likely the original RTM 10240. I suspect system restore is virtually unchanged from that edition, but it may be worth a try. The install media for that version is difficult to get from Microsoft, but the 3rd-party tool can generate links to the ISO direct from Microsoft.
  12. Ryan1991 Win User
    @Bree thanks for your help. Will give it a try.
    Ryan1991, Feb 11, 2018
  13. Ryan1991 Win User

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