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Vista and Norton Ghost 2003 (not)

  1. #1


    tonj Guest

    Vista and Norton Ghost 2003 (not)

    I ran straight into a brick wall with this combination. I've been using (and swearing by) Norton Ghost 2003 for years to backup and
    restore my hard drives, right from my Windows 98 days to Windows XP. But in the last month I've installed Windows Vista Home
    Premium on a test machine and using NG2003 I did one backup (to image file) of the very first virgin install, and another backup
    (again to image file) on a fully setup Vista install. Because I'm only testing I did not activate the installation. Today I got the
    dreaded blue screen of death (dodgy driver update I think) so I went for a restore using the NG2003 floppy boot disc but it didn't
    work. After the restore had finished I rebooted the machine but the bootup screen stops early and says:

    ----------------------
    Windows failed to start.A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

    1) Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer
    2) Choose your language settings and then click Next
    3) Click 'Repair your Computer'.

    If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

    File: \windows\system32\windload.exe

    Status: 0xc000000e

    Info: the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.
    ----------------------

    I tried restoring both of the two different backups I had - but I got the same reboot screen.
    So I then tried a different hard drive, again trying both of the backup images - but I got the same reboot screen.
    I'm thinking maybe Vista uses a file system that is beyond the capabilites of NG2003 but thats only a guess.

    So if it transpires that my Norton Ghost days are over, can anyone recommend a good imaging/cloning program that will work with
    Windows Vista drives and also work from a boot floppy? I don't like doing backups from Windows, I like a good old fashioned boot
    floppy.
    Thanks for any help.







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  3. #2


    Rick Rogers Guest

    Re: Vista and Norton Ghost 2003 (not)

    Hi,

    Only Symantec's Ghost Solution Suite 2.0 is compatible with Vista.
    http://www.symantec.com/smb/products...gmt&pvid=ghost

    --
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

    "tonj" <nospam@no-spam-ever.org> wrote in message
    news:OiWnYPTWHHA.3500@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >I ran straight into a brick wall with this combination. I've been using
    >(and swearing by) Norton Ghost 2003 for years to backup and
    > restore my hard drives, right from my Windows 98 days to Windows XP. But
    > in the last month I've installed Windows Vista Home
    > Premium on a test machine and using NG2003 I did one backup (to image
    > file) of the very first virgin install, and another backup
    > (again to image file) on a fully setup Vista install. Because I'm only
    > testing I did not activate the installation. Today I got the
    > dreaded blue screen of death (dodgy driver update I think) so I went for a
    > restore using the NG2003 floppy boot disc but it didn't
    > work. After the restore had finished I rebooted the machine but the bootup
    > screen stops early and says:
    >
    > ----------------------
    > Windows failed to start.A recent hardware or software change might be the
    > cause. To fix the problem:
    >
    > 1) Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer
    > 2) Choose your language settings and then click Next
    > 3) Click 'Repair your Computer'.
    >
    > If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or
    > computer manufacturer for assistance.
    >
    > File: \windows\system32\windload.exe
    >
    > Status: 0xc000000e
    >
    > Info: the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is
    > missing or corrupt.
    > ----------------------
    >
    > I tried restoring both of the two different backups I had - but I got the
    > same reboot screen.
    > So I then tried a different hard drive, again trying both of the backup
    > images - but I got the same reboot screen.
    > I'm thinking maybe Vista uses a file system that is beyond the capabilites
    > of NG2003 but thats only a guess.
    >
    > So if it transpires that my Norton Ghost days are over, can anyone
    > recommend a good imaging/cloning program that will work with
    > Windows Vista drives and also work from a boot floppy? I don't like doing
    > backups from Windows, I like a good old fashioned boot
    > floppy.
    > Thanks for any help.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >



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  4. #3


    Craig Williamson Guest

    Re: Vista and Norton Ghost 2003 (not)

    Ghost is in beta testing for Vista as I write this message. It should be
    released soon. Not sure, but if you have a recent version of Ghost and a
    valid install key, you should be able to get a free upgrade. Keep watching
    the Symantec website for details. They have already released some
    updates/upgrades for Norton Anti Virus and other programs.

    Craig

    "tonj" <nospam@no-spam-ever.org> wrote in message
    news:OiWnYPTWHHA.3500@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >I ran straight into a brick wall with this combination. I've been using
    >(and swearing by) Norton Ghost 2003 for years to backup and
    > restore my hard drives, right from my Windows 98 days to Windows XP. But
    > in the last month I've installed Windows Vista Home
    > Premium on a test machine and using NG2003 I did one backup (to image
    > file) of the very first virgin install, and another backup
    > (again to image file) on a fully setup Vista install. Because I'm only
    > testing I did not activate the installation. Today I got the
    > dreaded blue screen of death (dodgy driver update I think) so I went for a
    > restore using the NG2003 floppy boot disc but it didn't
    > work. After the restore had finished I rebooted the machine but the bootup
    > screen stops early and says:
    >
    > ----------------------
    > Windows failed to start.A recent hardware or software change might be the
    > cause. To fix the problem:
    >
    > 1) Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer
    > 2) Choose your language settings and then click Next
    > 3) Click 'Repair your Computer'.
    >
    > If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or
    > computer manufacturer for assistance.
    >
    > File: \windows\system32\windload.exe
    >
    > Status: 0xc000000e
    >
    > Info: the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is
    > missing or corrupt.
    > ----------------------
    >
    > I tried restoring both of the two different backups I had - but I got the
    > same reboot screen.
    > So I then tried a different hard drive, again trying both of the backup
    > images - but I got the same reboot screen.
    > I'm thinking maybe Vista uses a file system that is beyond the capabilites
    > of NG2003 but thats only a guess.
    >
    > So if it transpires that my Norton Ghost days are over, can anyone
    > recommend a good imaging/cloning program that will work with
    > Windows Vista drives and also work from a boot floppy? I don't like doing
    > backups from Windows, I like a good old fashioned boot
    > floppy.
    > Thanks for any help.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >



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  5. #4


    retired fire Guest

    RE: Vista and Norton Ghost 2003 (not)

    I also used ghost for many years, but I really like Vista Complete PC Backup
    and Restore...instead od plopping in a floppy, just plop in the Vista DVD....

    "tonj" wrote:

    > I ran straight into a brick wall with this combination. I've been using (and swearing by) Norton Ghost 2003 for years to backup and
    > restore my hard drives, right from my Windows 98 days to Windows XP. But in the last month I've installed Windows Vista Home
    > Premium on a test machine and using NG2003 I did one backup (to image file) of the very first virgin install, and another backup
    > (again to image file) on a fully setup Vista install. Because I'm only testing I did not activate the installation. Today I got the
    > dreaded blue screen of death (dodgy driver update I think) so I went for a restore using the NG2003 floppy boot disc but it didn't
    > work. After the restore had finished I rebooted the machine but the bootup screen stops early and says:
    >
    > ----------------------
    > Windows failed to start.A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
    >
    > 1) Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer
    > 2) Choose your language settings and then click Next
    > 3) Click 'Repair your Computer'.
    >
    > If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.
    >
    > File: \windows\system32\windload.exe
    >
    > Status: 0xc000000e
    >
    > Info: the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.
    > ----------------------
    >
    > I tried restoring both of the two different backups I had - but I got the same reboot screen.
    > So I then tried a different hard drive, again trying both of the backup images - but I got the same reboot screen.
    > I'm thinking maybe Vista uses a file system that is beyond the capabilites of NG2003 but thats only a guess.
    >
    > So if it transpires that my Norton Ghost days are over, can anyone recommend a good imaging/cloning program that will work with
    > Windows Vista drives and also work from a boot floppy? I don't like doing backups from Windows, I like a good old fashioned boot
    > floppy.
    > Thanks for any help.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >


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  6. #5


    retired fire Guest

    RE: Vista and Norton Ghost 2003 (not)

    Complete PC Backup feature only available on certain versions of Vista, I
    think Ultimate and Business Vista but works great....

    "tonj" wrote:

    > I ran straight into a brick wall with this combination. I've been using (and swearing by) Norton Ghost 2003 for years to backup and
    > restore my hard drives, right from my Windows 98 days to Windows XP. But in the last month I've installed Windows Vista Home
    > Premium on a test machine and using NG2003 I did one backup (to image file) of the very first virgin install, and another backup
    > (again to image file) on a fully setup Vista install. Because I'm only testing I did not activate the installation. Today I got the
    > dreaded blue screen of death (dodgy driver update I think) so I went for a restore using the NG2003 floppy boot disc but it didn't
    > work. After the restore had finished I rebooted the machine but the bootup screen stops early and says:
    >
    > ----------------------
    > Windows failed to start.A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
    >
    > 1) Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer
    > 2) Choose your language settings and then click Next
    > 3) Click 'Repair your Computer'.
    >
    > If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.
    >
    > File: \windows\system32\windload.exe
    >
    > Status: 0xc000000e
    >
    > Info: the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.
    > ----------------------
    >
    > I tried restoring both of the two different backups I had - but I got the same reboot screen.
    > So I then tried a different hard drive, again trying both of the backup images - but I got the same reboot screen.
    > I'm thinking maybe Vista uses a file system that is beyond the capabilites of NG2003 but thats only a guess.
    >
    > So if it transpires that my Norton Ghost days are over, can anyone recommend a good imaging/cloning program that will work with
    > Windows Vista drives and also work from a boot floppy? I don't like doing backups from Windows, I like a good old fashioned boot
    > floppy.
    > Thanks for any help.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >


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  7. #6



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    I restored Vista Vith Ghost 2003 successfully. It does require some work around depending on how your system looks like:
    - You are a single booter, meaning that you have only Vista Installed on drive C:
    - Your are a Dual booter, having XP on drive C: and Vista on another drive (V: in my case)
    I have the dual boot configuration which I tested and found to work. I did not test the single boot configuration, saw some reports of people who did and claimed that it worked. The drawback of a single boot configuration is that with dual boot you can boot into XP, perform the necessary work around on Vista and then boot into Vista. In single boot you depend completely on the Vista repair facilities. Again I did not test this but I belive that performing repair as the error message suggest will solve the problem and repair the system.

    In dual boot configuration there are 2 things to watch for and work around before booting into Vista.

    1. Vista ( and I thing even XP) are disk signature sensitive meaning that your disk signature data in the registery as restored by Ghost 2003 is outdated. Consequently Vista Invalidates your BCD data and marks your vista boot device as unknow.

    2.Yow want your original Vista to be installed on a Drive that is next in mount order. That means that if you Inseert a new disk to the system to install Vista on the system assigns automatically a drive letter to your disk (say I. If you installed Vista on that drive, devices D-H must exist on your system while you restore and boot Vista succcessfully for the first time. This because Vista reconfigures the device letter in its registery upon ite first boot to the next available device letter and if any of the D-H devices are missing it will assign a letter different from the letter the system was installed on. Without a workaround, you will be able to boot but not to log in.

    To perform a restoration, you either boot from your Ghost 2003 floppy or you boot into Window XP and perform Ghost restoration of your Vista drive from there (in which case ghost reboots the system to PC dos, performs the recovery and reboots, make sure that you select boot to XP and not to Vista).
    When booted into XP you do 3 things:
    1.Check that the Vista drive is assigned its original letter. If not use "manage" to change the letter to the original letter.

    2. Inpect and repair you BCD data by running the vista BCDEDIT command. You must give the full cpmmand path starting from the Vista drive (I:\Windows\system32\BCDEDIT if Vista is installed on I. Check that for your Vista boot record (identified as {DEFAULT} on my system) the parameter device and the parameter osdevice are asigned the value "partition=I:" (if I: is your Vista drive). chances are that they are assigned the value unknow in which case use the BCDEDIT /Set syntax to modify the value.

    3.In the case where your Vista drive (I: in our example) is no longer the next in order (because one or several of D-H are no longer there) you must update the Vista registery with the correct disk signature data manually to stop vista doing this automatically upon boot to vista and assigning the wrong drive letter. To do this you load temporarily the Vista Registery Key hive into the XP registery and you copy the correct data SYSTEM\MountedDevices\DosDevices\I: (I: in this example being the Vista drive) from the XP key to the Vista Key. This is how you do this:
    a. run regedt32.exe
    b. select HKEY_USERS and from the Registery menu select load hive
    c. In the File selection window select I:\Windows\System32\Config\SYSTEM
    d. The next notice asks you for a Key value chose a non existing name such as TEMP_VISTA_SYSTEM. As a result you have now TEMP_VISTA_SISTEM as a brunch of HKEY_USERS
    e. copy the data (binary modification) from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\DosDevices\I: to HKEY_USERS\TEMP_VISTA_SISTEM\MountedDevices\DosDevices\I: use the edit modify binary menu item to do this.
    f. unload the TEMP_VISTA_SISTEM hive. (select it and chose unload hive from the file menu).

    After this you are pretty much ready to go. Reboot into Vista and enjoy.

    All this sound much and complicated and it took me a while to set it sorted, most of it is google research work I found Moving an Entire Installation a helpful starting point with some good references for details

    To the question whether all this is worth the bother, why not use the Vista Backup and restore instead?

    I have 4 reasons for that

    1. Ghost 2003 is nice, its a shame to just let it go.
    2. Vista backup and restore will not find your DVD based backup unless you insert the DVDS in the revered order (last DVD inserted first)
    3. Vista Backup and restore forces you to resdtore into the exact same disks, something that in many cases you cannot do:
    - I must have at least one verifyed backup. To verify a backup I will not restore it to my original disks and have them destroied leaving me with noting, I will remove my original disks and connect test disk instead. These are my older disks they are smaller they have enough space for the backup. With Vista Backup and Restore I cannot use them
    - The scenario that your disk broke down and you use a new disk. Chances are that you will have a bigger disk now because your original 40g disk is no longer available. Some people reported that Sita Backup and Restore wont accept the bigger disk neither, so now you have to partition this disk and create a smaller partition on that disk exect like your original. Not something you want to be doing.
    - Vista Backup and Restore will restore both your XP and Vista Disk. I dont want my XP disk to be touched because this disk is fine and I dont want to loose any XP data because of a Vista disk failure.

    /Adam

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  8. #7


    maxeffect Guest

    Re: Vista and Norton Ghost 2003 (not)


    I am an IT service provider. Have been using Ghost 2003 for years also.
    Mainly for the "boot to cd"/dos abilities. Regardless, I just wanted to
    say that

    when you use Ghost 2003 to clone drives in vista, it will work,

    but you must run a vista anytime upgrade (or other OS cd) and choose
    the REPAIR option.

    It just takes a second to update the partitions, then boots correctly.


    Good luck.

    Maxeffect


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  9. #8


    Michael Guest

    Re: Vista and Norton Ghost 2003 (not)

    "maxeffect" <maxeffect.42q8za@newsgroup> wrote in message
    news:maxeffect.42q8za@newsgroup

    >
    > I am an IT service provider. Have been using Ghost 2003 for years also.
    > Mainly for the "boot to cd"/dos abilities. Regardless, I just wanted to
    > say that
    >
    > when you use Ghost 2003 to clone drives in vista, it will work,
    >
    > but you must run a vista anytime upgrade (or other OS cd) and choose
    > the REPAIR option.
    >
    > It just takes a second to update the partitions, then boots correctly.
    >
    >
    > Good luck.
    >
    > Maxeffect
    >
    >
    > --
    > maxeffect
    Why thank you for those words of wisdom on a THREE YEAR OLD POST! Anyone
    still using Ghost 2003, a 10 YEAR OLD PROGRAM on Vista or 7, they deserve
    all problems they encounter!
    --


    "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."



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