Backup Complete Computer

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How to Create a Complete Computer Backup and Restore Image in Vista
Synopsis
This will show you how to create a Complete Computer Backup and Restore Image. This is only for the Vista Enterprise, Ultimate, and Business versions.
How to Create a Complete Computer Backup and Restore Image in Vista

information   Information
Windows Complete PC Backup creates a backup image, which contains copies of your programs, system settings, and files. The backup image is then stored in a separate location from the original programs, settings, and files. You can use this backup image to restore the contents of your computer if your hard disk or entire computer ever stops working. For more information, see: Windows Help and How-to: Back up your programs, system settings, and files
Note   Note
BACKUP LOCATION:


A) If you want to delete or copy the entire WindowsImageBackup folder to save it to another location to keep a copy of it, you will need to open each subfolder in the WindowsImageBackup folder and grant access permission to them first by clicking Continue twice for eace folder. You will then be able to copy this folder like any other folder. You may want to do this because when a new Complete PC Backup is made it can overwrite the previous Complete PC Backup with the differences to create the new backup.
  • Backups are saved in a folder with this format: (backup drive letter)\WindowsImageBackup\(your computer name)\Backup (year-month-day) (time)
  • If the backup was done on Local Disk D: at 9/7/2007 1:00:50 PM (It uses 24 hour time), then the full backup file path would be:
  • D:\WindowsImageBackup\Computer\Backup 2007-09-07 130050
  • You would right click the folder Backup 2007-09-07 130050 and click Delete to delete that backup.
B) To delete all but the most recent Complete PC Backup, you can use Disk Cleanup. You will just need to select the drive that the complete PC backups are stored on and select the More Options tab.


C) To delete the Complete PC Backup completely, you just need to take ownership of the WindowsImageBackup folder and subfolders. Afterwards, you will be able to delete the folder.
warning   Warning

  • Windows Complete PC Backup is only available in the Vista Enterprise, Ultimate, and Business editions.
  • Vista cannot backup the partition or drive that you are saving the complete backup to.
  • If you dual boot with Windows XP, then everytime you start in XP the System Restore Points and all except the most recent Complete PC Backup files in Vista get deleted. For how, see: How to Stop System Restore Points from being Deleted in Vista when Dual Booting with XP
  • You cannot restore a 32 bit Vista version complete pc backup on a 64 bit Vista version, or the other way around.






Here's How:
1. Open Control Panel. (Classic View)​
2. Click on the Backup and Restore Center icon.​
3. Click on the Back up Computer button. (See screenshot below)​
4. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.​
Backup_Computer.jpg

5. You will see this for a moment as Vista searches for backup devices. (See screenshot below)​
Looking.jpg

6. Dot the location to save the backup image to. (See screenshot below)​
WARNING: Vista cannot backup the partition or drive that you are saving the complete backup to.​
A) On a Hard Disk: For saving to a different hard drive or partition.​
NOTE: You cannot save the backup image on the same partition as Vista is installed on. It can only be saved on another partition, a separate hard drive, USB device (external hard drive), or on multiple DVDs. If you wish to create a new partition for backups, then see: How to Shrink and Create a Partition with Disk Management in Vista
B) On One or More DVDs: For saving to multiple DVDs that are bigger than 1 GB in size each.​
C) Click on Next.​
Choose_Location.jpg


7. Click Start backup to confirm the backup settings and start the backup process. (See screenshots below)​
NOTE: This will tell you how much space will be used on the other hard drive, or how many DVDs it will take.
WARNING: If you have a previous complete PC backup in this location, this complete backup will only backup the differences between now and when the previous backup was made. (See the right screenshot below)​
Confirm_Backup.jpgPrevious_Backup.jpg

8. You will now see this window. (See screenshot below)​
Preparing.jpg

9. If you selected On One or More DVDs (step 6), then this window will pop-up asking for the first DVD. (See screenshot below)​
A) Insert a blank DVD into the DVD drive and click on OK.​
NOTE: It will continue to ask for DVDs until it is finished. See step 7 to see how many DVDs will be required.
Insert_Disk.jpg


10. When the backup is completed it will let you know. Click on Close.​
11. Close the Control Panel window.​
That's it,
Shawn


 

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Brink

Staff member
mvp
Hello Nelly,

It would be better to scan first before backing up to help make sure it's a good clean backup, but not necessary though.
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Custom
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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Logitech MX Master 3
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    Logitech wireless K800
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    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

Nelly

Member
Thanks for the quick reply Brink. I thought it would be wise.
I hope you don't mind a quick new question that is off topic.
I have a Freecom external drive advertised aS 160gb but only has 149gb space.
Is this usual ?
 

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Airbot

---------------
Hi Nelly,

If I may interject, it is perfectly normal. It has to do with decimal gigabytes vs binary gigabytes (which a computer sees it as) and the ratio between the two.

decimal gigabyte=1,000,000,000 bytes
binary gigabyte= 1,073,741,824 bytes
ratio=0.9313225

160 gb x 0.9313225= 149.0116 gb :geek:
 

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    Core i7 920 (D0) @ 4Ghz, 26c idle- 65c full load on air
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    Asus P6X58D Premium -Sata 6Gb/s - USB 3.0
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    12GB Corsair Dominator -CMD12GX3M6A1600C8
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    EVGA Nvidia GTX 480 -Fermi
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    ASUS Xonar D2X
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    LG 24" Flatron W2453V-PF Full HD 1080p 2ms response time
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    1 OCZ Vertex2 180GB SSD
    1 TB Samsung Spinpoint F1 7200RPM 32MB cache
    2 500GB WD Caviar Blacks 7200RPM 32MB cache (WD5001AALS)

    Pioneer DVD Burner DVR-S18M
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    Corsair HX1000W
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    Cooler Master HAF 932
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    Case Fans -3 230mm, 1 140mm/CPU - Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
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    Logitech Wireless MK700
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    Logitech Wireless MK700
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    100 MBPS DL 30.17Mbps UL 0.98Mbps
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    Windows 7
    Processor-7.7 RAM- 7.9 Graphics-7.9 Gaming Graphics- 7.9 HDD- 7.8

    W.E.I final score= 7.7

    Windows Vista=5.9

Nelly

Member
Thanks Airbot :party:

Disappointed and angry feelings of having been ripped off have abated.
Just noticed my others drives are the same 80gb is actually 74.5gb, 200gb is actually 186gb.

Always like to get something "techy" for Christmas and a drive is all the budget would allow. :geek:

Apologies again for going "off topic and off Vista". :eek:
 

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Nelly

Member
Hi Shawn,

Windows Complete PC Backup will back up everything like those system files, updated definitions, installed software & icons setting(i've done alot of customization)... etc?


Exchanged my external drive for 320 gigger (kudos to Amazon)
I've performed the Windows Complete PC Backup and just as this tutorial said it worked flawlessly.
Has it also backed up media files eg movies etc ? :o
 

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Brink

Staff member
mvp
Hi Nelly,

A Complete PC Backup is basically a clone of your entire hard drive. Everything is included, and when restored everything will be restored exactly as is was when the backup was made.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech MX Master 3
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    Logitech wireless K800
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    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

Brink

Staff member
mvp
You're welcome Nelly.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

sygnus21

Here to learn
Vista Guru
Hi Nelly,

A Complete PC Backup is basically a clone of your entire hard drive. Everything is included, and when restored everything will be restored exactly as is was when the backup was made.

Hope this helps,
Shawn


Just to be sure - When you say entire hard drive, I assume that means all partitions as well? Like most people, I have partitions on the drive and wouldn't want the other partitions touched, just the OS partition should I need to do a restore. Is this possible with Complete PC Backup? Can I just restore a partition?


Thanks
 

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    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz
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    Intel D975XBX2
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    Corsair TWIN2X4096-PC8500 (2x2GHz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 4890 (1GHz)
    Sound Card
    X-Fi Titanium - Fatality Pro Series
    Monitor(s) Displays
    hp w2207h (22" widescreen)
    Screen Resolution
    1680 x 1050
    Hard Drives
    One 750GB, 2x500GB Western Digital Caviar Black Hard Drives (32meg)
    PSU
    Antec Neo HE 550
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    Zalman CNPS9500 AT
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Revolution
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    Logitech Wireless Wave
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    "High" Speed DSL? Is that like low speed FIOS?
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    Q6600 B3 Revision OC to 3.0GHz

Brink

Staff member
mvp
Hi Sygnus,

Sorry, it is the entire C: drive or partion that Vista is on that is backed up. You can then use the complete PC backup to restore it on any size drive or partition. :)
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

Nelly

Member
Hi Sygnus,

Sorry, it is the entire C: drive or partion that Vista is on that is backed up. You can then use the complete PC backup to restore it on any size drive or partition. :)


An excellent question Sygnus and an excellent answer Brink (I didn't know I needed to know this)

I'm a dual booter with XP and without this information a clean install could have caused immeasurable misery.
Thanks again :D
 

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sygnus21

Here to learn
Vista Guru
Hi Sygnus,

Sorry, it is the entire C: drive or partion that Vista is on that is backed up. You can then use the complete PC backup to restore it on any size drive or partition. :)


An excellent question Sygnus and an excellent answer Brink (I didn't know I needed to know this)

I'm a dual booter with XP and without this information a clean install could have caused immeasurable misery.
Thanks again :D

I thought that was the case but I needed to be sure. If you're looking for something that won't wipe the rest of the partitions get Acronis True Image 2009
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel D975XBX2
    Memory
    Corsair TWIN2X4096-PC8500 (2x2GHz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 4890 (1GHz)
    Sound Card
    X-Fi Titanium - Fatality Pro Series
    Monitor(s) Displays
    hp w2207h (22" widescreen)
    Screen Resolution
    1680 x 1050
    Hard Drives
    One 750GB, 2x500GB Western Digital Caviar Black Hard Drives (32meg)
    PSU
    Antec Neo HE 550
    Case
    Antec P182
    Cooling
    Zalman CNPS9500 AT
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Revolution
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless Wave
    Internet Speed
    "High" Speed DSL? Is that like low speed FIOS?
    Other Info
    Q6600 B3 Revision OC to 3.0GHz

Brink

Staff member
mvp
Hi Sygnus,

Sorry, it is the entire C: drive or partion that Vista is on that is backed up. You can then use the complete PC backup to restore it on any size drive or partition. :)


An excellent question Sygnus and an excellent answer Brink (I didn't know I needed to know this)

I'm a dual booter with XP and without this information a clean install could have caused immeasurable misery.
Thanks again :D

You're welcome Nelly.

As Sygnus as suggested, Acronis True Image is a great choice if you need to clone the entire hard drive partitions and all.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

robertpri

Member
Color me stupid. My one week old Asus G50 Vista64 crashes and burned when I tried to install an HP printer. "No problem," I thought, because my 'how-to' booklet says to merely insert the recovery DVD and select, "repair". Just like XP, eh?

Wrong.

It was a scorched earth wipe out recovery disk, and lost everything. 12 hours later, still installing programs. Then i googled this site and learned what i should have done FIRST!
Oh well, I have it now.

I backed everything to an externa 200gb drive. Is this as good as Acronis? I donn't ever want to go through this again. I also created the ISO file, thanks to another thread on this forum, so I should be ready for the next [when?] vista disaster.

many thanks
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
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Brink

Staff member
mvp
You're welcome Robert, and welcome to Vista Forums. Hopefully you will not have to many more problems.

Since you have Home Premium instead of Ultimate, you do not have the Complete PC Backup feature, but only the Backup File types instead. :(
A 3rd party backup program like Acronis will allow you to do a complete hard drive backup instead.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

robertpri

Member
Since you have Home Premium instead of Ultimate, you do not have the Complete PC Backup feature, but only the Backup File types instead. :(

Ouch! So, I don't really have a backup?

If I had to use it, what would I lose? [not clear on what backup file types mean].

Dumb question, but I have Vice Versa Pro2 for business with volume shadow copy that copies even active files. It works like a charm for the office 2003 server. Yes, I should ask those people but perhaps you might know if something like VVPro would work?

It makes true copies of every file, not images, and not one giant compressed file.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Asus G50Vt plus two XP shop machines used for trouble-shooting client problems

Brink

Staff member
mvp
Not really Robert. This will just create backups for the file types (ex: Documents, Email, etc.) that you have selected to be backed up. If you lose Vista then this will only restore the selected backed up files after reinstalling Vista and programs. The link in the post will show you more about it, but a true backup will create a cloned image of your hard drive. It will restore everything.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

robertpri

Member
Heh, remember, you said there are no dumb questions.

With that in mind, I did make the backup per the pages shown. It's scheduled to run every 7 days. BUT, even with this, I would still have to re-install vista and all the programs?

Ergo: get acronis?
 

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Brink

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LOL, no worries Robert.

Yep, it only backs up the selected files and not Vista. :(

Getting something like Acronis, or Ultimate, would get you a comple Vista and hard drive backup.
 

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c3ajeff

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I did the complete backup on my Vista Business x32 laptop and it finished properly. I stored the backup on an NTFS formatted, USB-attached hard drive. So far, so good.

I bought a new laptop that has Vista Ultimate x64 on it and I wanted to selectively restore some files, however my restore program says that there are no backup files on the USB hard drive. Now I can see them, why can't the backup utility?

I even shared the folder that the backup is in and tried to mount it using advanced restore/shared folder on the network. No joy.

What is going on? I've Googled this and I see lots of other folks with the same problem but I'm not seeing any difinitive answers. Any ideas??
 

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