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  • I made a complete back up image of my PC on DVDs but I cannot get them to load.  I pushed F8 at startup but did not get the option to repair my computer or start the restore process.  I have selected that the optical drive is first to boot but that doesn't seem to matter.  How do I restore my laptop from my dvd images?

    Monday, September 15, 2008 1:19 PM

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  • Nancy,


    Hi - I'm not a MS MVP or anything, but I went through this exact same thing a while back. The backups you make using CompletePC Backup in Vista aren't a bootable image - you need to use the Vista restore utility to restore them. In order to do that you're going to need to boot into the Windows Recovery Environmant (WinRE) and select the 'System Restore' option. There are two ways you can boot into WinRE - you can boot your Vista installation DVD, which takes you into WinRE, or, if you're like me and your system vendor didn't give you a Vista install DVD, you can create your own WinRE bootable image. There are a number of web sites that explain how to make a bootable WinRE image, using a CD or USB drive. Here are a couple of sites that explain how:






    http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/windows-vista-recovery-disc-download/ (has a downloadable WinRE image)


    It's a somewhat complex process, and you have to follow the instructions exactly, but the result is worth it. My subnotebook doesn't have an integrated DVD drive, so having a bootable USB drive with WinRE on it has saved me a number of time while traveling.


    Hope this helps.



    Monday, September 15, 2008 4:36 PM
  • I'm not sure that this solution is within the realm of my skills; it sounds very complicated and I'm concerned that I might make things worse.  I did not receive the Vista disk either; I've got a recovery partition built in which I used to bring the laptop back to original but of course I lost all of my programs, etc.  I'm not an experienced Vista user so this is very confusing to me.  I used the Windows Complete PC backup to make the back up dvd's (it's on Vista Business) and did not realize that it would be this difficult to use them

    Monday, September 15, 2008 5:40 PM
  • Dear John,

    Can I restore 2 differ complete backup points? btw, can I even do 2 complete backup with differ software installed on the differ software?


    help URGENTLY !!!


    thanks in advanced.



    Joshua aka Chickie

    Thursday, November 20, 2008 2:34 AM