Restore a Windows 8 system from a system image

Does any one know how to restore a windows 8 system from a system image and recovery disc created with window 8 (Windows 7 recovery).  I tried serveral times without success.

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Last updated December 15, 2018 Views 3,813 Applies to:

Hi Bernie,


1.      Do you get any error message?

2.      If yes, what is the exact message?


Let’s try these steps to restore Windows 8 from a system image or recovery disk.


To restore using a Windows installation disc or a system repair disc:


1.      Insert the installation disc or system repair disc.

2.      Restart your computer using the computer's power button.

3.      If prompted, press any key to start the computer from the installation disc or system repair disc.


If your computer is not configured to start from a CD or DVD, check the information that came with your computer. You might need to change your computer's BIOS settings. For information about which settings to change, check your computer manufacturer's website. For more information about BIOS, see BIOS: frequently asked questions.


Note: Modifying BIOS/complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) settings incorrectly can cause serious problems that may prevent your computer from booting properly. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the configuring of BIOS/CMOS settings can be solved. Modifications of the settings are at your own risk.


4.      Choose your language settings, and then click Next.

5.      Click Repair your computer.


Note: This step only applies if you are using a Windows installation disc.


6.      Select a recovery option, and then click Next.


To restore using the Recovery Control Panel (recommended):


If your computer is working and you can access Control Panel, or if you want to restore your system image backup onto a different computer, follow these steps:


1. Open Recovery by pressing Windows Key + C, and typing Control Panel. In the search box, type recovery, and then click Recovery.


2. Click Advanced recovery methods.


3. Click Use a system image you created earlier to recover your computer, and then follow the steps.


You may also contact the System Manufacturer in case if you are using the manufacturer’s utility to restore the system image.


Do let us know about the results. We will be happy to assist you further.

K.Z. Sharief Khan
Ex-Microsoft Forum Moderator

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