Windows 8 - cannot restore a Windows 7 Image disk backup I made. The restore application refuses to see the backup on the ex drive

I took a image backup of my windows 8 installation before attempting the windows 8.1 upgrade.

I now want to restore the image backup (was made in advanced settings using the windows 7 image backup tool.

I boot into the install DVD or USB key and go to Troubleshoot,advanced,system image recovery
But, the re-image your computer tool refuses to show me the backups I made on the external drive.

Select a system image just shows an empty list.   (but if I go back and into a dos box I can move to the external drive ok)

Any suggestions anyone?  I really want/need to restore this image backup
You can't restore a System Image made in Windows 8 on a System 8.1. Just can't be done.  Hope this helps and if you need further assistance post and we will be glad to assist you.


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Thanks but the thing is Im not trying to do that.
I have restored to the blank basic Win8 from the restore media, back to how it was, and to the version I took the backup from.

But if I boot into the advanced menu, and try to restore the image, it doesn't recognise the image backup.  What use is a backup tool when it doesn't work!

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Hi,

 

I would suggest that you refer the links and check if it helps.

 

What happened to Backup and Restore?

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/windows-8/what-happened-to-backup-restore

(Applies to Windows 8 as well)

 

Backup and Recovery of Windows 8 & Windows 8.1 - Tip-of-the-Day

http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithmayer/archive/2013/09/17/backup-amp-recovery-of-windows-8-windows8-itpro-tipoftheday.aspx

 

Let us know the status.

 

 

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