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System Image Recovery 5:11-7:25 Now before you can use System Image Recovery, obviously you have to have created a system image at some point. Now when you run System Image Recovery, what it's going to do is restore that system image, which will take the entire system back to the state and time that it was in, when the system image backup was created. Here you can see that the last time I took a system image backup was on 3/11 and that was about three days ago. So that means that my system including my user files, will all be reverted to the state they were in three days ago when the system image backup was created. I actually don't use this option unless it's an emergency, because I'm very likely to lose my data that I've been working on, on the system. However, it is still a good option for getting the system back up and running again. It's a better option than doing a reinstall, because if we reinstall Windows, we're going to have to reinstall all of our applications, restore our data from backup, and apply all the updates that have been released since the installation disk was created. It takes roughly about a half a day to a day to accomplish this task. This option on the other hand will take me back a couple of days in time, but the system will be in a functional workable state, and it will probably take an hour or two depending on how big the hard drive is on the system in question. The only issue here is, I'll have to go back and redo all the work that I've done since this system image backup was taken. Hopefully I also have a separate backup containing just my user data files that I can use to actually restore the latest backup. Either way though, I'm still going to lose data. That's why I save this option towards the last. So let's click on Next. We need to format and repartition the disks. This will delete any existing partitions and reformat all disks on the computer to match the layout of the system image. We'll click Next. It tells us the approximate date and time to which the system is going to be reverted by reinstalling the image. I'll click Finish, and it warns us, "Hey, ya know, you're about to reformat all of your hard disk drives in the system. Are you sure you want to do this?" In this situation, we're going to say, "Yes." And now, we just have to sit back and wait. It will take several hours to complete. Summary 7:26-7:46 That's it for this demonstration. In this demo, we talked about options for recovering a damaged Windows system. We first looked at the reset option that's available on Windows 10, it's also available on Windows 8 as well. Then we looked at restoring from a restore point. We then talked about using the Startup Repair option. And then we ended this lesson by looking at restoring the system from a system image backup.
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