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Are You Having Problems Restoring a Windows 7 Computer from Windows Home Server?

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Have you tried to restore a Windows 7 computer from your Windows Home Server and had some strange problems?

If so, then you might want to read the latest TechNet article posted by Microsoft called Windows 7 may not start after you restore the operating system from a restore point on Windows Home Server. The Article ID is: 979499.

Win 7 WHS Article

SYMPTOMS

After you restore Windows 7 on a home computer by using a Windows Home Server Ho…

After you restore Windows 7 on a home computer by using a Windows Home Server Home Computer Restore CD, the home computer may no longer start as expected.

CAUSE

This issue occurs if a hidden system partition is not present on the computer at…

This issue occurs if a hidden system partition is not present on the computer at the time that you restore Windows 7. By default, a hidden system partition is created during the Windows 7 installation. Windows 7 cannot start without this partition.
Note If the original Windows 7-based computer did not contain the hidden system partition when you backed up the computer to the home server, this issue does not occur.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this issue, you must restore Windows 7 on the home computer again, an…

To resolve this issue, you must restore Windows 7 on the home computer again, and then create the missing system partition during the restore process.
To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Insert the Windows Home Server Home Computer Restore CD into the disc drive of the home computer that you want to restore.
  2. Restart the computer, start the computer from the CD, and then follow the instructions in the Restore Wizard to restore the home computer.
  3. On the Choose Volumes to Restore page, click Run Disk Manager (advanced).
  4. Use Disk Management to create a simple volume that has a size of 100MB on the hard disk drive.
    Notes

    • Select the Do not assign a drive letter or drive path option in the New Simple Volume Wizard.
    • Format the volume by using the NTFS file system.
  5. Right-click this 100MB volume, and then click Mark as active.
  6. Create an additional NTFS-formatted volume or volumes for the Windows operating system and for other files.
    Note Make sure that the 100MB source volume is directed to the newly created destination volume.
  7. Click Next to complete the Restore Wizard.

Note Before you start the restore process, your home computer must be connected to the home network by using an Ethernet network cable. In most cases, you cannot use a wireless connection.

The solution is very simple and is worth checking out, and the article has a few additional pieces of information.

Click here to view the full article.

Andrew Edney
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I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Andrew Microsoft still don't have it all right yet.

    This is WRONG…

    E: Copy the Windows Home Server Drivers for Restore folder from the open window to the USB flash drive.

    If you have a 64bit WIndows 7 system these drivers WILL NOT work because the drivers in this file are 64bit drivers. The Restore CD is based on Vista 32bit and because of this the 64bit drivers won't work.

    My advice is for people to do one of two things. Either use Drashna's killer X:files Edition Restore CD or to download Vista 32bit drivers from the hardware manufacture. I'm still testing Windows 7 32bit drivers to see if they will work for a restore.

    fasthair

  2. I'm having this exact problem. I have tried going through the described fix but am confused about one part. On Step F where it states "Note Make sure that the 100MB source volume is directed to the newly created destination volume."

    Does this mean that there is a way to have WHS backup this partition and restore it back? If so, how do you accomplish that?

    • Sorry Derick I just seen this. If your 7 system has this 100MB hidden partition then yes WHS can and does backup this partition. To check run Configure Backups in the Console and check to make sure it is checked as one of the drives to restore. Note some 7 systems do not have this hidden partition, most OEm systems do not. You can check by running Disk Manager in the client and see if it is there.

      fasthair

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