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Made a clone, disk backup of my laptop (Vista)using Norton Ghost V12. Image restores but vista will not log on

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Made a clone, disk backup of my laptop using Norton Ghost V12. When I restored the image for testing the restore goes fine. When I log the screen it comes up with loading desktop items and stays on that screen any suggestions is this a vista issue?
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I've had trouble with ghost on Vista before.  I'd put the Vista disc in and boot from it, it will often detect a problem with the installed Vista and offer to repair it, if not there is a repair option that should just replace the system files leaving the data in tact.
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can I suggest you use Vista's built in Backup and Restore instead? The generated .VHD can even be viewed (and files copied) using a MS tool called VHDMount.
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Thanks for feedback guys. On comment one I have tried to repair using the vista installation disk but does not seem to have have detected any errors. I am not in trouble with data just testing ghost with vista. I want a image soltuion for Vista. The problem now is I cannot log on to test laptop any suggestions on the issue of restoring the ghost v12 image where desktop items do not load
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are you restoring to the same hardware that you ghosted from?
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Has the system drive letter changed?  I've seen odd things with ghost and drive letters and Windows doesn't like it.

Otherwise... On XP I would suggest that the profile is borked and to log in as Administrator to create a new user account and see how that goes.  But the Administrator account is disabled by default in Vista and the only way to enable it if you can't log in AFAIK is to boot a Hiren's CD, run Active Password Reset and enable it from there.

As for imaging I always like to use Drive Snapshot from http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/ . The site looks a bit 1997 and the software isn't all prettied up like Norton but it does the job, fast.  You can even mount the images as drive letters.
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Thanks caffenated Tech. I was searching for Hiren's CD was looking at some sites not sure if I am offical page do you have a link for download. Sorry for the hand holding under pressure with this one
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You'll have to grab it from your favorite torrent site as the guy who makes it does not offer a direct link to it.  Version 9.3 seems to be the latest.
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