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I am trying to do a complete restore of an x64 Server 2008 os. When I use the install disk and choose the Complete Restore options I get an error that says:
"Windows cannot restore a backup that was created on a different computer architecture.
The backup was created on a computer with a different architecture (x64) than this computer (x86).

This is not the case. The backup was created by the same x64 pc that I am trying to restore to. It seems to be loading x86 backup software that can't restore the x64 image. How can I get x64 images restored using the Server 2008 installation disk?
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Verify that the disk you are using is the x64 version of the disk.

With SBS 2008 Premium, you have both x86 and x64 versions of Windows Server 2008 Standard in the box.

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Do you have a backup of the system? You must be using the x86 DVD. What kind of backup software do you have?
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I am using the built in Microsoft backup software. The disk I am using has both x86 and x64 versions on it. There are not seperate disks.
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Where did you get the disks from because everyone I have gotten 64 and 86 were on different disks. Are you following these instructions?

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770266.aspx
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I do have a complete image of the OS that is available and the Complete PC restore sees it but like MPECSInc says, I need the x64 restore to run but it won't as my installation disk has both x86 and x64 on it. How can I get it to run instead of the x86 restore version?
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To date, I have not seen a combo disk like you are describing.
What version of the primary OS and what licensing type do you have?

Download the x64 Server 2008 Standard ISO from Microsoft's download site and burn it to DVD. Use that.

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MPECSInc had a good suggestion.
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The disk I have is Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition. I will allow me to install and server 2008 version in either x64 or x86. I am running Windows Server 2008 Datacenter from it.

 I like MPECSInc suggestion too and am downloading it now.
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Thanks. Great workaround. Why Microsoft doesn't give the option of x32/x64 on recovery as they do on the installation is frighteningly foolish.
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FYI, The server 2008 standard disk that comes with the microsoft action pack is a combo disk.  Kinda sucks having to download a 2 gig image while the server is down.  
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