Full restore of a workstation using Windows NT backup

Posted on 2011-10-18
Last Modified: 2012-08-13

I have a workstation, I created a full backup a few months ago using the nt backup. Now I changed the hard drive, installed a fresh windows (without updates) and did a full restore from that backup (including system state and so on). But when I started the machines it hangs after the login screen and does not show anything besides the desktop wallpaper. I entered in safe mode - it installed some drivers for the hdd, rebooted and the same thing. Should I try to update the windows before the full restore ?
Question by:goliveuk

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    Ups, I missed that the OS is windows xp home edition
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    you can't restore to the installation that you are running from in ntbackup.  you will be trying to overwrite files that are in use.  i have never used ntbackup to do a complete restore but i guess if you connect the hard drive that you are restoring to on another computer as an extra drive (not the OS tha is in use) and restore to it then it may work.  just make sure the partition is marked as active and is the primary partition in disk management after you've completed your restore (diskmgmt.msc right click on the partition and select mark as active).  it's better to use disk imaging tools for this than backup.  ntbackup is better for file backup only.  i use driveimage xml (free private edition) but there are many out there that work the same.  also you may need to check your boot config file after restore to make sure it's setup properly to boot to the correct partition where the os is installed.

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