How to edit the Windows 7 image backup catalog?

Posted on 2014-03-30
Last Modified: 2016-10-27
My C: drive with all my software and activated Windows 7 died.  I had recent images made with Acronis True Image but they always re-imaged with a missing BOOTMGR.  Tried all I can think of, and the Windows Repair disk was no help.  I have a Windows 7 image I made earlier that, if I can make it go, would at least save me installing everything  My data is all on a backup drive, protected by Carbonite, so data is no proble, just OS and installed software.  I guess I needed to have saved the catalog for the Windows image, because a Restore does not recognized.  So I make an image of my newly installed Windows 7, and it will restore just fine.  I copied my older backup into the WindowsImageBackup folder, but still not recognized.  So I am looking to find out if I can open and edit the Catalog so that my Windows backup from about three weeks ago can be used.

HELP!!!!!  This will be a disasterous loss of time, plus I'll probably have to buy Office again for too many activations.
Question by:Mike Caldwell
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old mike, download the rescuekit from paragon (free), and use the boot corrector tool:      

this should make your image bootable

btw -- i moved from Acronis to  theparagon imaging; easy to use and free :

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by:Mike Caldwell
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nobus, sounds great.  I downloaded the file and burned it to a CD.  Booted through it, but there appears to be no run time OS on it, so Windows did not offer the option to boot to it.  Instead is dropped through to "BOOTMGR not found."  I went back to the web site, and cannot find a hint of how to use the CD.  Can you explain?
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nobus earned 500 total points
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>>   Booted through it,   <<  during boot, do you see "windows files loading" - with white bar scrolling on bottom of screen?
what do you mean axactly with "there appears to be no run time OS on it," and the rest?

do you see these screenshots :
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by:Mike Caldwell
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I'm gonna guess what makes sense:  stay in my Windows environment, open the rescue utility, and show it my image that is not bootable, then bail out of Windows and use the repaired image via the True Image rescue disk.  Right?

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by:Mike Caldwell
ID: 39968294
Ran the utility, tried every option it offered, but still could not get it to go.  I think it is for a damaged disk, not a damaged image.  I appreciate the effort, and the utility is one I will keep.  

I would still welcome a way to create or amend a catalog so my Windows system image would be findable, but not much confidence so I have spent the day re-installing everything from scratch.   Since we diverted down a different path I think I will kill this thread and repost the catalog thing.  I would award points, but in the past when I have done so without a real solution the supervision had canx'd them out.

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by:Mike Caldwell
ID: 39968295
Thanks for the tip.  I'll award points anyway, and leave it up to management.

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ID: 39968512
old mike, if you suspect  disk problems, i can recommend the free UBCD for diags :
Hardware diagnostic CD    UBCD

go to the download page, scroll down to the mirror section, and  click on a mirror to start the download
Download the UBCD and make the cd   <<==on a WORKING PC, and boot the problem PC from it
Here 2 links, one to the general site, and a direct link to the download

since the downloaded file is an ISO file, eg ubcd527.iso - so you need to use an ISO burning tool
if you don't have that software, install cdburnerXP :

If you want also the Ram tested - run memtest86+ at least 1 full pass,  - you should have NO errors!
For disk Diagnostics run the disk diag for your disk brand (eg seagate diag for seagate drive)  from the HDD section -  long or advanced diag !  (runs at least for30 minutes)                        ultimate boot cd             download page

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