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I am imaging Lenovo Yoga 11e laptops running Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit using Ghost Solutions Suite 2.5.

I have worked with a Symantec tech to create a bootable UBS drive with the proper drivers with will work with UEFI.  I use the bootable USB drive to boot the master and slave laptops to initiate a Peer-to-Peer disk to disk image.   The process runs without error.  At the the end of the imaging process I reboot the slave computer and instead of Windows 8.1 starting up I see the following error message:

Recovery
Your PC needs to be repaired.
A required device isn't connected or can't be accessed.
Error code 0xc0000225
You'll need to use the recovery tools on your installation media. If you don't have any installation media like a disc or USB device, contact your system administrator or PC manufacturer.

The computer will not boot. It just keeps coming to this screen.

Any suggestions you have are greatly appreciated.
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Are you doing backup to a file or making a clone of the internal drive?
This problem occurs when you take clone image. This way UEFI thinks you have two identical GPT drives and this makes it crazy.
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I was attempting to clone directly from one to the other (via a switch).  

Would a better way be to create an image file and then restore the image file to the subsequent laptops?  Do I need to SYSPREP the original laptop before I create the image file using Ghost?

Thank you for your assistance.
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noxcho earned 500 total points
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Yes, image - restore is preferable.
If the hardware is the same - then you do not need to do any sysprep. It must work ok.
Only if Ghost knows how to handle the EFI boot.
Are all Laptops UEFI compatible?
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All the laptops are identical in make and model -- Lenovo Yoga 11e with Win 8.1 Pro 64 bit.   All same hardware.
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Then it should be ok. Give it a try.
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Creating an image file and then restoring the image file on subsequent laptops worked.  Thanks for the assistance.
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Thank you for feedback.
Take care
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