ShadowProtect Success – Vista and Server 2008 Restores – Phillip is THE Man

Tomorrow morning some of the good folks from ShadowProtect are in town buying me and many colleagues breakfast and Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and having a nice presentation.  So I thought I’d publish this topical reference I found this past week.

Found this great article by accident and wanted to say thanks to Phillip Elder for figuring this out and sharing this information.  I know a few colleagues that will appreciate learning this ShadowProtect trick.

**below from the linked post***

First Successful Windows Vista ShadowProtect Restore! No Winload.exe Error!

We have had a very disappointing series of problems with restoring any Windows Vista images made by ShadowProtect.

Many black screens later, there is finally information out there on the “why” the problem happens. The main reason has to do with the way Vista keeps track of the system’s partitioning and OS location.

Apparently the newer versions of Acronis’ imaging product compensates for this new partition management structure in Windows Vista. Unfortunately, the folks at StorageCraft are a little behind the game on this topic.

The last restore attempt we made with a client’s system failed with a WinLoad.exe error.

So, it turns out, after a lot of searching, that one needs to perform a preparatory step on the Windows Vista box before creating the ShadowProtect image:

bcdedit /set {default} device boot
bcdedit /set {default} osdevice boot
bcdedit /set {bootmgr} device boot
bcdedit /set {memdiag} device boot

Place the above series of commands into a batch file and run the batch file As Administrator on the soon to be imaged Windows Vista box.


One response to “ShadowProtect Success – Vista and Server 2008 Restores – Phillip is THE Man

  1. You are welcome! 🙂


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