Following is a simplified version of the Macrium Reflect backup image restore process, note this sort of software and process is for more advanced users, I have only shown the main steps. USE CAUTION that you don't restore an image over all your data this is an advanced procedure that ERASES the entire contents of your PC.
STEP ONE: Backup the entire PC if you are in any doubt that there may be files that you need to recover.
Boot from the Macrium recovery disk, normally this will require tapping DEL, F10, or F12 during the boot process depending on your PC. "press any key when prompted"
Allow the Macrium recovery environment to start
Click on the restore tab (1 below), then browse for an image file (2 below)
Select your recovery image from its stored location, normally on another USB drive which you will find under "Devices with removable storage" (see 1 below), In this case its is on a second hard drive in the PC (see 2 below). Note that drive letters will probably be different than in Windows
Click on OK (see 3 below)
Once the backup is selected click restore image (see 1 below).
You may have to chose the drive to restore "to" (especially in the case of restoring to a different PC), make sure you chose the correct hard drive. Its useful to understand we are restoring the entire hard drive from with the backup image and restoring it over the entire main "boot" hard drive in the PC (for this simple application). Restoring only certain partitions is beyond the scope of this simple guide.
Ensure that the checkbox "copy selected partitions when I click next" is checked
The entire hard drive will be erased and the image will be restored.
When complete, remove all the USB drives and restart the PC, Windows should start and if this is a different PC it should locate the specific drivers for the new PC. The PC may restart several times during this process.
Macrium doesn't always seam to auto scale all the partitions to fit on the drive in the instance that you get an error about not enough space before the actual restore starts you may uncheck certain partition iof not required, in the instance below I could uncheck the Last pation (see 1 below) as this is not required.
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