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Create a Macrium Reflect Rescue Partition

Macrium Reflect is my chosen solution for backing up Windows operating systems. Your mileage might vary, and you might prefer another third-party solution. But for me, having tested most available products, Reflect is the one I rely on. After a clean install of Windows, having installed Reflect, I always create a small bootable Macrium Reflect

Fix Windows boot issues with Macrium Reflect

We’ve all seen the dreaded Recovery screen or another error message reporting that the PC could not boot. Sometimes, nothing is shown, just a blank black screen. A common repair/recovery method is to try to boot into the Windows Recovery Console either from USB install media or WinPE and let Windows try to repair the

Macrium Reflect – Free or Paid version?

Microsoft officially proclaimed they will deprecate the native Windows Backup when it released the Fall Creators Update (version 1709) back in October, 2017 (source). The company also recommended that users switch to third party imaging and backup tools instead. In fact, the Windows Backup utility, although still present in version 19H1, is not and never

Trying to troubleshoot failing Insider upgrade

A few days ago I wrote about my efforts in upgrading a Windows Insider build from 18898 to 18908 (full story). Despite several successful upgrades to new Insider builds beforehand, that upgrade failed every time. I tried everything I could think of, and everything I know, to fix this, but failed miserably on all attempts.

Toolkit Item: Code Writer

When it comes to Windows management, network administration, deployment and other computing stuff, I want to do as much as possible using built-in Windows tools and utilities. As I have often said, I use no third party optimizers, tweakers, downloaders, cleaners and other snake oil stuff. For me, the main principle in Windows management and

Macrium viBoot & A hassle-free, no risk Windows 10 upgrade

If you’re using Macrium Reflect as your backup and imaging solution, be aware that it comes with an excellent tool that can update, upgrade and maintain your image backups. It’s called Macrium viBoot, and it’s worth getting to know. As a keen and avid Windows Insider, I’ve had my share of Windows upgrades  fail for various reasons. Fortunately,

Macrium Technician – a tool for IT admins

I am and have been a Macrium Reflect fan for a long time now. In my personal opinion, Reflect is the best imaging application available to both consumers and corporate environments. That’s the reason why I contacted Macrium asking for a trial license for the Technician Edition, to see how it differs from standard Reflect