I ran straight into a brick wall with this combination. I've been using (and swearing by) Norton Ghost 2003 for years to backup and
restore my hard drives, right from my Windows 98 days to Windows XP. But in the last month I've installed Windows Vista Home
Premium on a test machine and using NG2003 I did one backup (to image file) of the very first virgin install, and another backup
(again to image file) on a fully setup Vista install. Because I'm only testing I did not activate the installation. Today I got the
dreaded blue screen of death (dodgy driver update I think) so I went for a restore using the NG2003 floppy boot disc but it didn't
work. After the restore had finished I rebooted the machine but the bootup screen stops early and says:
Windows failed to start.A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1) Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer
2) Choose your language settings and then click Next
3) Click 'Repair your Computer'.
If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.
Info: the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.
I tried restoring both of the two different backups I had - but I got the same reboot screen.
So I then tried a different hard drive, again trying both of the backup images - but I got the same reboot screen.
I'm thinking maybe Vista uses a file system that is beyond the capabilites of NG2003 but thats only a guess.
So if it transpires that my Norton Ghost days are over, can anyone recommend a good imaging/cloning program that will work with
Windows Vista drives and also work from a boot floppy? I don't like doing backups from Windows, I like a good old fashioned boot
Thanks for any help.