Restoring an image backupTo restore a hard disk using the image, you'll need to boot from the Windows Vista DVD. You'll then see two Install Windows screens and will select your language in the first and then select the Repair your computer option in the second. When you get to the Windows Recovery Environment screen, you'll select the Complete PC Restore option and follow the prompts to restore your system.
In addition to its standard file backup utility, Windows Vista's Complete PC Backup imaging utility is designed to allow you to create an image of an entire hard disk. If you have comments or information to share about Windows Vista's Complete PC Backup, please take a moment to drop by the Discussion area and let us hear.
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