Image for Windows activation key

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by WYC999, Jun 5, 2013.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. WYC999

    WYC999 Registered Member

    Jul 6, 2011

    i'm using the trial version of IFW. I now want to make an image of C and restore it. Will i be asked an activation key during the restoration of image? Will i have any trouble starting windows again?

    P.S. I got an error message while trying to start the restore from windows ("unable to lock C.. Maybe windows is using that partition). Is that you can not initiate a restore of Systempartition from running windows, so that you need to use bootmedia?

    Last edited: Jun 5, 2013
  2. MudCrab

    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

    Nov 3, 2006
    You will be asked for a key when IFW starts and will have to wait a few seconds before you can continue. It won't interfere with Windows starting.

    "Unable to lock" usually means something is using the drive/partition. Sounds like you're trying to restore the Windows partition of the running system. If so, that can only be restored outside Windows. Use IFD / IFL / TBWinRE / TBWinPE.

    Note that if you multi-boot you can use IFW in a running Windows system to restore the Windows partition of other non-running systems on the computer.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.