RESTORE PROGRAMS, SETTINGS, AND DATA
Once Windows has been reinstalled, open Windows Update to bring your fresh operating system fully up to date—don’t be surprised if there are hundreds of updates still to apply in the case of Windows 7 and 8.1. Once it’s completely updated, consider reinstalling Macrium Reflect Free (see page 32), and taking your first drive image—a vanilla backup you can restore in future if needed, instead of reinstalling Windows itself.
If you followed the advice on page 33, you should be able to reinstall your core apps using Clone App from your PC’s data drive. If you click “Restore,” every program setting you backed up is restored—if there are any you don’t want to restore, select “Options” to locate the backup folder, then open it, and move any program folders you want to ignore out of the folder temporarily, before clicking “Restore.” Once done, take your second Macrium Reflect Free backup.
Finally, open File History or the Windows Backup and Restore tool, and take the necessary steps to restore any data you backed up, then make sure that either tool is configured to carry on backing up all your precious files going forward.
1. Reboot for Media
If you’re running Windows 7, or have Fast Boot disabled, insert your boot media, and start your PC. Look for a “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD” option—even if you have booted from a USB flash drive. Press any key on your keyboard, and you should find that the Windows install process starts.
2. Tweak Boot Options
If you boot back into Windows, restart your PC again, but this time press a key, such as F11, when prompted, to open a boot menu. Once you have done so, select your boot media—choosing “UEFI” if that option appears—to boot; otherwise, enter setup so you can change the boot device order.
3. Windows 8.1/10
If Fast Boot is enabled on your computer, open “Settings” in Windows, then navigate to “Update & recovery > Recovery,” then click “Restart now” under “Advanced startup.” When the boot options appear, choose “Use a device” to select the USB drive or DVD you created from the list that appears.