My laptop came with a the following partition config:
Pri Act ..... "Recovery Partition" - 20GB (14GB Used) As you can see the OS partition is not set as "Active" and the "Active" partition is in the "Recovery Partition". Once in a while I would like to switch between Windows XP and Windows 7 by restoring OS image backup to the "OS Partition" - I just don't want a dual boot setup and don't ask me why. So I did an image backup of the whole Windows 7 OS Partition and to save backup storage I only have a files backup on the / level + the /BOOT in the "Recovery Partition" .
Pri ........... Windows 7 "OS Partition" - 60GB (14GB Used)
Extend...... Data Partition - 210GB (0GB Used)
After that I re-format the OS Partition and let XP install into it and everything going fine.
When I try restore Windows 7 to the OS Partition + all the files backup of the "Recovery Partition" and reboot it reported:
" Windows could not start because the following file is missing: Windows root/system32/ntoskrnl.exe"
I am sure the "Windows root/system32/ntoskrnl.exe" is already restore to the Windows 7 OS partition.
Am I missing something in the Windows 7 "Recovery Partition" to backup beside just the / level files and /BOOT? I don't want to backup the whole 14GB so I tried to avoid the Windows 7 recovery disk images in that partition.