MiniTool ShadowMaker to solve Windows Cannot Find a System Image

Windows cannot find a system image on this computer

I’ve just upgraded Windows from Windows 7 to 10 successfully. Unluckily my PC ran into a blue screen shot for no reason. I followed the Windows image recovery guide to restore system, hoping computer can be restored to previous status when it was backed up. I followed the onscreen guide to recover image, but I got the “Windows cannot find a system image on this computer” error. That is not possible, as I can clearly see the Windows image on the portable disk. I do not obtain other backups. I cannot afford reinstalling Windows, as I do not want to lose all data. Can you help me?”

In most cases, when the computer asks you to find the system image location and retry the system restore process, you’ll still get the same result. Windows still can’t find the system image. So how to fix this error? If you are having a similar issue on your PC, just follow methods provided in the below and apply those methods to repair and fix ‘Windows can’t find a system image on this computer’ issue and perform the system restore with ease.

How to fix “Windows cannot find a system image on this computer”?
  • Rename the folder that contains the system image as WindowsImageBackup. Windows Recovery requires the folders name should be WindowsImageBackup, otherwise, it cannot recognize it.
  • Put the folder at the root directory of a partition instead of any sub-folders. If not, the recovery application cannot find it.
  • Do not put the image backup on USB flash drive. In some cases, Windows cannot recognize system image from USB flash drive. You can move it to local disk or external hard drive.
  • Backup & restore Windows with third-party system backup software. The following part will explain how to back up Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP using Windows backup program.
Backup and restore Windows with MiniTool ShadowMaker

MiniTool Solution Ltd. just released MiniTool ShadowMaker 2.0, which is the best alternative to Windows built-in backup and restore tool.

As a piece of professional and backup & recovery software, it can help to create an image backup for computer file, Windows operating system, partition, and hard drive. Besides, automatic backup, incremental backup, and differential backup are supported.

Most importantly, this software enables you to create a bootable disc so that you are able to restore a system image from your external hard drive or USB flash drive when Windows cannot boot.

Moreover, this tool doesn’t have a limitation, for example, it allows you to name the image file as you wish and change it at random.

With it, you don’t have to worry Windows cannot find a system image on this computer error during a system image recovery.

In the following part, I will show you how to back up your OS in Windows 10 and restore a system image in detail.

Create a System Image in Windows 10

A system image is fairly important to restore your computer to a normal state in case of system issues. Well then, back up your OS now in Windows 10.

Step 1: Open MiniTool ShadowMaker, and go to the following window where you need to select a backup mode. You are able to do a local backup or remote backup by clicking the Connect button in the corresponding section.

choose local backup or remote backup

Step 2: Then go to the Backup interface where the system related partitions have been selected by this software. Hence, you only need to specify a destination path to save the system image file.

Tip: Relatively speaking, it is a good option to back up Windows to an external hard drive.

choose a destination path to save the backup image

Step 3: Next, MiniTool ShadowMaker returns to the Backup page. Here, you can use ScheduleScheme and Options features to make advanced settings for the backup. Finally, click Back up Nowto start the backup operation which can be viewed in Manage interface.

start system image backup

Make a System Image Recovery

If there is something wrong with your Windows 10, now you can choose to use the system image file created by MiniTool ShadowMaker to do system recovery without Windows cannot find a system image on this computer error. How to restore the system to its normal state?

Step 1: Boot PC from a bootable disc.
Start your computer, press a specific key, enter BIOS and change the boot order so as to boot Windows 10 from the bootable disc you have created.

change boot order in bios

Step 2: Start a system recovery.

A few seconds later, MiniTool ShadowMaker will open voluntarily to its Home page. You need to click Restore in the toolbar to enter the following interface.

Here, your backups are shown here and you need to choose the system image to start a recovery by clicking Restore button.

MiniTool ShadowMaker restore the system

Step 3: Select backup version.
Next, enter the following window to choose the backup version depending on the backup time. And click Next button.

choose a backup version

Step 4: Select partitions to restore from backup file.

From the figure below, you can view the system image file storage path as well as all disk partitions included in the file.

And you need to check all partitions for Windows to run and MBR and Track 0 option, otherwise, your computer is most likely to be unbootable after the restoration.

choose volumes to restore from the selected backup file

Step 5: Select target disk.

All hard drives that are detected by Windows 10 can be seen in this page. Which hard drive do you want to restore your system image file to? Generally speaking, the original system disk is often selected.

Note: If you want to restore the image to the hard drive that contains backup files, this software won’t allow doing that.

After completing the selection, a prompt will tell you that data on certain partitions of the target disk will be overwritten during an image restoration process. Just click OK to continue.

select target disk to restore

Step 6: Perform restoration operation.

Look! MiniTool ShadowMaker is performing image recovery. The elapsed time and remaining time can be seen. When the progress bar reaches 100%, the recovery operation is finished.

Tip: Shut down the computer when the operation is completed option is helpful. If you have a need, just check it when starting the recovery process.

performing restore operation

Further Tip: Disk Cloning Helps to Boot Computer

Actually, MiniTool ShadowMaker has another powerful feature named Clone Disk which is specially designed to transfer data from one disk to another disk. And the target disk is the same exactly as the source disk.

If you clone system disk, the target disk can be used to boot your computer when it is unbootable. Therefore, disk cloning is worth recommending. Just run it on your Windows 10/8/7 computer for system protection.

MiniTool ShadowMaker clone disk

See the simple steps here:
Step 1: Run MiniTool ShadowMaker and click Connect in the local section.
Step 2: Go to Tools page and click Clone Disk feature.
Step 3: Select system disk in source section, then choose a hard drive to hold the source data.
Step 4: Perform the cloning operation.

After that, remove the target disk and put it in a safe location. Once system corruption happens, boot your computer from the destination disk.