I'm taking a smaller 32GB hard drive with Windows 7, making a backup using the boot media. I upgrade the SSD to a new unpartitioned 1TB SSD. I restore the backup to the new SSD and reboot and reactivate Windows and extend the Windows partition to max size. No problems.
I upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 and I make another backup before I run Windows updates, and all is well. I make a few other backups of the Windows 10 install along the way and decide I want to go back to before I installed updates (testing deployment of Windows Updates). Windows is booting fine all this time. Once I restore using the Windows 10 image I made, the computer will not boot to Windows. It was booting fine at the same point before I backed up and restored.
I can restore using the Windows 7 image, and it boots just fine.
Can someone please tell me what the heck I'm missing? It's driving me crazy!
1) Existing 32GB Win7
2) Image Drive
3) Install new unpartitioned 1TB
4) Restore Image from 2 and re-activate Win7 and extend partition
5) Upgrade Win7 to Win 10
6) Image Drive
7) Run Windows Updates
8) Return to Image made in step 6, no boot
9) Return to Image made in step 2, boots fine