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Ghost 15 & Windows 10

I installed Ghost 15 on my Dell Windows 7 desktop in Jan 2013, and used it a few times. This Dell got the free W10 upgrade and is currently on v1709. Lately I've been using 'Backup and Restore (Windows 7)' for a few image restores. I forgot I had Ghost on this Dell, and while 'Norton Ghost' shows up in the Settings/Apps list, 'Norton Ghost' or Ghost or Symantec do not show up in the start menu list.

I looked in Program files(x86) / Norton Ghost , and only have 2 exe files (VProSvc.exe & SymSnapServicex64.exe). I haven't switched any files to compatible mode for W7.

I did make a Restore Point A; uninstalled Norton Ghost with the Settings/App/Uninstall method; tried to reinstall from the Norton Ghost CD (install failed); then restored Restore Point A.

Is my Ghost 15 dead now on W10 v1709? Thanks 

(At least I got my moneys worth from Drive Image 5.0, which I used from 2001 to 2012)



Re: Ghost 15 & Windows 10

Hello T_J Remove Ghost completely and reboot.  When you start the install executable you open the exe properties and tell it to run in compatibility with windows 7. See if it installs for you. If indeed you are successful and have issues activating you will need to chat with support since there are activation issues they can assist with. http://norton.com/chat

 There is an alternative for Ghost 15 here: https://www.veritas.com/product/backup-and-recovery/system-recovery


Retired military (Navy 1980-2002) "From DOS to Windows10 what a journey it has been" / MS Certified Professional / Windows 10 Professional x 64 version 1809 / build 17763.55 / NSBU / Norton Core v.267

Re: Ghost 15 & Windows 10

I'll give it a try on Thursday; it is 650pm Wednesday now in the US.

Thanks for replying. I'll post on how things go.


Re: Ghost 15 & Windows 10

Don't uninstall / reinstall. Read the post below. However, consider Ghost 15 hasn't been updated in YEARS and was released several Windows versions ago. It MIGHT work fine. It might NOT. Do you really want to find out the hard way? In other words TEST your backups! Try recovering data or even recover to a blank HDD.



Re: Ghost 15 & Windows 10

Since 'Backup and Restore (Windows 7)' currently works, I'll probably just use it for now. I may try the Macrium Reflect 7 (free version) as suggested on page 3 of the 'Ghost 15.0 on Windows 10' thread (Aug 2015 - Aug 2017). I may have enough problems already, dealing with Windows 10 for 7 more years.

I used NIS (or whatever they called it) from 2000 to 2012. 2012 W7 Dell had free 3-year subscription for another brand software, due to late delivery date.

Thanks for the replies


Re: Ghost 15 & Windows 10

I gave up on installing Ghost 15 on my Windows-10 desktop (errors). Ghost does seem to run OK from the CD (emergency boot disk) that came with the software.

I made an image of my Windows-10 1TB hard drive, which resulted in these 3 image files >> DellUtility0-1_Drive.v2i , OS_D_Drive.v2i , and RECOVERY_C_Drive.v2i 

In Windows-10, the OS is on C drive. If you select all 3 image files in the RESTORE procedure, will they end up in their correct partitions? I stopped at the point to where I had the 3 image files selected, and then noticed that Ghost had the RECOVERY_C_DRIVE file designated to be the ACTIVE partition, and the OS_D_Drive file not designated to be the ACTIVE partition. Do I need to switch the ACTIVE designation for these 2 files ? I know how to do it, I just don't know if I should or not. 

If I just restore OS_D_Drive.v2i image file (913GB partition with OS), do I change the ACTIVE designation and will image end up in the correct partition?

Thanks (I used Drive Image 5.0 from 2001 to 2012 on triple-boot Dell (98se,2k,XP), and not familiar with Ghost). I have some 'Backup and Restore (Windows 7)' images that work, just in case I break anything.


Re: Ghost 15 & Windows 10

I found a Ghost 15 user manual, so don't need to reply to previous post. Thanks

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Re: Ghost 15 & Windows 10

Hi T_J

With the release of Windows 10 there seems to be some confusion to which Norton/Symantec product to use.

Here is little table with the Norton/Symantec partition imaging product and the OS that it is designed to Image.

Norton Ghost 9.0 = Windows XP
Norton Ghost 10.0 = Windows XP
Norton Ghost 12.0 = Windows XP , Vista
Norton Ghost 14.0 = Windows XP , Vista
Norton Ghost 15.0 = Windows XP , Vista , Windows 7
SSR 2013 = Windows XP , Vista , Windows 7 , Windows 8
SSR 2013 SP2 = Windows XP , Vista , Windows 7 , Windows 8, Windows 8.1

As you will note there is currently no Norton/Symantec the will Image Windows 10.


p.s. Hi: Red9258


Re: Ghost 15 & Windows 10

My 2012 Dell currently has Windows 10 Home v1709. Since November 2017 I have used 'Backup and Restore (Windows 7)' to restore images about 10 times with zero problems (had v1703-v1709 update problem / security software caused problem).

On Dec 15 2017 I used a Ghost 15 boot CD to create hard drive images. Image Files created on Dec 15 were: DellUtility0-1_Drive.v2i (324 KB), OS_D_Drive.v2i (41,252,190 KB), and RECOVERY_C_Drive.v2i (10,714,038 KB). These partitions are similar to what Dell shipped with in late 2012 with Windows 7 > (Jan 2013 images from Ghost 15 installed in W7: abc2012-PC.sv2i (4 KB), abc2012-PC_C_Drive.v2i (23,467,014 KB), and abc2012-PC_RECOVERY0-2_Drive.v2i (10,520,486 KB)). 

On Dec 15 & 19 I used Ghost 15 boot CD to restore Dec 15 OS_D_Drive.v2i image; restored OK both times. On Dec 19 (before the restore) I saved 3 new Word files and 3 new Excel files for testing purposes. After the Dec 19 restore, the 'test' Word and Excel files were gone.


Re: Ghost 15 & Windows 10


I strongly recommend the free version of Macrium Reflect now available for the latest V7.

Apart from being free it is simple to use with a clear user interface that looks a bit like Disk Management and it will create a bootable Recovery thumbdrive that uses WinPE. I just updated mine.

I made an image of my Windows 10 FCU today from a hard drive to an external USB 3 connected hard drive and it took 22 minutes -- it's a newish installation of Windows 10 with not a lot of data files etc so it's only just over 80GB. It was not bothered that I did some odd jobs while it was working away and I was using the installation on the same hard drive as the Windows 10 installation, not the thumbdrive version.


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