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Kudos0

I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

Like many of you, I've supported Symantec for many years.  I've also created backups of various systems (running on various older Windows versions) that I occasionally still reference.  Unfortunately, since Ghost is no longer supported and even worse is incompatible with Windows 10, I feel totally abandoned.  I've talked with tech support and after much discussion (seriously, it took a lot of time to wring it out of them) found out that anything that Symantec/Norton has for Windows 10 won't read my older backups.  In other words, the file format has changed.

This might be solved in several ways.  Symantec could put a product out that still performs all the Ghost functions using the original file format.  Symantec could create a program that performed the read/restore functions of Ghost.  Symantec could create a conversion program that changes the old file format to something that its newer backup programs can use.  There may be other acceptable solutions.

But unless I'm mistaken, Symantec has badly screwed me over.  I definitely expected more out of them.  Why else would I have used Ghost for as long as I did.

How have you solved this problem, or have you just given up on your older backups?  (Since Microsoft forced the Windows 10 upgrade on me, I simply don't have a spare computer to install Windows XP or 7.  I also have never run a virtual system that I could run XP or 7 on and even if I did, I have no idea of how to configure one.)

Scott

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Kudos2 Stats

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

Symantec System Recovery 2012 Desktop is the current version of "Norton Ghost". It uses the same v2i and iv2i files that Norton Ghost 9 -15 does. SSR 2012 is compatible with Windows 10. Download a trial and try it out. If you like Ghost you will be happy.

Kudos3 Stats

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

It's Veritas System Recovery now.  Link to trial:

https://www.veritas.com/trial/en/us/system-recovery-16.html

Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

redk9258 and DaveH, thank you!

Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

So is it finally re-branded? Do you know if the SSR 2013 R2 keys work?

Kudos1 Stats

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

I can confirm that the SSR 2013 R2 keys don't work as Veritas System Recovery is version 16 and SSR 2013 R2 is at version 11.1.6 (with service Pack 6).  I tried and it was a no go, so I am still using SSR 2013 R2 and works great anyway on Windows 10.

Windows 10 Pro v.1703 64-Bit / IE 11 / Firefox 55.0.3 / NSBU 22.10.1.10 / NU 16.0.2.53 / Veritas System Recovery 16 SP2
Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

I wonder if there are any differences other than branding. I'm guessing not so much for home users. Like you said SSR2013 R2 works fine.

Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

I read the release notes and besides some bug fixes and the rebranding, the program is essentially the same.  No new features for the desktop version, and trying to purchase a copy of it, well, its a major pain.  I would guess that SSR 2013 R2 will get at least a few more service packs, hopefully.

Windows 10 Pro v.1703 64-Bit / IE 11 / Firefox 55.0.3 / NSBU 22.10.1.10 / NU 16.0.2.53 / Veritas System Recovery 16 SP2
Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

I would guess that SSR 2013 R2 will get at least a few more service packs, hopefully.

I would doubt it. I'm sure they want you to update to the Veritas brand name.

Kudos1 Stats

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

smblackledge,

You can get Ghost 15 to work in Win10. See this link: https://community.norton.com/en/forums/ghost-150-windows-10 . I've been running it fine although I've had to redo the procedure with each Win10 major update. I've run all my backup schedules and I have done a C image restore to a spare HD successfully.

That being said, I've found a free one built for Win10 that I downloaded and have been using for a few weeks now. It's AOMEI backupper. There is a paid version that gives you a few more options which you may or may not need. The interface is different from Ghost, but if you read the manual a few times it seems like the new 4.0.2 version works pretty good. I've made system images, created their emergency boot disk (Win PE type) and have restored an image to a spare HD without any errors. While there are more complex programs that may give you many more options, this one is simple to use, is fairly quick and with a little studying should work fine as a Ghost 15 replacement.

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Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

Scott

I started with PowerQuest way before Symantec bought it and continued with early GHOSTS but for a reason I forget I moved to Acronis but gave up updating after Windows 7 came out and they made a mess of that!

More recently I've used the free version of Macrium Reflect and can't beat it for speed and user friendliness of imaging including cloning.

I find the recovery environment user friendly since it runs on WinPE10 very nicely on a thumbdrive.

But the free version is a home usage version and others with more complex needs might need one of the higher, paid for versions.

As should be obvious I'm a Norton supporter but my personal view is that they should steer clear of utilities or, in many cases, built in features that are available already from multiple sources, some better even when free!

Hugh
Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

Danke schön!

Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

Bitte schön ....

Hugh
Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

Hello,

I was very surprised to see that SSR 2013 is now a Shareware ! You can find various opportunities  to obtain the last version 11.1.6.55604 from various sites as karanpc.com, minidl.org, soft4pc.com. You need only to ask Cortana with the line :"Symantec System Recovery 2013 R2 11.1.6.55604". Clearly when you ask some Symantec technician, he can't say that the product is now free ! This version 6 is the last one published. It works perfectly with Windows 10 Anniversary and you can prepare a SSR Iso Disk. I am using it since January 2017. MR:-

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Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

Apart from the legality of taking the intellectual property of Symantec (it still is even off the market) why bother with on old product based on an even older product (PowerQuest) that Symantec bought when there are several current free utilities that are even better and are kept uptodate?

I use the free Macrium Reflect which is compact, can be installed on a thumbdrive as a bootable version using WinPE10 rather than dropping out to Android and is user friendly for imaging and backup. A plus factor is that you can open and access the contents of an image file using Windows file manager. You can then extract a file if you need it.

Hugh
Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

Pour les usagers préférant le français je leur conseille de choisir le site Minidl.org qui renvoie vers les deux fournisseurs (téléchargement gratuit) Nitroflare.com et Rapidgator.net. La version 11.1.6.55604 est en fichier *.rar de 972.57 MB. Rapidgator est présenté en français. MR:-)

Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

Thank you for your advice. Is Macrium Reflect a multi language tool ? MR:-)

Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

Macrium is a UK based company so they are aware of European languages! This is in the Help file for version 6.1

This is in the update notes for version 6.1 under Languages -- I am on 6.3 and you can switch/toggle? from English to German with Ctrl + Shift + L

German Language Support

Macrium Reflect Home, Workstation, Server and Server Plus now includes German language support. Macrium Reflect Free edition German language support will be coming soon.

 Macrium have some of the best online help documentation I've come across anywhere and this bit is at http://knowledgebase.macrium.com/display/KNOW/New+in+Version+6.1

Sorry it does not include French yet but you could ask their plans.

Hugh
Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

Thank you for your last mail. I have seen that now we can find a Home Edition for Macrium Reflect 7 Free Edition 64 bits. MR:-)

Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

Do let us know how you find it.

Hugh
Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

Hello,

Go to https;//www.macrium.com/reflectfree   There you find the home version 6 and an update to version 7. -;)

Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

"karanpc.com" is a scam website.  I don't recommend going there unless you have protection.  Just for the hell of it I went on their website and was instantly greeted with numerous popups asking to click on links and one that would not let me close it unless I clicked OK.  This is typical behavior of malware and possibly ransomware.  STAY AWAY from karanpc.com.  The other two that were suggested, minidl.org and soft4pc.com, are probably malware too.

Nothing is free unless you want your computer ruined.  I was attacked last year and had to throw my laptop into the trash because it was ruined by malware and nobody could fix it.  If you have Acronis True Image you can use their Acronis Try & Decide to be safe then don't save anything from their website.

I already have SSR 2013, but wanted to see if there was an update I didn't have since finding updates from Veritas is very difficult.  I do have the first update Veritas issued about a year after Windows 10 was released.  It might be the last update from Veritas for this version.

Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

from unpeutropjuste

Veritas proposes the last version of SSR2013 R2 SP6 which may be found on http://www.veritas.com/support/en_US/article.000114408. It is the file Symantec_System_Recovery_11.1_SP6_Patch_64.exe. (Or ...Patch_32.exe). It works perfectly with Windows 10 and you can prepare an ISO restauration disk on a USB key. To obtain for free this SP6 pack (252 Mbits) you have to register. I made a verification of this point on April 2017 ! Also you can go to the blog of Criley: https://vox.veritas.com/t5/System-Recovery/System-Recovery-2013-R2-Servi...    Good luck :-)

Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

I want to complete the last URL:

https://vox.veritas.com/t5/System-Recovery/System-Recovery-2013-R2-Servi...

(from unpeutropjuste)

Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

MezencevR:

I want to complete the last URL:

https://vox.veritas.com/t5/System-Recovery/System-Recovery-2013-R2-Servi...

(from unpeutropjuste)

You don't have to "complete" it if I understand your request. Although the active link looks shortened if you have the status bar active [right mouse click on the address bar and select Status Bar on IE for example] and hold your mouse pointer over the active link

https://vox.veritas.com/t5/System-Recovery/System-Recovery-2013-R2-Servi...

you will see the full URL code:

vox.veritas.com/t5/System-Recovery/System-Recovery-2013-R2-Service_Pack_6_now_available/m-p/753190/highlight/true#M2911

The reason the https:// is missing in the above is that I copied it from the toolbar link where that bit is hard coded.

Hugh
Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

FYI!! Another thread has a user successfully installing and activating Ghost on Windows 10

https://community.norton.com/en/comment/6583521#comment-6583521

Cheers

Retired military (Navy 1980-2002) AO1 (AW) Aviation Warfare Specialist "From DOS to Windows10 what a journey it has been" / MS Certified Professional / Windows 10 Professional x 64 version 1809 / build 17763.503 / N360 Deluxe 22.17.1.50 / Norton Core v.282 on Android 1.98
Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

From unpeutropjuste

I have succeeded in updating Symantec System Recovery 2013 R2 to Veritas System Recovery 16. You may be interested to read my comments in french: "Mise à jour SSR 2013-VSR16 réussie" with the following link:

https://community.norton.com/fr/forums/mise-%C3%A0-jour-ssr2013-vsr-16-r...

Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

MezencevR:

From unpeutropjuste

I have succeeded in updating Symantec System Recovery 2013 R2 to Veritas System Recovery 16. You may be interested to read my comments in french: "Mise à jour SSR 2013-VSR16 réussie" with the following link:

https://community.norton.com/fr/forums/mise-%C3%A0-jour-ssr2013-vsr-16-r...

I just checked the thread and then used Google Translate which I include on my browser. It reads well in English.

I see someone suggesting there could be a difficulty in getting a renewal code? 

Personally I find the free Macrium Reflect to be more than adequate especially with it's ability to create a bootable thumbdrive using WinPE.

Hugh
Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

Hello huwyngr,

This was my main problem: I had to find, in France, a Veritas registered retailer. Finally the society "Solution Data" in Toulouse (www.solutiondata.fr) was found. So I obtained the renewal of my Veritas license. Then it was simple to load the license key from my.veritas.com. The interesting point of VSP 16: when you save your computer the saved file format is the same as it was with Ghost 15 and the user is not disturbed by the aspect of the program. :-)

Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

[peanut gallery comment]

From what I can see of the Veritas version it is just SSR with the user interface changed to reflect the new ownership.

Dick Win 10x64 current current NSBU
Kudos0

Re: I need a Ghost version running on Windows 10

Exact: for me, in France, the problem is solved. VSR 16 uses the same format as Ghost15 (and SSR 2013). Try it freely for 60 days on: https://www.veritas.com/trial/en/us/system-recovery-16.html. The file is named System_Recovery_16_16.0.1_56016_Multilingual_Product.zip. Unzip the file and execute Browser.exe to install VSR 16. Now you have 60 days for finding a Veritas retailer in your region and for renewing your Veritas account. The price is very moderate. When it is made you have to log on "my.veritas.com" where you download the VSR 16 key: that's all ! :-) 

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