Solved Can I use same rescue media RE build on different PCs with different versions of Macrium Reflect?


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I have two computers: -
  • My main HP desktop PC, which is used daily and is the most important.
  • My DELL laptop, which is a secondary device where not much changes.
Both computers currently have MR Free v8.0.7783 installed but I wish to support Paramount by buying 1 licence for £58 for my HP device. I do not feel like paying another £58 for my secondary DELL device.

I have two external bootable SSD rescue devices (SSD1 and SSD2) with ‘Windows RE 11 Build 22621 (64-bit)’ on them. I have two in case one fails so I want them both the same. I don’t want one SSD for HP machine and another for the DELL machine. I want them both to work on both machines (as they do now). Both SSDs contain the same images (for both HP and DELL) so they are both rescue media and image storage devices in-one.

Question1 - Is it correct to say that ‘Windows RE 11 Build 22621 (64-bit)’ on the rescue media is independent of what version of Macrium Reflect is installed on a computer?

Question2 - If I upgrade Macrium Reflect to v8.1.7784 paid-for version on the HP machine do I have to rebuild the rescue media or is it optional?

Question3 - If answer to Question1 is ‘No’ and I rebuild the rescue media via the HP machine then will it still work on the DELL secondary machine?
 
Windows Build/Version
23H2, Build 22631.2861

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP EliteDesk 705 G5
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE
    Memory
    8GB DDR4 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon Vega 11
    Hard Drives
    256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DELL Inspiron 15-3576
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8250U
    Memory
    8 GB DDR4 - 2400 SODIMM
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Hard Drives
    256GB SK Hynix SC311 SATA SSD
1. Yes.
2. No... but if you want any extra features available in the PAID license Recovery Media, you should. But there are license issues associated with using the PAID Recovery Media on other Systems.
3. If you use a newly PAID license generated Recovery Media, it should work on both... BUT see comment in item #2.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10, Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Z2 G5 Workstation
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-10700
    Motherboard
    HP Model# 8751
    Memory
    32gB (DDR4)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Realtek basic audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" UHD (Viewsonic)
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    (3) NvME SSD, (1) SATA3 SSD
Q1 - not exactly. A Rescue drive is a combination of the WinPE/WinRE version and stored drivers.

More important that the RE/PE version, you may get driver issues if you build a Rescue drive on one pc and try and use it on another. NVME drivers are the worst culprit e.g. if you build rescue drive on a pc without an nvme, it may not boot on one with an nvme unless you specically add nvme irst drivers to the rescue drive.

It usually works the other way round as ssd drivers are pretty generic i.e. if you create drive on pc with nvme, it will usually work on one without nvme.

Q2 - as Q1 - it is always best to build a Rescue Drive on the pc it is meant to be used.

Q3 - answered above.

In the end, best practice is a rescue drive per pc, but if you want to avoid multiplw drives, test it on each pc.

I always create an iso on every pc, so I can create a usb drive if my "default" usb drive should fail on a pc - rare but not unknown.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro + others in VHDs
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS Vivobook 14
    CPU
    I7
    Motherboard
    Yep, Laptop has one.
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated Intel Iris XE
    Sound Card
    Realtek built in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    N/A
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Optane NVME SSD, 1 TB NVME SSD
    PSU
    Yep, got one
    Case
    Yep, got one
    Cooling
    Stella Artois
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Mouse
    Bluetooth , wired
    Internet Speed
    72 Mb/s :-(
    Browser
    Edge mostly
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    TPM 2.0
But there are license issues associated with using the PAID Recovery Media on other Systems.
3. If you use a newly PAID license generated Recovery Media, it should work on both... BUT see comment in item #2.
It usually works the other way round as ssd drivers are pretty generic i.e. if you create drive on pc with nvme, it will usually work on one without nvme.
Thank you guys for the comments. My HP machine has an NVME drive and the DELL has a SATA drive.

It seems a minefield so I will consider whether to stick with the Free version so I can legally use either recovery SSD on either machine. I really like having two recovery SSDs that I can use on either machine.
I'll wait until the New Year to see if Paramount offer any more updates to the Free version before making a decision. I am prepared to pay £58 but £116 is too much to pay to get a legal solution especially as my DELL machine is only a secondary device, which I only make full backups every 3 months just to capture OS and app updates.

I'll call it 'Solved'.
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP EliteDesk 705 G5
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE
    Memory
    8GB DDR4 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon Vega 11
    Hard Drives
    256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DELL Inspiron 15-3576
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8250U
    Memory
    8 GB DDR4 - 2400 SODIMM
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Hard Drives
    256GB SK Hynix SC311 SATA SSD
Each year Macrium has a sale and you get four licenses for about $50 / £50.

I have three laptops and I use the optoion to add Macrium Reflect to the Windows boot menu. Each laptop has a different version of Macrium recovery. One laptop is 32-bit, two are 64-bit.

I have a 32-bit recovery on my USB HDD and will this boot all of my laptops.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2 OS build 22631.3374
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Swift SF114-34
    CPU
    Pentium Silver N6000 1.10GHz
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    SSD
    Cooling
    fanless
    Internet Speed
    13Mbps
    Browser
    Brave, Edge or Firefox
    Antivirus
    Webroot Secure Anywhere
    Other Info
    System 3

    ASUS T100TA Transformer
    Processor Intel Atom Z3740 @ 1.33GHz
    Installed RAM 2.00 GB (1.89 GB usable)
    System type 32-bit operating system, x64-based processor

    Edition Windows 10 Home
    Version 22H2 build 19045.3570
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.2506
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Mini 210-1090NR PC (bought in late 2009!)
    CPU
    Atom N450 1.66GHz
    Memory
    2GB
Each year Macrium has a sale and you get four licenses for about $50 / £50.

I have three laptops and I use the optoion to add Macrium Reflect to the Windows boot menu. Each laptop has a different version of Macrium recovery. One laptop is 32-bit, two are 64-bit.

I have a 32-bit recovery on my USB HDD and will this boot all of my laptops.
Not this year - the Black Friday deal was only on leases. No special offers on perpetual licences.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro + others in VHDs
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS Vivobook 14
    CPU
    I7
    Motherboard
    Yep, Laptop has one.
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated Intel Iris XE
    Sound Card
    Realtek built in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    N/A
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Optane NVME SSD, 1 TB NVME SSD
    PSU
    Yep, got one
    Case
    Yep, got one
    Cooling
    Stella Artois
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Mouse
    Bluetooth , wired
    Internet Speed
    72 Mb/s :-(
    Browser
    Edge mostly
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    TPM 2.0
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