Restore questions after motherboard replacement


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Ok so my Dell ended up getting its motherboard replaced. When it was replaced, the drive was still encrypted so when it asked for the bitlocker key, it wouldn't recognize it. Right now I'm having the computers os re-installed so it can actually boot. I would like to restore everything I had before with Macrium once I have it back and can find the new bitlocker key for the new motherboard. Would there be any issues in doing this? Would the backup had been encrypted with the old bitlocker key or is it as simple as re-installing Macrium and running the restore? Also it came with Windows Home so it doesn't have the full version of bitlocker but it does automatically encrypt after setting up the os.
 

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I can't find the new key but there was no lock on the drive. The new bios does look more.....full featured and even has Intel PTT switch to turn on and off the tpm. Would this in any way affect the Macrium image I want to restore? It is a full system image with all partitions. It looks like the image is not They did not replace the ssd.
 

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    Dell Inspiron 3501
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    12gb Dual channel DDR4 2666 MHz
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    Cirrus Logic Superior High Definition Audio
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Bitlocker should be alright. According to this article, Macrium creates an unencrypted backup:

Moving to a new motherboard could be more of an issue, as the restore process need to know about new device drivers. However if you follow the instructions for Macrium ReDeploy, then the transition to a new motherboard should be fine:
 

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CatnipTea

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There is one more thing and I just realized this. I don't really know 100% how Macrium works so this may be a non-issue. 11 was installed and all setup to go for me with a local account after the repair. When I originally upgraded it to 11 I had set up a Microsoft login which I then switched to a local account. So, instead of my name being my user profile name, it was the first 5 letters of the email I set it up with. Since they now have different names, I'm not sure if that would cause any confusion for it once it attempts to restore the older image.

I did download Macrium but you know, this is a fresh Windows 11 install, I have all of my images on an external drive. Is there anything I need to make sure to do before trying to restore the image? I can locate the mrimg on the drive but I also have the text files as well. Do I need to copy and save the text files somewhere specific or do they not really matter?

Wait isn't redeploy only on the paid version?
 
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    Laptop
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    Dell Inspiron 3501
    CPU
    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-1135G7 @ 2.40GHz-4.20GHz
    Memory
    12gb Dual channel DDR4 2666 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    Cirrus Logic Superior High Definition Audio
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    15.6 in
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    1366 x 768 x 60hz HD
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    SK hynix BC711 256GB Solid State Drive NVMe
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I don't really know 100% how Macrium works so this may be a non-issue.
It is a non-issue. You would need to take steps to make your user account local again.
Is there anything I need to make sure to do before trying to restore the image?
If you are not sure, you could test a restore to a Virtual Machine, by following this Eleven Forum tutorial:
Do I need to copy and save the text files somewhere specific or do they not really matter?
If you have text files and other user documents that are newer than your backup, I would move them off the drive to somewhere safe.
Wait isn't redeploy only on the paid version?
Yes. This appears to be the cost of changing hardware.
 

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Wait isn't redeploy only on the paid version?
Yes it is but Windows 10/11 is much better at handling hardware changes than older versions of Windows.

I do not find redeploy to be that useful these days.

In fact, you can do it yourself using dism.

The important thing is to have key drivers for new pc.

I actually create a custom install.wim of old installation, and inject drivers into install.wim (and disk drivers into boot.wim for my optane drive), and reinstall that way.

Sounds complicated, but all I did was follow tutorials in the Windows 10 tutorial section. It is quite satisfying when you learn this - if you know a bit about command prompts, it is moderately easy (maybe not for a raw beginner) but you do not have to be mega experienced - just able to follow the tutorials.


Create Windows 10 ISO image from Existing Installation (use part two)

 

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