Restoring A System Image In Windows Using Narrator

Below you will find directions for how to restore a system image made in
Windows 10 or 11. Just like anything with Microsoft, there are several
ways to do the same thing. The info in the below article is the most
straight forward method and the way I prefer.
One tip before you start reading those directions.
If your Windows computer is still able to boot to the desktop and you
can press Windows + r to open the run dialog, you can start into a form
of Windows where a person who is blind or low vision can use Narrator
and a run command to boot from the external USB drive that contains the
Windows Install Media that you'll learn about in that article.
Otherwise you might need some help booting from the USB drive that has
that install media on it.
Here's what to do if your computer can still get to the desktop.
Insert the USB Drive that has the Install media on it into a USB port.

At this point it is a good idea if you are keeping that system image on
an external drive, to connect that external drive to  the computer. You
won't need to worry about having the computer look on that external
drive for the system image.

Press windows key + r to open the run dialog.
copy the next line and paste it into the run dialog.
shutdown /r /o
press enter. Your computer will restart and boot into a form of Windows,
but the great thing is you can run Narrator once the computer restarts.
After your computer restarts, give it about a minute and start narrator
by pressing control + Windows Key + Enter.
Depending on your computer, narrator will start talking or you might
find it is still starting up after that restart, depending on the
condition your copy of Windows is in.
If you don't hear anything, give it a minute and try to start narrator
Once Narrator starts talking you can select to boot from an external USB
drive. It will show the brand name of that external USB drive, Samsung,
Sandisk, Kingston, etc..
Once you make that selection and continue, your computer will boot from
the install media on that drive.
This can take a minute or a little longer sometimes. You will boot into
the installation media and will need to follow the directions in the
article below to go into the advanced settings and select to restore an
When your computer boots from that external drive, you may need to start
Narrator again with the same command control + windows key + enter.
You'll have the use of Narrator until the process is complete and its
ready to restart your computer with your image restored.

Don't give up if this doesn't work as expected the first time. Sometimes
it can take a try or two until things just work right in Windows. I've
been known to use the Lookout by Google app on my phone to read the
screen & see what is going on. You could do the same by using apps such
as Be My Eyes or Aira.

How to Recover Windows 11 Using a System Image Backup

If you ever decide to not restore an image but instead start fresh and
do a new install, there is one thing you need to know as someone who is
blind or low vision.

There is one small bug while installing Windows from scratch. When you
are asked to sign in with a Windows account, setup will want to connect
you to WiFi so you can login. Narrator won't read the names of Wifi
networks at this point in setup. One way around this is to connect by
Ethernet to your router. Another option is to use Be My Eyes to get help
selecting your network and connecting. This is a bug I've notified
Microsoft of, but I cannot make them fix it.
Using a wired Ethernet connection will just let you login to Windows and
won't care about using Wifi.
You can always setup Wifi once that new copy of Windows is running.


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