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Running Windows from an External Drive

First, some excellent user videos for migrating to Thunderbolt or USB3.0 Drives: How to Install Windows 10 Boot Camp External SSD USB 3.0 drive There are some general considerations for runningWindows Boot Camp from an external drive: 1. The Windows operating system must supportEFI booting. Windows 7 is not compatible but Windows 8/8.1 and higher…

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Migrate Windows 10 to an External Drive

Introduction The focus of this document is on the process of migrating an existing Windows 10 Boot Camp partition from the internal drive to a bootable external drive using Winclone 7. Storage and Migration Scenarios for Windows 10 using Winclone 7 Migrate Boot Camp from internal to external bootable drive Run multiple bootable Windows 10…

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Winclone 7.3 Released

We just released Winclone 7.3, and it has minor updates to the user interface and progress bar. We also added in offline license validation for customers that use Winclone in environments without network access (like air-gap Macs and some education environments). Full list of updates: Offline license validation Fix for progress bar during Make Image…

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Prepare Windows with Sysprep in a Virtual Machine

Introduction If a Windows restore does not start up due to new hardware not being detected, it can be resolved by running Sysprep. Sysprep will force Windows to re-discover devices and hardware. If Windows is in a state where it cannot be booted, it is possible to boot Windows in a Virtual Machine such as…

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Tips for Preparing a Boot Camp Migration

Moving Windows to new hardware can introduce problems, many of which can be addressed at the source before the migration. The single most likely problem for Windows after a migration is incompatibility of the hardware device drivers. Windows 10 has proven to be less problematic than previous versions when moved to different hardware. If your…

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Winclone License Key Registration Issues

If you are trying to activate Winclone and are getting an error message such as “Registration Error: Invalid License Key”, there are some steps you can take to resolve the issue: Check network connectivity Our activation servers are located at v3.paddleapi.com. Check that you are able to reach this server in order to activate the license…

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Boot Runner 3.1 Update

Boot Runner 3.1 adds in additional keys for customizing the Marquee font, as well as new functionality for Linux booting.Boot Runner 3.1 is a free update for Boot Runner 3 customers or customers with a current Boot Runner support contract. Download the current version at https://profile.twocanoes.com. New Keys The Boot Runner 3 Setup Guide has…

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Winclone 7.2 Update

The Winclone 7.2 update includes the following new features: Incremental Imaging Scheduler: Automatically update a Winclone image on a set schedule. Added the ability to re-associate a Windows volume with an incremental image file. Made Winclone Pro images self-extracting by default. Compatibility with Deploy Studio and other client management systems that use the command line…

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Incremental Imaging

Winclone 7 introduces Incremental Imaging, the ability to update an existing Winclone image with the latest content from a Windows partition. To support incremental imaging, you must create a new image using Winclone 7. Images from earlier versions of Winclone lack information required to update the image. The image must be a WIM based image….

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Boot Runner 3 Setup Guide

Overview Boot Runner 3 supports physical startup volumes as well as virtual machines, making it easy to offer selections of any combination of macOS, Windows, Linux, and other systems installed natively or in a virtual machine. Boot Runner 3 also includes customization options to make the startup selection screen easier for end users to find and…

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Boot Runner 3 and macOS 10.14 Mojave

  Boot Runner 3.1 is has been fully tested and is fully compatible with macOS 10.14 Mojave. Please update to Boot Runner 3.1 or later when using Boot Runner on macOS 10.14 Mojave. Privacy Controls macOS 10.14 Mojave has new privacy controls for protecting user data. Once of these controls must be configured for full functionality…

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Deploying Boot Camp Using WinPE and MDT

Winclone 7 supports deploying Windows via Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) via booting to a Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE). A similar workflow can be applied for environments that deploy Windows images via SCCM. This document covers setting up MDT, creating the WINPE files, creating the Winclone package and booting into the WinPE environment.

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Inject Drivers into a Winclone Image

If you are having issues with initial boot after restoring a Winclone image to new hardware, you can inject basic drivers into the Winclone image using the DISM command line tool in Windows 10. This only works if Windows has been sysprep’ed prior to imaging.

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Boot Runner and System Integrity Protection

  Boot Runner customers with Macs running Boot Camp should be aware of a potential issue when running Boot Runner on MacOS 10.12 Sierra and Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan and later. Apple has implemented System Integrity Protection: To safeguard against disabling System Integrity Protection by modifying security configuration from another OS, the startup…

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Using Profile Web Site from Twocanoes Software

The Profile website from Twocanoes Software is the central location to connect with Twocanoes Software. This website, located at https://profile.twocanoes.com, allows you to: Re-download any prior purchases and license keys. Create configuration profiles to use with Boot Runner 3. We are also in the process of migrating upgrades and support to this website as well.

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Create Winclone Image from WIM

Create Winclone Image from WIM WIM is a common format Windows uses to distribute files and folders in a single compressed archive. Winclone can import a Windows WIM file, such as a install.wim from Windows install media, and save to a Winclone image. Select WIM will open a standard macOS open dialog to select a…

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Selecting Winclone Pro or Winclone Pro Enterprise

Winclone Pro and Winclone Pro Enterprise both include the macOS application, Winclone 7 Pro. However, the licensing and support for the software is different. Winclone Pro Winclone Pro includes support for all the features in Winclone, including package creation, post-install setup, and WIM import. Winclone Pro provides the features for importing WinPE to use in…

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Import WinPE

Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) is a minimal version of Windows used for deploying a full-featured Windows installation. A common workflow is to boot WinPE from a USB drive and image from System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) or Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). Using WinPE with Winclone allows you to create a local partition with a WinPE boot partition instead of needing to insert a USB drive in all machines.

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