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Quickly perform a P2V Recovery into Hyper-V using Windows Backup

Quickly perform a P2V Recovery into Hyper-V using Windows Backup

Recently my Windows 10 work laptop become unusable – completely dead. No way to get it going again. This left me with a bit of an issue – how am I going to be able to work without my laptop? Since we preach backup, backup, backup here at TMB – you’d not be surprised to know that I had a backup of my laptop available and a lot of test machines running Hyper-V. This gave me the idea I can run a P2V recovery of my laptop and just remote into it!

Detailed steps on using Windows Backup to perform a P2V recovery

As is always a good idea – I thought I’d document how to perform a Hyper-V P2V recovery using Windows Backup as it may help someone one day!

So here goes…

Before you start…

  1. A backup made by Windows Backup that’s able to be used for bare metal recovery. We’re using a USB hard drive in our example.

  2. A server running Hyper-V and a newly created guest VM.

  3. A Windows installation CD or ISO of the OS you’re recovering. We’re using a Windows 10 ISO file.

Adding the backup drive and ISO to the VM

1. In Hyper-V Manager, right click on the new guest VM and select ‘Settings’.

2. Add a DVD and additional SCSI hard drive to the guest VM.

3. Point the DVD drive to the install CD or ISO file.

ISO to the VM

4. Pass through the USB hard drive with the backup using the SCSI hard drive.

SCSI hard drive

5. Click ‘OK’ to close the settings window and start your guest machine.

Recovering your OS into the VM

Since the guest machine is configured to boot from the DVD drive; the Windows installation process should start directly.

1. Configure the language and keyboard options and click ‘Next’.

OS into the VM

2. Click on ‘Repair your computer’ to the left hand bottom corner.


3. On the Choose an Option screen, select ‘Troubleshoot’.

choose an option

4. Under Advanced Options, select ‘System Image Recovery’. This will launch the Windows Recovery Environment.

advance option

5. If the backup loaded is the one to be recovered, click ‘Next’. Otherwise; click on ‘Select a system image’ button and search for the appropriate backup.

Select a system image

6. On Additional Restore Options – unless you need to load specific drivers click ‘Next’.

Restore Options

7. Double check all the settings are correct and click ‘Finish’. This will then begin the recovery.


After everything has completed, you should find that your system will be ready to use!

ready to use

There you have it! All up and running within 20 minutes from start to finish! Quick and easy! Although results will vary depending on how much data you’re recovering (as usual).

Need help with your physical 2 virtual recovery?

Test My Backups are experts in backup and recovery. Contact us and we’ll be able to help guide you through any backup and restore issues you’re experiencing!

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