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This article explains how to install Macrium Reflect on a PC that isn't connected to the Internet. For information on installing on an Internet connected PC please see here.

Macrium Reflect uses an Internet connection to:

  • Download the installer and Microsoft components to enable building of the PE based rescue environment
  • Validation of your license during installation.
  • Notification and download of updates

This article refers to the machine you wish to install Reflect on as the "target PC" and the machine connected to the Internet as the "online PC".

You will need access to a computer that is connected to the Internet and a device to copy files to the target PC.

Download the installer and PE components.

Download the Macrium Reflect Download Agent to your PC and run it.

Select Choose the edition or select Enter license key and enter your key.

The download agent is automatically configured for the computer it is running on. You will need to reconfigure it to reflect your target PC instead. Do this by clicking the Options button.

Choose the download architecture - 32 or 64 bit - for your offline PC. See the "How to identify the architecture of your target machine" at the end of this article.

The default, and most usual, option is 'Reflect Installer Only'.  Windows 7 and later installation already include a 'Windows Recovery Environment' (WinRE), and this is the best choice for creating Macrium Reflect rescue media.  

It's only necessary to include 'Rescue Components' when downloading if installing to XP or Vista, or if Windows RE isn't available on the offline PC.

Reflect Installer and PE Components

Downloads both the Macrium Reflect installer and the default Windows PE component files for XP and Vista

PEWindows Version
PE 3.1Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2008R2
PE 10All other Windows versions.

This is the best option for Windows Vista and XP

Reflect Installer Only

Downloads the Macrium Reflect installer for the chosen trial or entered license key.

This  is the best  option for Windows 7 and later if the offline PC includes Windows RE. 

PE 3 (WAIK)Downloads the Windows PE 3.1 components to file or
PE 4 (WADK)Downloads the Windows PE 4 components to file or
PE 5 (WADK)Downloads the Windows PE 5 components to file or 
PE 10 (WADK)Downloads the Windows PE 10 components to file or 

For more information on the different versions of Windows PE see this help page.

If you require the same PE version as the default Windows PE component files for this PC (see table above)

Select 'Reflect installer and PE components'.  This will download the required files in one download step. Click OK, then un-check "Run installer directly after downloading", and Click download.

If you require a specific PE version

This will require two downloads. First, select 'Reflect Installer Only', click OK, then un-check 'Run installer directly after downloading', and Click download. After the first download is complete, click 'Options' again, choose the desired 'PE X rescue components only', click 'OK' and then Click 'Download'.

Once the download(s) complete, you will find two new files in the folder saved to...


The file names will vary dependent on your selections. There will be an installer .exe file and a PE components zip file.

Copy these two files to your target PC and run the installer ensuring that the zip file is in the same folder. You will then be able to install your software and generate PE rescue CDs.

Offline installation of your purchased license.

Note:  This step is not necessary for the Free or Trial Editions of Macrium Reflect.

When you run the installer on your target PC, instead of the automatic activation, you will be given an activation code. 189S-N9PK-ADV in the example below.


Navigate to on your online PC and enter your license key and activation code.


Click 'Submit' and you will receive an offline key as shown below.


Enter the Offline key in the install dialog to complete installation.

Ensuring your software is up to date.

Note: For online installations, update notifications and patching is automatic.

Check the change log web page periodically for updates. If you see an update that is relevant to your system, follow the steps in 1. above, but choose the 'Reflect Installer' option in the download agent.

How to identify the architecture of your target machine.

Run msinfo32 (type Windows Key + R and then type msinfo32) and note the system type.

x86-based PC indicates that the target machine is 32 bit and x64-based PC indicates a 64bit system.

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