Now licensed for commercial as well as personal use.
We've relaxed the licensing for the Free Edition and it is now permitted to install and use this popular product in a commercial environment. Please note that this is still an unsupported product and, as always, we encourage upgrading for full functionality and support. Please see Upgrade from Macrium Reflect v7 Free Edition for more information on the benefits of upgrading.
Windows 10 Task Scheduler compatibility
Macrium Reflect Free Edition now uses Windows Tasks Scheduler 2.0 API to overcome the problems with Windows 10 and the previous TS 1.0 API.
Instant virtualisation of Macrium Images is now included in the Free Edition installer.
When creating a new virtual machine Macrium viBoot will now create a Microsoft Virtual Hard Disk (.VHDX) file that's re-directed to an existing Macrium Image file (.MRIMG) and a differencing .VHDX that contains changes generated by the running Virtual Machine. Previously, a Macrium Image file was used to create a virtual SCSI disk which was then mounted in a Virtual Machine. The latest version is a huge improvement and offers greater persistence and performance. It also allows us to offer additional functionality in the future, such as compatibility with other virtualisation environments including VMWare and VirtualBox.
These new .VHDX files are stored in the designated Macrium viBoot Repository (default "C:\ProgramData\Macrium\viBoot" but configurable from within Macrium viBoot) and remain open until the Macrium viBoot virtual machine is deleted.
Previously, if VSS were to become unresponsive due to COM+ or VSS writer configuration issues then this could cause Images or File and Folder backups to hang indefinitely. When this happened, subsequent scheduled backups would permanently queue until either the hanging backup was ended in Task Manager or the PC rebooted.
v7.1 includes a default 15 minute VSS timeout that will cause a "VSS Timeout" error message in the log followed by a retry without VSS Writers, or termination:
The timeout can be changed by setting a registry entry. Please create this entry if it doesn't exist:
|Value||900 (Default) number of seconds|
Previously, Macrium Reflect operational Windows Events were only logged for Macrium Reflect Sever and Sever Plus editions. Macrium Reflect Workstation edition now includes the same event logging.