How to Create & Restore a System Image Backup in Windows 7, 8 & 10

Create System Image Backup in Windows 7, 8 & 10

Want to know how to create a system image backup in Windows 7, 8 and 10?

And also how to create a recovery disc and restore a system image?

Then you've come to the right place, because here...

...I will show you step by step how to do this.

But first:

What is a System Image Backup?

A is a backup that contains a copy of your Micrososft Windows with all of your installed programs, system settings, and files.

You can use a system image to restore Windows and software when your PC or hard disk stops working, or when your computer is infected by that is difficult to remove or when Windows is not working properly anymore.

You can store the on a second internal hard drive (installed in your computer), a external hard drive, usb flash drive, on one or more DVD(s) or on a network location.

I will show you step by step how to create a system image, how to create a recovery disc, and how to restore a system image in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.

And now:

How to Create a System Image Backup in Windows 7, 8 & 10

How to open System Image Backup in Windows 8.1 & 10

1 Open "Control Panel".

Right-click on the start menu and choose "Control Panel".

2 Open "System and Security".

3 Open "File History".

4 Click on "System Image Backup" (located bottom left).

Open Windows System Image Backup

5 Click on "Create a system image" (located top left).

How to open System Image Backup in Windows 7

1 Click on Start menu go to "Getting Started" and then click on "Back up your files".

2 Click on "Create a system image" (located at the top left).

Creating a System Image Backup in Windows 7, 8, or 10

1 Select where you want to save the backup.

There are 3 options:

If you want to save the system image on a external hard disk, then connect the device now. If you don't see it, then click on "Refresh".

Save Windows System Image External Hard Disk

If you want to burn the system image to one or more DVDs then insert the first DVD into the CD/DVD writer of your PC.

If you want to save the system image to a network location, then click on "Select", enter the location, username and password, and click on "OK".

2 Click on "Next" (located at the bottom).

3 Click on "Start backup" and Windows will create the system image.

This may take a while. The time it will take depends on your system and which method you use to save the backup.

After the process is completed you get the option to create a system repair disc and you should use this option.

A system repair disc can be used to boot your system. It also contains Windows system recovery tools that can help you recover Windows from a serious error or restore your computer from a system image.

To create a system repair disc, just select a CD/DVD drive, insert a blank CD or DVD into the drive and click on "Create disc".

How to Restore a System Image

A system image backup can't be restored from within Windows because it will completely overwrite the Windows system.

To restore a system image backup you'll need to boot from a Windows recovery disc.

Warning! You should backup all your data (documents and files) before restoring a system image backup, otherwise your data will be lost.

Windows 10 Only

1 Insert the recovery disc into the CD/DVD drive of your PC.

2 Connect the external hard disk (containing the system image) to your computer.

3 Open "Settings".

3 ways to open "Settings":

1. Enter settings into the search bar and click on "Settings" (when it appears).

2. Click on the start menu and then click on "Settings".

3. Click on the notifications icon and then click on "All settings".

4 Open "Updates & security".

5 Click on "Recovery" (located at the left side).

6 Go to "Advanced startup" and click on "Restart now".

Windows will now restart and open a startup screen.

7 Click on "Troubleshoot".

8 Open "Advanced options".

9 Click on "System Image Recovery".

10 If they ask you to select the operating system, then do it.

Windows will now search for the system image located on your external hard drive.

11 Select the system image and click on "Next".

12 Click on "Finish".

The restore process will now start. This may take a while. Windows will restart your PC when it's finished.

Windows 7, 8 & 10

1 Insert the recovery disc into the CD/DVD drive of your PC.

2 Connect the external hard disk (containing the system image) to your computer.

3 Restart your PC.

If the Bios of your system is set to boot from a CD/DVD drive, then you will see "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD.._".

If you don't see this message, then you will need to press the correct key to open the boot options. On many computers it's the "F12" key, but it really depends on your computer.

Most common keys to open boot options are F9 on HP, F10 on Sony, F11 on MSI, F12 on Dell, Lenova and Acer, and Esc on ASUS.

4 Press within 5 seconds on any key to boot from a CD or DVD.

Windows will now load the necessary files from the disc and after that it will open a "System Recovery Options" window.

5 Select the right keyboard input (when asked) and click on "Next".

System Recovery will now search for the system image on your hard drive.

6 Select "Restore your computer using a system image you created earlier" and then click on "Next".

7 Select "Use the latest available system image (recommended)" and then click on "Next".

8 Click on "Next" in the "Choose additional restore options" screen.

9 Check if it's the correct system image and click on "Finish".

10 Just click on "Yes" when the warning message appears.

The restore process will now start. This may take a while. Windows will restart your PC when it's finished.

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