Create a System Image Backup in Windows 8.1 and 8

How to Create a System Image Backup in Windows 8.1/8/7

Apr. 01, 2014 10:31 am / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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"How do I create a system image backup on Windows 8 computer?"

Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 include the ability to create a system image that can be used to restore your computer's hard drives back to the exact state they were in when you created the backup. This backup is an extract replica of your drive including your personal data and Windows files.

This tutorial will walk you through creating a Windows system image backup in Windows 8.1/8 and 7 respectively. Keep reading.

Part I: How to Create a System Image Backup in Windows 8.1/8?

Note: For Windows 8.1 user, you can go to the Windows 7 File History to get the system image function. If you are still on Windows 8, you should really do the upgrade to Windows 8.1, it's free, and very important.

  • Step 1: Search for "recovery" from the Windows 8 Start screen, then select the setting, "Windows 7 File Recovery".
  • Step 2: Once the File Recovery control panel launches, click on the Create a system image link from the left side of the window.

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  • Step 3: Choose where you want to save the system image. You can select an external storage device or burn the image to DVDs. An external hard drive would be preferable here, since a system image can be several gigabytes or more.

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  • Step 4: Confirm that the backup settings look correct, then click the Start backup button.

At the end of the process to create a system image backup in Windows 8.1/8, you'll have the option to create a system repair disc, but you'll probably want to create a USB recovery drive instead. To reimage your PC using the system image, to to Settings > Change PC Setting > General, then click on the Restart now button under Advanced startup. To be more specific, you can click here to learn the detailed steps on How to Do System Image Recovery in Windows 8.1 and 8.

Part II: How to Create a System Image Backup in Windows 7?

  • Step 1: Click on Start, go to Getting Started and then select Back up your files.

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  • Step 2: Next click on the Create a system image hyperlink.

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  • Step 3: Decide where you want to save the image. You can choose an external drive, burn to multiple DVD's, or store it on a network location.

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    Note: You can include other drives if you want as well but remember that will add to the size of the final image.
  • Step 4: The confirmation screen appears. Notice the amount of space the image may take. If something doesn't look right you can still go back from this point and make adjustments.

The same as which is in Windows 8.1 and 8, after the process is complete, you get the option to create a system repair disc which you should do and make sure to save it in a secure location. The guide on how to restore a system image in Windows 7 is very similar as which is for Windows 8.1/8, just check it from the link mentioned above.

Just choose the right tutorial for you to create system image backups in Windows computer according to the operating system you're running.

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