Creating system backup of any Windows system is good practice to deal with any unexpected system crash, loss of data and more. In this blog, you will know about the simple steps to create a complete systems image backup on Windows 10. But before begin, this process make sure that you have a place to store the image. According to the professionals, it is recommended to have either a secondary hard drive with large storage space connected to your system directly or over a network, a large enough pen drive or memory card and any other options. It is recommended that you must have to save the created image file into any external hard drive.
Steps for Creating a System Image Backup
Step 1: Press the Windows key and type “File History“, hit Enter key.
Step 2: A window will appear, click the “System Image Backup” option present in the bottom-left corner.
Step 3: Again, look in the left-hand pane, and choose the option “Create a system image.“
Step 4: System image utility will come in to view. At this, you have to give the path where you want to save your system image, and the options are the hard disk, DVD, or network location. Choose the storage location for your system image.
Step 5: Click on the “Next” and your primary Windows drive and boot sector will already be selected, but if you want to create the backup of any other hard drives then you have to select them here, then click “Next” again.
Step 6: At this step, you’ll get an option to review your selections. If everything is according to your requirement then go ahead and click “Start backup.” The entire backup process will take time, it depends on how many files and drives you selected for the backup process.
Step 7: After the completion of the backup process, a pop-up will appear asking for “you’d like to create a system repair disc or not”. This is completely optional, so you can skip this step if you don’t want to create system repair disc.
Steps to Restore from a System Image Backup
Step 1: Insert a Windows installation disc or bootable disc and boot into setup.
Step 2: At the Windows setup window you have to click on the “Next,” and select the “Repair your computer” option present at the lower-left corner.
Step 3: After it, click “Troubleshoot,” then “Advanced Options,” and choose “System Image Recovery.” At this point, choose the system image backup you created, then simply follow the prompts.
This will complete restore your computer/laptop and take your system to the exact state it was in when you created the backup.