Create Windows 10 System Image Backup

Have you ever had boot issues with your Windows setup? If yes, then follow along and learn how to take the system image backup. If you're upgrading to Windows 10 then knowing how to take system backup is very important. The process explained below does not require you to use any third party tool or expensive software to take the system image backup.

Previous versions of Windows 7 and 8 had this ability of creating a full system backup image. Windows 10 has improved on the process of backup and recovery. It also gives you more access to features that help you backup and recover the operating system.

Such recovery images can be very handy to recover the default state of your hard disk, which is similar to restoring to factory settings. These images help recover especially when you're unable to boot into windows. There are several ways with which you can create such backup images. If you don't mind paying for the software product, there are third party products that you can use to take image backups of Windows 10.

For example, Norton Ghost and True Image are some of such software's that are capable of creating desktop and server installation images. These software's not only help you get backup image but also help in recovering the factory installation state. However, for those who are using Windows 10 at home, buying such software is an overkill solution. So instead of using expensive software, let's see how to do it for free. You don't even need to use any third party tool to make this system backup image.

When to take System Image Backup

Whenever you install the operating system with clean install option, it is recommended to make system image and also repair disc. When you secure yourself with these two options, you'll be prepared for any boot issues that may arise in the future.

Follow the procedure below to create system image in Windows 10.

Step 1: Right click on start menu and click on Control Panel.
Step 2: Inside control panel, click Backup and Restore.
Step 3: Click on Create System image link.
Step 4: Windows will ask you to choose location to save your system image.
Step 5: Depending on your choice, choose either DVD, USB Drive or network location to store your system image.
Step 6: Let's assume you have connected external drive, verify your backup location.
Step 7: Start the backup.

Also Check: Step by step instructions to install Windows 10
Check your backup location. Assuming it is external drive, then find the folder named "WindowsImageBackup". This folder contains the backup image which you can use to restore the Windows in future.

Windows 10 takes backup of each of your system drives. Depending on the data available, it takes several minutes to backup your drives. At the end of the process, the installer will ask you to create repair disc for Windows. Depending on your needs, you can either follow along or just dismiss the dialog box. If you happen to create a system repair disc, you get plenty of new features that allows you to repair Windows. For example, new features allow you to make system image recovery, startup image repair option, Downgrade Windows (within 30 days of upgrade) and startup settings. These tools are very important to use when you are unable to boot into your Windows desktop.

When not to use System Image

There are times when you have to make clean install and also format the master boot record. For example, If you happen to find any malware on system, you may want to use Windows ISO and make clean install. In case of virus and security issues, it is better to make clean install.

If you're upgrading from Windows 7 or 8, then you should definitely backup your system before you upgrade. If you choose to go with clean install option, taking system image backup is even more beneficial. The practice of taking system image backup will help you rollback without any glitches when you get into trouble upgrading to Windows 10.


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