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How to Create a System Image Backup on Windows 10


Today we are going to show you how to make system image backup on Windows 10. And this is a bit different than a system restore point. It’s actually a snapshot of your entire Windows installation as well as all setting configuration and data, which you can use to restore your system from almost any critical failure. So if your hard drive physically brakes down, you still be able to get everything back, exactly as it was before it went down.

But before you get started you will need a safe place to store the system image. Ideally you should have a completely separate hard drive attach to your computer or at least a DVD and a disk drive to burn it. Technically you can even repartition your primary hard drive to create a storage space for your system image, but if your hard drive will fail you going to lose both your Windows install and your system image.

So once you have a storage location, first thing to do is press the Windows button on your keyboard, type file history and press Enter.

windows 10 file history start menu

From the window that pops up next go ahead and click the System Image Backup link at the bottom left corner.

windows 10 file history

After that look at the left section and click the Create a System Image button. At this point the system image tool should pop up.

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The first menu here is asking you were you would like to store your backup. In the options are: hard drive, DVD or network. If you going with the hard drive, you can use this drop menu to select the storage location for your system image backup. When you are done here, go ahead and click Next.

windows 10 create system image

From here it will ask you which drives you would like to create a System Image Backup. Your primary Windows drive in a boot sector will already be selected, but if you have any documents in other drives, you can select them as well.

windows 10 backup select drives

After clicking Next on that screen you will get a chance to review your selections. If everything looks like it should, go ahead and click Start Backup. From here, depending on how many files and drives were selected, the backup process will take anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours or so. During the process you can use your machine as you would normally do.

That’s all! Let us know your backup experience in the comments below!


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