Windows 10 – How To Back Up & Restore An System Image File

Re-Blogged From PC Magazine

Windows 10“Has your Windows 10 environment ever become so hosed that it was unusable? A special backup feature from Microsoft could rescue you should you ever find yourself in that predicament.

Known as System Image Backup, the feature creates an entire image file of Windows 10 rather than just select folders and files, like File History. This way if Windows ever gets corrupted, crashes, or simply stops working, you can get it back on its feet by restoring the entire image.

The only drawback is that you can’t restore individual files via System Image Backup; only the entire image. So you’ll want to create the image on a fairly regular basis to house the latest version of your Windows 10 environment. Before you get started, you’ll need to set up an external source on which to save your image file. You can create the image on DVDs, but the easiest option is to use a USB drive or a network-attached storage (NAS) drive.

In Windows 10, launch Control Panel and then click on the setting for File History.

In Windows 10, launch Control Panel and then click on the setting for File History.

In the File History window, click on the link in the lower-left corner that says System Image Backup.

Windows looks for a backup destination on a hard drive or USB drive, DVDs, or a network location. Choose the backup locale you wish to use. Click Next.

Create a Windows 10 System Repair Disc

Next, you’ll want to create a system repair disc to use if Windows is ever incapable of booting up on its own. To do this at the Backup and Restore (Windows 7) window, click on the link at the upper-left that says “Create a system repair disc,” and let Windows create the disc…………………”

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