Backing up Windows operating system (OS) is an important process. It helps you to save a copy of your Windows OS and use it to restore your computer when something goes wrong.
Basically, creating a backup image of your Windows is create a copy of everything in the system drive (C:\ partition). When you choose to restore from this backup file, it will restore your computer back to the current state at the time you created the backup.
However, many of you don’t know where to get started to back up your Windows. Today, in this article, we will show you how to back up your computer with the built-in tool on Windows. You don’t need to download or install any third party tool like True Image or Ghost.
We would suggest you to keep important files or large files in the other drives to keep it safer. When the Windows OS crashes, you don’t need to retrieve data from the system partition (C:\) because they are stored on another drive. This method also helps the backup or restore process is faster, and the image file is smaller.
Create A System Image Backup On Windows 7, 8, Or Windows 10
Depends on the version of Windows you are using, the process of accessing “System Image Backup” tool is different. We will show you how to ways to access this tool on each Windows version, and also the way to create the backup image of your computer.
How To Open System Image Backup Tool And Create New Backup Image?
On Windows OS (all versions, including Windows 8, 8.1 or Windows 10), you can quickly open the “System Image Backup” tool by pressing Windows key and type: “Backup and Restore“. It will show you the tool on the list, just click on it to open.
In the “Backup and Restore” window, click on the “Create a system image” on the left panel.
Select where you want to store the backup image file. You can choose to keep this backup file on another hard drive, USB drive, burn to DVDs or save it to a network location. After selecting the location that you want to store the backup file, click on the “Next” button.
In the next step, you need to choose the drive you want to backup. By default, the C: partition will be selected and can’t uncheck it. But you can choose to add one or more partition to create the backup image file.
Read the details again if it’s correct, click on the “Start backup” button.
The backup process will be started. You need to wait until it complete. If you are using a laptop, make sure you have enough power left, or it will interrupt the process and automatically cancel it.
After the backup process is complete, it will ask you to create a “system repair disc” or not. This will come with Windows System Recovery tool that will help you recover your computer from the backup even you can’t boot to it.
With this built-in tool on Windows, you will be able to backup and restore your computer when it got any error. You will not need to purchase any third party utility to help you to do that.
Tip: If you don’t know how to deal with Windows errors and problems, you should backup your computer frequently. It will help you stay away from them.
In fact, this backup tool belongs to Windows 7, but Microsoft has brought it to Windows 8, 8.1 or Windows 10. There is a new backup feature on Windows 10, which allows you to add the drive you want to store the backup file and then the Windows OS will automatically backup itself for you.
You can also select which folder you want to include …
Or exclude from the backup image.
To access this new feature, click on the “Start“, choose “Settings” > “Update & Security” > “Backup” tab.
Have you tried this new feature on Windows 10 yet?