Creating a Full System Image Backup in Windows 10 [The Ultimate Guide]

backup of your system.

What is a Backup?

To restore your complete data, backup is necessary or else you may lose some core essential data.

Acknowledging Windows 10 Backup Calibre

Windows have two types of backup:

System image backup includes backing up everything available on your drive including apps, drive partition, settings, etc. System Image Backup prevents the hassle of reinstalling Windows and applications if in any case, the PC or desktop gets formatted or any virus/malware attacks it. It is advisable to create System Image backup three or four times a year.

File Backup: File Backup includes copying of data files like documents, photos and others alike. It is advisable to create File Backup regularly to prevent loss of any important data.

Creating a Full System Image Backup in Windows 10

create a restore point  just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Create Backup manually by copying files

To create Backup, manually follow the below steps:

  • Plugin the external device (hard disk, pen drive which should have enough space).
  • Visit each folder and drive whose Backup you want to create.
  • Copy the content of the drive to the external drive.
  • Remove the external drive.

Cons of this method:

  • Time-consuming: you must visit every folder and drive manually.
  • Needs your full attention: you may miss some folders which may lead to loss of your relevant data.

Method 2: Create a Full Back up using System Image tool

To create a full backup using System Image tool, follow the below steps:

1.Plug in your external storage device (Pen Drive, hard disk, etc.) or which should have enough space to hold all the data.

Note: Make sure it has sufficient space to hold all of your data. It is recommended to use at least a 4TB HDD for this purpose.

2.Open the Control Panel (By searching it under the search box available at left bottom corner).

3.Click on System and Security under Control Panel.

4.Click on Backup and Restore (Windows 7). (Ignore the “Windows 7” label)

5.Click on “Create A System Image” from the top left corner.

6.“looking for backup devices…” window will appear.

7.Under “Where do you want to save the backup” window choose “On a hard disk.”

8.Choose the appropriate drive where you want to create the Backup using the dropdown menu. It will also show how much space is available in each drive.

9.Click the Next button available at bottom right corner.

10.Under “Which drive do you want to include in the backup?choose any additional device which you may want to include in the Backup.

11.Click on the Next button.

12.Next, click on the Start Backup button.

13.Your device Backup will start now, including hard drive, drive partitions, applications everything.

14.While device backup is in progress, below box will appear, which will make sure that Backup is creating.

15.If you want to stop backup at any point of time, click on “Stop Backup”.

16.The Backup may take a few hours. It may also slow down the PC, so it always advisable to create Backup when you are not doing anything on PC or Desktop.

17.The System Image tool uses “Shadow Copy” technology. This technology allows you to create a backup in the background. In the meantime, you can continue using your PC or Desktop.

18.When the backup process completes, you will be asked if you want to create a System Repair Disc. This can be used to restore a backup in case your device is not able to start correctly. If your PC or Desktop has an optical drive, create the System Repair Disc. But you can skip this option as it is not necessary.

19.Now your Backup is finally created. All you must do now is remove the external storage device.

Restore the PC from a System Image

In order to get into the recovery environment for restoring the image you have build, steps you need to follow are –

1.Press Windows Key + I to open Settings then click on “Update & Security” icon.

2.Now from the left-hand side menu make sure to select Recovery.

3.Next, under Advanced startup section click on “Restart now” button.

4.If you can’t access your system then boot from Windows disc to restore your PC using this System Image.

5.Now from Choose an option screen click on Troubleshoot.

6.Click Advanced options on Troubleshoot screen.

7.Select System Image Recovery from the list of options.

8.Select your user account and type in your Microsoft account password to continue.

9.Your system will reboot and prepare for recovery mode.

10.This will open System Image Recovery Console, select cancel if you are present with a pop up saying Windows cannot find a system image on this computer.

11.Now checkmark Select a system image backup and click Next.

12.Insert your DVD or external Hard disk which contains the system image and the tool will automatically detect your system image then click Next.

13.Now click Finish then click Yes to continue and wait for the system to recover your PC using this System image.

14.Wait while the restoration takes place.

Why is System Image Backup the De-Facto?

recommended to create a backup if you want quick recovery of your system from failures, malware, virus or any other problem harming it.


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So, there you have it! Never have a problem in Creating a Full System Image Backup in Windows 10 with this ultimate guide! If you still have any queries regarding this guide then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.