Microsoft rolls out a new feature to create a backup of entire system core files on Windows 10 PC using System Image Backup tool. This assists you to initiate a backup of the entire PC including Windows installation, updates, configuration, and Applications. You can also avail File History or One Drive’s protection tool to create the backup. This helps to avoid duplicate files and keep the documents up-to-date which can be used during the crucial phases like a system failure.
Apart from these features, the main disadvantage of this tool is that you can’t restore any specific file on HDD. To get back such files, you have to get access to all files in Libraries, Documents, Images, Music, etc. It is thus recommended to create the backup on a regular basis to avoid the sudden crash of the entire OS. If that’s the case, you can use the latest image to restore the last back-up. Here, we discuss how to create a mirror image of the full System as well as restore such backups when time demands.
How to create a full backup of Windows 10
Here, we depict a detailed description of how to create a full backup of Windows 10 using the System Image backup tool.
Create a backup using the System Image tool
Using the System image tool, you can create a backup of the whole System’s files and Configuration. This tool uses Shadow copy technology to create a mirror image of your system.
Doing so, it also copies ongoing applications without any interruption. To make the full backup of your system via System Image, you should follow these steps-
Step-1: At first, go to Cortana and type Control Panel in the search box, once found click on the same.
Step-2: On the visible screen, tap the System & Security option thereafter Backup and Restore (Windows 7).
Step-3: Again hit Create a system image on the left column to launch “Where do you want to save the backup page”.
Step-4: Henceforth, select the specific location on a hard disk radio button section. This is to store the backup files followed by the Next option.
Step-5: In case, you want to add an external device for backup purposes; you can choose any underlying option. There forth hit Next to proceed further.
Step-6: On succeeding window, tap Start backup to confirm the changes. This will create duplicate images of all selected files on HDD partition.
Note: Depending upon the data archived, this process might take approx 10 minutes to 2 hours in order to create a backup of the entire PC.
This will save the files to a specific network location or secondary storage (chosen by you). It is always best to keep such files on USB in order to prevent any accidental loss.
Step-7: At last when you finish the above task, a new prompt will appear, asking you to create a system repair disk. It will help you to restore the files when your system undergoes unwanted damage.
In case you use a bootable USB flash drive to access the recovery option, you can skip this feature.
Restore System image backup
When you have created a backup of your system, you can use the same when some unexpected thing happens like- can’t boot your PC properly. To restore the files using these backup files you need to follow the below steps.
- Firstly, attach the recovery disk or Windows Installation Media to its respected port.
- Restart the computer to default launch Windows Setup Wizard.
Note: In case the setup window doesn’t appears up, simultaneously hit any of the function keys like F1, F2, F3, F10, F12 or the ESC and Delete button. The keys depend upon your system’s model, hence know beforehand your PC’s configuration and its supporting function’s key.
- On install Wizard, hit the Next button henceforth select System Restore on the left bottom corner.
- Succeeding after, tap Troubleshoot using three consecutive options.
- Under the Advanced Options window, hit System Image Recovery followed by Windows 10 as the target operating system.
- Now tap Use the latest available system image tool then Next to go ahead.
Note: If your PC has multiple backups, tap the Select system image option. This will restore the previous copy of the files.
Again, if the system images files are stored in a hard disk drive; you can select Format and partition disks before using these files.
- Subsequently, press the Next button followed by Finish to begin the process.
- At last hit Yes on the confirmation window to permit these changes.
The restoration of system core files will start automatically. This takes a huge time to complete the whole task, hence wait accordingly. The sudden interruption like power fluctuation might disturb this process. It is thereby recommended to connect your PC with UPS as well. If you are a laptop user, ensure the system is connected to the continuous Power source.
When the files recovery gets over, try updating your system. To Perform this, navigate to the following path-
Settings> Update and Security> Windows Update
- Switch to the right panel and tap Check for updates button to automatically download and install the pending available Updates.
When you update the PC with the latest version, these system images of all files will help you to return back to the previous version if something goes wrong like hardware or system failure. It also safeguards your system from other nuisance like- fault in Hard drive, Malware attack, etc.
Note: If you have adjusted any program or settings after the backup is likely to change when you start the restoration.