How to create System image in Windows 8 and 8.1

It is very handy to create the system image backup of your Windows system and storing the backup on the external, network or optical drive. This is useful in the situations like when a system error occurs on your system. It will take just few minutes to take system backup, unlike hours to install Windows. This is also helpful when you migrate your old hard drive to the new one.

System image is nothing but the copy of your hard drive, and it includes the drives required for Windows to run and also includes your files, programs, system settings and more. When you restore the system image file it completely restores your previous Windows files, settings and more. But you can’t select individual items to restore and all your settings, programs and the files replaced by contents of the system image.

How to create System image in Windows 8 and 8.1

  • Navigate to Windows 8 start screen and search for recovery and click on the setting Windows 7 File Recovery.
  • It launches Windows 7 File Recovery in the Control Panel and here click on Create System image link located in the left pane.
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  • Select the location in your computer to save the system image. You can save it on the external storage device or burn this system image on to DVDs. I recommend to select external hard drive, as it can store lot of data.
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  • Navigate back to the backup settings again and make sure that they look perfect. Once it is done click on the click on the Start backup option.

After the process is completed, there is an option to create system repair disc. If you encounter any error, you need to reimage the PC using system image navigate to Settings > Change PC Settings > General and then restart your computer. If you have created USB recovery drive, boot to the drive, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > System image recovery.

Once the process begins, you need to enter your user account and password. If you get any error like Windows cannot find the system image like Windows cannot find the system image, you need to make sure that you have connected external storage drive where you saved the system image.

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