Computer recovery plan should always start with a full backup, and in this guide, we show you the steps to protect your system and data using Windows 10’s system image backup tool.
Although it is well-hidden within the operating system, Windows 10 allows you to create an image backup, which is a comprehensive backup of your entire computer. Let’s get started:
- Open up Control Panel in Windows 10 if you don’t know how search for it on your Windows 10 machine.
- Once in control panel make sure to change the view to Small and click on Backup and Restore (Windows 7).
- Click on the Create a system image link on the left and do a one-time backup of the entire system.
- When you click on Create a system image, you’ll be asked where you want to save the backup image. There are three options: on a hard disk, on one or more DVDs or on a network location. In my case, I’ve chosen another (partition) disk that is installed on my system.
- Next, you’ll have to select which drives you want to backup. By default, Windows will select the system partition, recovery partition and EFI system partition. You can add any additional drives if you like.
- At the bottom it will tell you how much space is required for the backups and how much space is available on the target disk. Finally, you’ll see a summary and can start the backup by clicking Start Backup.The backup process will take some time depending on how much data needs to be backed up and how fast your target disk is.
- Once the backup is complete, you will be asked if you want to create a system repair disc. We highly recommend that you do this immediately as you’ll need it in order to restore the PC in case something goes wrong.You can always create it later, but it’s taking a risk. If you go to the backup location, you will see a folder called WindowsImageBackup.Note that you cannot access the contents of this folder or even check the size, etc. It’s owned by the system and cannot be read or accessed by any user, even the Administrator.