How to create a system image in Windows 8

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Creating a Windows system image could be a very useful strategy to back up the body and a good method to migrate to an alternative storage drive.

Ed Rhee

September 24, 2013 9:51 AM PDT

Windows 8 advanced startup(Credit: Ed Rhee/CNET)

Creating system image backups of one's Windows PC and storing them by using an external drive, optical media, or network drive, can be quite handy. Reimaging a PC normally takes minutes, instead of the hours forced to reinstall Windows, the hardware drivers, and many types of your applications. It's also a good method to migrate your old hard drive to an alternative one.

There are third-party solutions like, True Image, Norton Ghost, and Clonezilla, but Windows can cause system images too. Beginning with Windows 7, Microsoft began including a tool for creating system images and it is available in Windows 8 also. To create a process image in Windows 8, some tips about what you need to do:

Step 1: Search for "recovery" from the Windows 8 Start screen, then find the setting, "Windows 7 File Recovery."

Search for recovery in Windows 8 settings(Credit: Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET)

Step 2: Once the Windows 7 File Recovery user interface launches, click on the "Create something image" link from your left side from the window.

Create a process image link(Credit: Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET)

Step 3: Choose in which you want to save the device image. You can select an external storage device or burn the image to DVDs. An external hard disk would be preferable here, since a process image might be several gigabytes or higher.

Step 4: Confirm that the backup settings look correct, then go through the Start backup button.

Start system image backup(Credit: Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET)

At the end in the process, you should have the option to create something repair disc, but you'll probably want to create a USB recovery drive instead. To reimage your PC using the system image, head to Settings > Change PC Settings > General, then go through the Restart now button under Advanced startup. If you developed a USB recovery drive, you can boot on the drive, then navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > System Image Recovery.

Once the wizard begins, you will have to choose your user account and enter your password. If you get a blunder message that Windows cannot find a system image, ensure you've plugged in the external storage drive that you saved it.


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