Whilst computers often work without problems, there can be times where you’ll run into an issue that just can’t be resolved without a full system restore. For those unfortunate moments, you need to have a plan B. Your plan B will involve a back up of your important files and data that can be recovered at any time.
Backing up your whole PC can feel like a lot of work, but it’s surprisingly easy. With Windows System Image Backup tool you can save everything with just a couple of clicks.
How To Use Windows System Image Backup Tool
With this built-in tool you can save an exact copy of your whole PC, including all your settings and everything else. The tool is super easy to use and it’s incredibly powerful.
When you restore your backup, you’ll get all of your files restored to you just how you left them.
Because this tool is so easy to use, it’s recommended to backup your files regularly. The tool also provides you a decent file history mechanism, so you can even find older versions of your files.
How to configure the full backup
- Use the right mouse button to click on the Windows Start menu (on the left bottom corner)
- Open Control Panel (if not found, type in the search box)
- Click File History and click “System Image Backup” in the left hand bottom corner
- Plug in a hard drive, eg. USB External Drive
- Choose the drive that you’d like to save your backup on. It could be a DVD disk, network drive or physical hard drive.
- Click Next and confirm the settings and start the backup process
Please be aware that the steps mentioned above may be located differently or have different names depending on your Windows setup, version and locale.
The time it takes to complete the backup will depend on the size of your system. Don’t worry, you’ll be able to continue working on your PC as normal whilst the backup progresses in the background. After the backup has been completed, disconnect the backup device or network drive and store it somewhere safe.
A simple backup can save you from a lot of trouble. Hardware failure, theft, fire, loss of data or many other reasons can cause a lot of stress if no backup is available. Having a backup is like having an insurance policy on your files and data.
In the case you need to backup, boot the computer with the Windows Installation media and choose the backup to restore as part of the Windows Repair process. During the Troubleshooting wizard, click Advanced and choose the System Image Recovery option.