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Creating a Windows 7 System Image

Nov 23

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Wed, 23 Nov 2011 10:39:28 GMT  RssIcon

What is a System Image and Why bother?

A system image is an exact copy of your harddrive. The system image includes Windows and your system settings, programs, and personal data files. In the event your computer stops working due to a software or hardware failure - you can use the system image to restore everything back to the state your system was in when the image was taken (assuming you've had the faulty hardware replaced/repaired).

This is one of the fastest methods to recover your system from a major software crash. However keep in mind that using a system image to restore your computer is a complete restore - this means that all of your programs, system settings, and personal data are replaced with the contents of the current system image.

Now For the Fun Stuff...

1. Click the start button and type 'backup' then select 'Backup and Restore' from the quick search menu and finally when the Back and Restore window opens select 'Create a System Image' as shown below:

 The 'Create a System image' window opens up as show below:

2. Decide how you want to backup - either to a portable hard disk (this must already be connected before you run the wizard) or a set of DVDs (this can take up a lot of discs depending on how much space you are using) or to a network location. Once you have decided click 'Next' to continue...

3. This step shows available hard disks on your computer available for backup - The system drive (C: by default) will be checked and cannot be unchecked - if you only have one drive available as in this demonstration click 'Next'...

 4. Confirm that all the details are correct - in our example the backup will need 66 blank DVD discs - better to backup to a portable hard disk for our needs - however yours may only need up to 6 on a standard installation. Click 'Start backup' and go and get yourself something tastey to drink as this could take a while - and if you've chosen to backup to DVDs you'll need to look out for the prompts to put in the next blank DVD disc...

5. Provided everything went well you'll be told after a period of time "Backup Completed Successfully". At this point you can click 'Close' and you'll then be prompted to create a System Repair Disc...

If you haven't already created a System Repair Disc - I strongly suggest that you do - see our article 'Make a Windows 7 System Repair Disc'

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