Thursday, January 16, 2014

Creating A System Backup Image In Windows 8

No matter how much care you provide to your Windows system, it come across a wide range of issues and thus, there is always a risk of data loss. Creating system backup image of your Windows computer and saving the file in an external media can help to recover data files in an event of system malfunction later. Apart from that, creating a backup image makes it quite easier to transfer files and documents to another computer while upgrading the system.

There are numerous third-party applications for creating system backup image such as True Image, Norton Ghost, and Clonezilla; but the task can also be done using an inbuilt tool in the most recent versions of Windows platform. Follow the below given steps to create a system backup image in your Windows 8 computer.


  • Search for recovery from the Start Screen on your Win8 computer and click on the Windows 7 File Recovery option in the search results page.
  • Click on the Create a system image link located on the left pane of the Windows 7 File Recovery utility window.
  • Select a desired location to save the system image file, and re-check the backup settings.
  • Click on the Start backup button to begin the process. When done, you will have the options to create a system repair disc or recovery drive. Insert any removal media like USB flash drive, DVD, or external hard disk to the computer and follow the on-screen instructions for the task.

The above steps show you how to create a backup image of your Windows 8 computer. To recover files and data from the system image, proceed with the following steps.

  • Go to the Settings menu on your Win8 computer Start Screen and click on Change PC Settings option. Move on to the General section and locate Advanced startup.
  • Select Restart now button located under the category and click on Troubleshoot to boot to the drive that contains the system backup image.
  • Select Advanced options in the resulting page, and opt for System Image Recovery.
  • Select your user account and enter the password when prompted by the System Image Recovery wizard, and you are done.

If you get any error message saying that ‘Windows cannot find a system image’, make sure that the storage media is connected properly to the system, and carry out the above steps once again. If you still face issues in reimaging from the system backup image, contact Windows support center for assistance.

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