In this gloomy world of endless possibilities, you never know when anything can go wrong at any minute. But as we’re survivors we cannot give up and sit back! As we lead (albeit happily!) a tech-savvy lifestyle, almost our data and important stuff is stored on the system. But we’re always constantly worried in the back of our mind that what if anything goes wrong like if the system disk crashes or one day when your PC refuses to turn ON. It will definitely turn your world upside down, right?
Well, as 2018 is finally ending let’s do something productive to end it on a good note. To have peace of mind, creating a Windows backup is one sure thing to do. So, that even if anything goes wrong all your important data and precious memories stay intact. Here’s a quick guide on how to create a system backup on Windows 10, 7 and 8.
Let’s see how to back up Windows without using any third-party tool.
How to Create a System Backup on Windows 10,7 and 8
The whole process of creating a system image backup on Windows 10, 7, and 8 stays quite the same and is just slightly different for different versions so we will clear that step by step
Tap the Start button and type “Backup and Restore” and then hit Enter.
Now in the Backup and Restore Window, tap on “Create System image” option.
To find this option on Windows 8, follow these quick steps.
Hit the Start menu and type “File History” in the search box.
Now in the File History window, tap the “System Image Backup” option.
To find system image backup on Windows 7, here’s what you need to do.
Tap on the Start icon, tap on “Getting Started” arrow and then select “Backup your files” option.
In the new window that appears on the screen, click on “Create system image” link..
How to Initiate System Image Backup on Windows
As we’re now through with how to find the system image backup option on various versions of Windows let’s proceed towards next stage.
Once you launch the System Image backup tool on Windows, first it will scan for all external hard drives. When Windows is done scanning your entire external hard drive, it will ask you that where do you want to save the system backup.
You can select your option via drop-down list like whether you want to save it on a portable hard drive or a DVD etc. Once you’re done picking your option, tap on “Next”.
In the next window, you choose what all things you want to include for backing up. Windows drives will be picked by default and you can check on other options to add for backup.
Windows will now ask you to confirm your action on the next Window. Here you can view how much storage space backup will take on your hard drive and then proceed further.
If everything looks pretty fine and if you’ve got enough storage, then tap on “Start Backup” option.
Windows will not get to work and will start creating an image backup of your system. This process might take up a few minutes depending upon how big your data files are. The time may also vary depending upon the system type and storage medium which you’re using. You can anyway check the status of backup via progress meter.
You can keep this process going mostly during the hours when you’re not using your PC so that you don’t run out on patience while waiting.
How to Restore System Image Back up on Windows
To restore system image backup on Windows, follow these quick steps.
Hold down the “Shift” key while restarting your Windows PC.
You will now see a special “Advanced Options” screen. Select “System Image Recovery” option from the list.
Now in the “System Image Recovery” window that you see on screen, select the “Restore your computer using a system image that you created earlier” option and then hit “Next” button.
Follow the on-screen instructions and you’re then good to go!
So folks, here was a quick guide on how to back up Windows 10, 7 and 8 without using any third party utility tool. Hope you will take this small step before ending 2018 and start the year without any worries!