In this article, we are providing you with the steps to create a System Image of your entire computer using Backup and Restore Tool and use this System Image to Restore Windows 10 Computer to its working status.
What is System Image in Windows 10
The Backup and Recovery Tool as available in Windows 10 allows you to create a complete snapshot of your entire computer and use this snapshot to restore your entire computer, in case something goes wrong with it.
This snapshot of your computer which includes all your Files, Programs, Operating system files, Settings and almost everything on your computer is known as System Image.
Creating a System Image using the Backup and Recovery tool in Windows 10 is easy and the Recovery of Computer using System Image is magical. You will find your computer back to the way it was when you created the System Image.
Without further delay, let us take a look at How to Create a System Image and Restore Windows 10 Computer using System Image.
Create System Image in Windows 10 Using Backup and Restore Tool
Follow the steps below to create a “System Image” or a snapshot of computer’s files, data and operating system files using the Backup and Restore Tool as available on your Windows 10 computer.
1. Make sure that an External Drive where you want to store the System Image Backup is connected to your computer.
2. Next, right-click on Windows 10 Start button and then click on Control Panel option in the menu that appears.
3. On the Control Panel screen, make sure that you are in Category View and then click on System and Security option (See image below).
4. On the System and Security screen, click on Backup and Restore (Windows 7) option.
5. On the next screen, click on Create a System image option, located in the side menu to the left of your screen (See image below).
6. You may be prompted to enter your Admin Password; in case you are not currently logged into your Admin Account.
7. On the next screen, select the Backup Drive where you want to store the System Image and then click on Next.
Your computer will start the process of Creating System image. The time to create system image will depend on the amount of data on your computer. Wait for the entire process to be completed
Restore Windows 10 Computer Using System Image
Follow the steps below to Restore your Windows 10 Computer using System Image, in case you end up accidentally deleting important files, end up with corrupted files or anything bad happens to your computer.
1. First make sure that the External Drive containing the System Image Backup is connected to your computer.
2. Next, click on Windows 10 Start button and then click on the Settings Icon in the menu that appears.
3. On the Settings screen, click on Update & Security option.
4. On the next screen, click on Recovery in the side menu and then click on the Restart Now button under Advanced Startup section (See image below)
5. Wait for your computer to Restart.
6. Once your computer starts, click on the Troubleshoot option (See image below).
7. On the next screen, click on Advanced options.
8. On the Advanced options screen, click on System Image Recovery option.
9. Wait for your Computer to Restart and begin the process of preparing System Image Recovery
10. When prompted, click on your Account Name, Enter your Account Password and click on Continue.
11. Next, your Computer will automatically locate the latest System Image. Click on Next to move to the next screen.
12. On the next screen, you will see information about the System Image being used for Recovery of your computer. click on the Finish button to Restore your Computer from the selected system image.
What if Your Computer Does Not Start
Restoring a Windows 10 computer using System Image is easy, as long as you are able to access the Settings Screen or the Control Panel on your Windows 10 Computer.
However, sometimes you may come across a situation where your computer is unable to start and you cannot access the Settings screen or the Control Panel.
In such cases, you will need to make use of a bootable USB Drive or USB Recovery Drive to boot your computer from USB drive. Once your computer boots up, you will be able to make use of Image Recovery or the System Restore Option to restore your Windows 10 computer.