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How to backup and restore in Windows 10?

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A system image is another way to say "full backup," as it's a copy of everything stored on your computer, including the Windows 10 installation, settings, apps, and personal files. The primary benefit of this method is that you can use it to restore your entire system from hardware or software problems using the same or different drive very quickly.

In this we'll walk you through the steps to create a full backup that includes all your custom settings, apps, and files using the built-in system image tool.

  • How to create backup with system image tool on Windows 10
  • How to restore backup with system image tool on Windows 10

Important: Microsoft no longer maintains the System Image Backup tool in the latest release of Windows 10, but you can still use it. These instructions aim to help you create a full backup while the feature still available to create temporary backups or protect older releases of Windows 10, Windows 8.1, or Windows 7. You can also check out 

How to create backup with system image tool on Windows 10

The tool allows you to save a backup in different locations, such as inside a network folder or secondary hard drive. However, it's recommended to use a removable storage, which you can easily disconnect and store in a safe place.

To create a full backup of Windows 10 with the system image tool, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Backup.
  4. Under the "Looking for an older backup?" section, click the Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7) option.

    Source: Windows Central

  5. On the left pane, click the Create a system image option.

    Source: Windows Central

  6. Under "Where do you want to save the backup?" select the On a hard disk option.
  7. Using the "On a hard disk" drop-down menu, select the storage location to save the full backup of Windows 10.

    Source: Windows Central

  8. Click the Next button.
  9. Select any additional drives that you may want to include in the backup (if applicable).

    Source: Windows Central

  10. Click the Next button.
  11. Click the Start backup button.

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