How to – Create a Windows 8 System Image

A system image is an exact copy of a drive. By default, a system image includes the drives required for Windows to run. It also includes Windows and your system settings, programs, and files. You can use a system image to restore the contents of your computer if your hard disk or computer ever stops working. When you restore your computer from a system image, it's a complete restoration—you can't choose individual items to restore, and all of your current programs, system settings, and files are replaced with the contents of the system image. (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/what-is-a-system-image)

Having a system image is very important and very crucial if you have many different programs, tools, IDEs etc. set up on your computer. For example I have many different IDEs and tools installed for web development, mobile development, image editing etc. and that would be a real pain to restore my working environment without a system image if my computer ever crashed for some reason.

In this post I will explain step by step how to create a System Image in Windows 8.

1-Hit “Windows + W” to open up the search screen

2-Type “File History” and click the “File History” link (second item in the screenshot below)
3-Wait for a while for windows to search for drives
4-Click “System Image Backup” link in the “File History” window
5-“Create a system image” window opens
6-Choose where you want to store the system image (I strongly recommend that you use an external drive to store the system image)
7-Click Next and confirm your backup settings
8-Click “Start backup”
9-Wait for Windows to complete the backup creation process.

Hope this helps someone.

Good luck,
Serdar.

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