How to Backup Windows 10

A full back up of your system is important to prevent data corruption or data loss. Creating a system image of your Windows 10 computer will help you to recover your important files, settings, and software. It is very important to backup your entire computer in order to save it from hardware failure, software problems, and malware. If you don’t make such backups periodically, you would lose precious documents, memorable pictures and videos, and important software that you have spent hours installing up.
There are various methods to create a backup on Windows 10. You can manually copy your files to an external drive like the old days, using third-party backup solutions like Ease-us backup tool, However, all these methods are full of headache and they are time-consuming. Thanks to Microsoft, they provide a built-in legacy system image backup tool, which can create a full backup of your system.

What is a System Image?

A system image is a mirror of your hard drive or SSD. This means everything stored in your device including files, documents, pictures, videos, songs, entire operating systems, programs, settings, etc. The best benefit of a system image is that you can replicate your entire system and restore everything including the operating system and software using the backup. This saves you a lot of time need in manually backing up files and software.
You can use this backup system image feature on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 PCs. In this guide, EverythingTech will help you to create a full system image of your Windows 8.1/10 PC by using the built-in backup tool.

Step by Step Guide to Create a System Backup on Windows 10

You can create the backup on a secondary hard disk installed on your system. However, EverythingTech recommends you to use an external removable drive for the backup. You can disconnect the drive and store it safely.

Step 1

Open settings, you can do it from the start menu.

Step 2

Select Update & Security option from the list of options

Step 3

Click on Backup to begin the process.

Step 4

Now there will be text saying “Looking for an older backup?”

Step 5

Under this text, there must be small text saying “Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7). Click on it and the traditional control panel will open up.

Step 6

On the left-hand side, you will see the “Create a system image” option. Click on it begin the next step.

Step 7

Now it will ask you where you want to save your backup. There are two options either on a hard disk or on DVDs. We recommend selecting a hard disk since DVDs have gone outdated.

Step 8

Once you select “On a hard disk”, on the drop-down menu select the actual location to start saving the backup.

Step 9

Now you have got the choice to select additional drives (other than C drive) to include in your final backup image. Mark additional drives that you want to include.

Step 10

Once selected, click on the Next button.

Step 11

Finally, it will show you summary information about things that will be included in the backup. Click on the start button to begin the backup.

The backup process will take some time depending on your hardware specifications and size of your backup. It can even take hours if you have an older computer with large storage. However, the backup process works in the background by using the “shadow copy” method. Therefore, you are free to continue your work on that computer. Just make sure that the external drive remains undisturbed if you have chosen it to save your backup system image.