How to Take Complete Backup of Windows 10 PC and Restore the Data?

Already have a Backup, why not another one? Because it never hurts to play safe.

A steady backup of your data will benefit you in more ways than you know. The world of machines can be unpredictable at times and this can lead to a hyperactive nervous system. I am sure, you wouldn’t want that.

It is no longer about safeguarding your data, it is about protecting your valuable assets present in the virtual world.

Windows 10 is specifically made targeting the people who are not tech savvy. Hence, it has a simplified way of backing up files which the user can carry out without any inconvenience.

Speaking of Backup for Windows 10, the very first thing that crosses in mind is File HistoryThe File Historyfeature in Windows 10 is its main backup tool. It was previously introduced in Windows 8. File History is integrated into both the new “Settings” app and the old Control Panel, while Windows 7’s backup feature is only available in the Control Panel.

This feature is limited, and it only backs up files located in your user account’s libraries. There will be a need to make libraries appear in the file explorer and add folders to these libraries or create new libraries if you want to back up files stored in other folders.

For backing up files, one can use file history or One Drive. But in order to have a solid base backup, The System Image Backup is the ultimate solution.

It can copy the entire system including the Operating System; Settings; Desktop Programs; Applications and Personal Files as well. It completely restores all your data and settings even in the case of a severe software error or hardware malfunction.

A few drawbacks of this approach includes:

  • It cannot restore individual or particular files, it is meant to restore everything;
  • It can only restore data from the recently taken backup which will not include any modifications if done any.

Steps to have a successful System Image Backup:


Right click Start button and launch Control Panel.

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Go to All Control Panel Items and click on File History.



Click System Image Backup link in the bottom-left-corner of the screen.

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Connect an external USB Hard Drive with free space and click on Create System Image link which is at the upper left corner of the screen.

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Next, you will have to choose one out of the three options given for saving the backup. Saving in the external Hard Drive is recommended other than saving in DVD drives and networks as it tends to make the backup process slow. Click Next.

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Select the drives you want to include in the backup. Begin the procedure by clicking Start Backup.

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Click on Yes when the pop-up appears on your screen.

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Click on Create Disk.

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And you are done! It may take few minutes to few hours for the process to be finished as it entirely depends on the amount of data that needs to be backed up.

To restore your computer from the backup, connect the drive with the system image backup and reboot your computer with the Windows installation media. Here’s how to restore data:

  1. During Windows Setup, Click Next.
  2. Click Repair your Computer link in the bottom-left-corner of the screen.
  3. Go to Troubleshoot
  4. Click advanced settings and select System Image Recovery.
  5. Select the Operating System you want to recover.
  6. Click Next and Finish. 

Congratulations you've learned how to take system image backup & restore it! 

How to Take Complete Backup of Windows 10 PC and Restore the Data? was last modified: June 14th, 2016 by John Harris

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