How to Backup Windows 10

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How to backup windows 10: The most frustrating thing that can happen with your system is hardware failure, software problems or malware attacks. All these issues can destroy installation and also make your files corrupt. It is always better to be prepared for such incidents by taking a windows 10 backup of your system

Taking a windows 10 backup of the complete system is a proactive approach and practicing it regularly can help you save those important documents, photos etc.

There are different methods available your Windows 10 device for creating backup. You can either copy the files manually to an external storage device or store your crucial data on cloud or even choose to use 3rd party backup software.

For some reason if you are not in favor of using 3rd party tools or adopt confusing manual methods to create a complete system’s backup then System Image Backup Tool is the tool for you. It is an inbuilt tool available for Windows 10 users.

When we talk about the system image, it is actually the copy of the data stored on your system which also includes Windows 10 installation, apps, settings and all your files.

This in-built tool has its own benefits as it helps you restore the whole system right from hardware issues to software issues

Now, this article will elaborate on the steps that will help you create a complete backup windows 10 including apps, files, custom settings and files with the help of system image tool available in Windows 10.



Creating System Image Backup Windows 10

It is possible to save any windows 10 backup on a secondary drive or to a specific network location, but the best thing to use is removable storage device which can be removed and placed in a secure location easily. To use system image tool for creation of complete backup of your system here are the steps you need to follow

  • Open – Settings
  • Click – Update & Security
  • Click – Backup
  • Underneath the field – “Looking for an older backup?”, click the option named as – Go to Backup and Restore
  • Towards left pane, click this link – ‘Create a system image’.
  • Underneath the following option – “Where do you want to save the backup?” choose the following option – ‘On a hard disk
  • With the help of the drop down menu that says – “On a hard disk“, choose the destination where you wish to save your system backup.
  • Pick any extra drives you want to be part of the backup.
  • Click – Next
  • Click the button- Start backup


After these steps are over, the system image tool will create the backup of windows 10 which will have almost everything that is present on primary hard drive plus the data present on system partitions and added drives selected by you.

This tool utilizes the technology – “Shadow Copy” that enables the windows 10 backup creation when files and other applications are open and running. It means you can go ahead with your work on the system while the tool is working.

Once the process gets over, you can see a notification that prompts you for creation of system repair disc which facilitates backup restore in cases where you are unable to start your device properly.

Now, you can skip this step as a lot of systems now do not come with optical disk drive, as bootable USB flash drive can be used instead to use the recovery options.

Finally, just disconnect your external drive having the backup and preserve at a secure location.


Why system image backup windows 10 is useful

The feature – System Image Backup is very useful in different situations for instance

  • If you are upgrading to a new version of Windows 10
  • Wish to create the backup of complete system to reverse to Window s 10 earlier version.
  • Recover files in case the system encounters an issue


It is the best practice to take regular windows 10 backup so that you can recover all your system data faster.

Also, this tool helps recover the data stored on the entire system and not to restore data individually for files, settings or applications.

System image tool should be your preference if you want to keep your data up to date.

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Ajit Yadav

Author Bio: Ajit yadav is a professional blogger and co-founder of WindowsClassroom. He is a software engineer by education and blogger & writer by profession.

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