Creating A Windows 8 System Image For Backup Purposes

Windows 8 comes with a wonderful set of backup tools, that are incredibly easy to use, that put very little stress on the user, and allow almost any user to handle basic backup utilities.

However, there are times when as an user you don’t feel like just backing up your data, but more like creating a system image so you can use it as a restore point later on. Or if your system is stable enough you might enjoy creating a back-up image for those just-in case moments when your system reaches a halt due to unresolvable errors or a serious virus infection.

What we are going to do in this article, is describe the Windows 8 System image system, to give you an overview of how easy it is to accomplish this particular task.

First, use the simple Start + F combination of keys – this will bring up a Search box and just write backup your files. Hit settings and then Backup your data. Incredibly simple so far.

After you reach the next window, you will find a setting labeled Create A System Image on the left side of the screen. Click it and go through the options there – using a separate hard drive is the easiest method, but Windows 8 allows you to use a network location or a series of disks to back up your system.

If this is the first time you’re creating a disk image, then you should know that you can use even internal partitions to backup your data, therefore you’re not binded to the use of an external hard drive (although it would be wiser given the fact that it wouldn’t be as prone to damage).

If you click the Start Backup button after selecting the destination partition or hard drive, the backup process will begin and take a couple of minutes.

At the end of this process you will even be given the opportunity to create a system repair disk that is quite well-built for damage control. However, for this particular system repair disk you will need an empty DVD (and can be a problem for those of you that haven’t had an optical drive in the computer for some time now).