Create and restore a backup in Windows 10

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We talked about how to create a Windows backup through a third-party program that allows you to create entire images of the operating system and the data in it.

We also learned how to create a registry backup and perform a full restore of Windows 10, but now the question arises: is it You can create an entire disk image even in Windows 10, exactly as it was done on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, without downloading external programs?

The answer is yes: we can create images of entire disks to be restored if necessary even in Windows 10, since the tool is included (but “hidden”) also in this operating system.

In the guide below we will teach you how to create and restore a Windows 10 backup image; we keep in mind that the image thus created will be a perfect clone of the current state of the disc or discs that we will choose; so if we save data or install other programs at a later time we will need repeat the creation of the image to keep it updated.

Once restored, the image thus created will restore the disk to the exact state at the time of creation.

Preliminary information

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Create Windows 10 backup (disk image)

First of all, let's arm ourselves with a disk (even internal is fine) or a series of DVD media to save our backup. Eventually we can also use network devices (such as NAS, server or other).

To create a disk image in Windows 10, right-click on the Start menu and access the Control Panel.

From there we click on Backup and Restore (Windows 7)...

 and then, on the right side of the window, up Create system image.

Let's now choose the path where we want to save our backup. In our example we will proceed to save on second internal disk of the PC; we keep in mind that you cannot save a backup on the same disk or partition where Windows is installed. Go on.

In the next step we select the partition or partitions we intend to include in our backup; the advice is to leave the ones suggested by Windows selected. Then click on Start Backup and wait for the process to complete.

Once the procedure is completed, we strongly recommend create a recovery drive to be used to restore the disk image that was just completed in the event of a problem. We can do this using our previous guide.

Restore Windows 10 backups

NOTE: : the procedure will restore the disk exactly to the backup state and the data already present in it will be deleted.

In case of problems, we can restore the previously created Windows 10 image at any time. Let's arm ourselves with the disk containing the backup and the recovery drive; we insert the latter in the PC and, by changing the boot order, we make the computer start from it.

A screen similar to this will appear:

Let's go to Troubleshooting> Advanced Options> System Image Recovery and follow the instructions on the screen, connecting when requested the disk (or disks) containing the image created previously.

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