Performing a System Image Backup on a Windows 8 System

It is still possible to perform a system image backup on a Windows 8 system using a backup tool provided by Microsoft with the operating system, but Microsoft doesn't make the tool easy to find. To use the tool, which is similar to the one found in prior versions of Windows, right-click on the Start button and choose Control Panel, then click on System and Security. Then click on File History.

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Windows 8 System and Security

At the bottom left of the File History window you will see Windows 7 File Recovery. Note: if you have Microsoft Windows 8.1 installed, you will see System Image Backu.

File History

Click on Windows 7 File Recovery. You will then see an option at the top, left-hand side of the Windows 7 File Recovery window to Create a system image.

Windows 7 File Recovery

Click on Create a system image and then select where you want to store the backup, e.g., an external USB drive.

Create a system image

Click on Next to proceed.

Select the drives you want to backup, e.g., the System drive and then click on Next.

Select which drives to backup

You will be prompted to confirm the backup settings. If you are satisfied with the settings, click on Start backup to proceed.

Confirm backup settings

When the backup process completes, you will be asked if you want to create a system repair disc.

Create a system repair disc


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