Once you have your laptop or computer setup as you would like it, with your programs installed—like Office, Anti Virus, Internet and mail—then it would be a good idea to make an image of your setup for system recovery when you have unforseen problems (for example, a hard drive failure). This is a complete copy of your current hard drive as of today and should be made on an external drive not the system disk.

You can use your USB Recovery Drive that you should have created to boot to the windows 8 recovery console and from there use your image to put you back to where your computer was at before the sky fell in.

For your current data the file history option that you have been using will contain all of the data that you wanted and setup when you activated file history.

Step 1 – Control panel 

Go to control panel and open file history then choose the system image option.

How to Make a Windows 8 System Image: 5 Steps to Backup Your Entire System

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Step 2 – External drive 

Connect your external drive as this is where we will be storing the backup then make sure this is selected as the device to backup to.

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Step 3 – Choose your drives 

After clicking Next, Windows will choose the drives that need to be backed up to the image. In the case below I could also include the D: (OS) drive as this is a windows 7 partition that I have on the same drive.

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Step 4 – Confirm the backup

Windows will confirm your chosen options then click to start the begin the  backup.

How to Make a Windows 8 System Image: 5 Steps to Backup Your Entire System

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Step 5 – Create system image 

This will take up to 1 hour depending on the amount of data you have on your drive so go and do something useful while this completes.
When finished you will have an image of your hard drive as of today’s date  that can be used to recover windows if anything should happen to your system or hard drive.
This Image coupled with your file History backups and of course the USB recovery drive that you created will allow you to recover a Laptop or P.C within 1 or 2 hours.

How to Make a Windows 8 System Image: 5 Steps to Backup Your Entire System

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This information has been brought to you by The Electronic Fix Located in Brisbane, Australia. For help with windows 8 in Brisbane call 07 3613 0029 or email us today.

 

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