Creating Windows 7 System Image Using Backup and Restore Tool

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Windows 7 boasts of a better system image creation and backup tool, and you must take advantage of it. Everybody should create a system image and back it up on an external drive. Ok so what’s system image and why should one create it? System image is the exact “clone” of your operating system (Windows 7 in this case). No it is not merely the back up of system files. It is the entire operating system along with all your installed programs including everything you have in your system drive (drive on which Windows 7 is installed). Why create image? With new viruses, malware, trojens, spywares getting written out on a daily basis, your computer is always under threat from these malices of internet. So, if anything ever goes wrong, because of a virus attack or during a power failure while your windows is getting updated or if your drive fails, the backed up system image/clone would get you up and running in no time. You would get the exact same setup that you had at the time of image creation. It is certainly going to save you a lot of time and hassle. Here is how you create system Image.

Step 1: Launch the Backup and Restore tool from windows start menu or from Control Panel.

Step 2: Click on Create a system repair disk.

Step 3: Choose backup device. It is strongly recommended that you create it on an external hard drive or a different internal drive (not different partition, but a different physical drive). You can also choose to do it on multiple DVDs or BluRays.

Once you have the location for system image creation chosen, hit Next and wait till the image creation finishes. The total size of the system image would be close to the total size of content in your windows partition, you may want to grab a coffee or something while the image creation takes place. At the end of the image creation you would be asked to create a System Repair Disk, you must create it otherwise the system image won’t be of much use. Insert a blank CD to start the creation process. It won’t take too long. Mark the recovery CD appropriately and preserve it. If you loose or misplace it, you can create it again from the Backup and Restore settings in Control Panel (see second screenshot).

Recovery using system image: Boot from the CD, make sure you have the image source (external hard drive etc.) connected. Choose the image you want to recover from and start the recovery process.

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