After the successful installation of Windows 8 on a computer, administrators are strongly recommended to create a system image backup of the operating system. Administrators do so in order to get the system back up and running in case the operating system fails to boot, or otherwise gets corrupted for any reason.
Since the system image is exactly the mirrored copy of the operating system and contains the configuration of the OS, after restoring the computer from that backup image, the computer comes back to the state at which the image was created. For example, if the image was created on 1st of June, and the system got corrupted on 22nd of August, if the image is restored on 22nd of August, the computer will have the exact configuration which it had on 1st of June.
How to Create a System Image
In order to create a Windows 8 system image, step-by-step instructions given below should be followed:
- Log on to Windows 8 computer with the administrator account.
- Click Desktop tile from the Start screen to go to the desktop.
- Once on the desktop screen, hover mouse to the bottom right corner.
- From the displayed options, click Settings.
- From Settings pane, click Control Panel.
- On Control Panel window, click System and Security category.
- On System and Security window, click File History from the right pane.
- From the left pane of File History window, click Windows 7 File Recovery option at the bottom.
- On Windows 7 File Recovery window, click Create a system image from the left pane.
- On Create a system image window, click to select On a hard disk radio button. (In this demonstration). Alternatively On one or more DVDs or On a network location radio button can also be selected to store Windows 8 system image backup to multiple optical media discs or on a network location respectively.
- Once selected, click Next.
- On Confirm your backup settings page, click Start backup to initiate the backup process.
- Wait till the Windows 8 system image is created and on the displayed Create a system repair disc box, click No to skip system repair disc creation process. Alternatively, Yes button can also be clicked in order to create a system repair disc.
- Back on Create a system image box, click Close.
- Once done, close Windows 7 File Recovery window.
For a detailed video walkthrough, check out the Tom's Hardware Tutorial Video below: