How to Backup Windows 8 with System Image Recovery

Windows 8 has a system image backup feature on it, where you can make copies of your drives and do a complete restore in case your hard drive or system dies.

The system image backup feature for Windows 8 is called the “Windows 7 File Recovery”. While the feature also lets you back up or restore your files, you can also use it to create a system image.

A system image is copy of your drive(s) that is required for the Windows to run. It can also include additional drives installed on your computer. Generally, it can be used to restore your computer if ever your hard drive stops working. Note that you can’t use the image copy to choose individual items to restore, instead it restores the whole system.

Below is a step by step guide on how to use the system image backup feature to create a backup and use it for restoration purposes. This is helpful if you want to create a baseline backup image or just want to have an existing copy of your Windows 8 system with all the programs and files remain intact. This can also help you in case that you want to do a major change, update or upgrade on your system but isn’t so sure that the system will function normally after doing it.

How to Access Windows 7 File Recovery (System Image Backup)

1. Press the Windows key or use Windows + W and type in Windows 7 File Recovery and open the tool. The tool can be accessed on the Settings page as shown on the screenshot below.

windows 7 file recovery

2. Click on the “Create a system image”.

3. Select where you want to save the image. It is better to use an external disk or drive to save the image, as saving it on the same physical disk where your Windows 8 system is will lose your backups in case the disk fails. You can also select “On a network location” to save the image in a different Windows computer which will appear if you are connected on the same network.

4. Click Next. You will be prompted to confirm your selected backup settings as shown in the screenshot below. This window will show you the estimated size of your current image as well as the drives that will be backed up.

5. Begin the process by clicking on the Start backup button. This may take some time depending on the system of your system and data files. Once the backup is finished, the status will be changed to “The backup completed successfully”.

That’s it! You now have your System Image backup which is useful for restoration.