How to Create a System Image in Windows 10

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Would you post a detailed instruction on creating a full image of Windows system.
Please, describe everything so as not only an IT specialist, but a common person as well could understand it.

Thank you!
asked May 16, 2016 in Computers by Alex Brown

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The full Windows image contains the system copy at the date of creation. Such an image includes the Windows system itself, all the programs, settings and files. 
I deliberately don’t mention a precise Windows version, as these functions are equally presented in all the modern versions: Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.
If you already have the image of a Windows system and you need to use it for system recovering, proceed to the article: (not available)

Creating of Windows system image (instruction):

1. From the Windows desktop, press Windows and “R” buttons (you will find more details on the Windows button in our article: "Win" key: How does it look like, what to do if It's not working), type “control.exe” in the search box and press Enter key:

Entering to the Windows 10 Control panel


2. In the top right search box, type “Backup and...” and follow the link “Backup and restore”:

Windows 10 backup and restore menu

In the left menu select “Create a system image”.

3. Now it’s necessary to determine where the backup will be saved. There are three options – on a hard disk or a flash drive (you will need an external or flash drive), on DVD disks (DVD writer and several empty DVD disks are required) or on a network share (another computer with an open folder is required on a local network). The most convenient way is to create a system image on a flash drive.

Create a system image window


4. Check the selected settings in the final window and click “Start backup” button:

Please confirm your backup settings


5. Creating the system image may take from 20 minutes up to several hours, be ready to wait:

Creating a system image in the process


6. After the system image creating process has been successfully completed, Windows will offer you to create a system repair disk:

Windows will offer you to create a system repair disk

Detailed information on creating Windows system repair disk you can find in our special article: Windows 10 recovery disk: how to create and use
Our web portal offers a specialized section, describing all the possible options for recovering Windows: Windows 10 recovery: the All-in-one guide
If you have any questions left or need further details, please, don’t hesitate to ask questions!

answered May 16, 2016 by Expert Larry (2,000 points)
edited May 25, 2016 by Expert Brian
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