Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Create a system backup, part of Migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
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- The easiest part of migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is the upgrade process. It's just like any other Windows update. You click a button, follow the prompts, and boom, you have Windows 10. All of your programs and your files ready to continue in the new operating system environment. But it is an update, and it is software, so things can go wrong, they likely won't, but what if they do? You want to be prepared. That's why creating a system image backup is a good idea here in Windows 7.
If you don't like Windows 10, or things don't go smoothly, you can always revert back to your current environment. To create that system image backup, click your start button in the bottom left, then select control panel. From here, we're going to go to the system and security section where you'll see back up your computer. Click that link, and go to the left side to find create a system image. Clicking this means we get to create an exact image of our current environment, that is, Windows 7, all of our system files, all of our programs, all of our personal files, everything will be stored in a system image that we can restore back to if we need to.
So, you're prompted to choose a location to save this backup image, it could be on another hard drive, if you have a DVD drive that's a great option. I like this, I'm going to keep it selected, but you could store to a network location if you wanted to as well. The reason I like DVD drive is it will create a disc that you can then pop into your DVD drive if you can't even turn on your computer after you try to upgrade to Windows 10. You can boot right from it and restore back to Windows 7. So with that selected, you would click next.
You'll see some information about what you're backing up and where it's going to, and you click start backup, sit back, and wait for it to do its thing. I'm going to click cancel. And when it's done, you pop the disc out, and you have that safety net. So let's say you don't like Windows 10, or it didn't run smoothly and there are issues. Well, you can always restore back by going to control panel, click your start button, control panel. This time though, in the search field, we'll type recovery.
Here you'll see under recovery restore your computer or reinstall Windows, click that link, and then go to the advanced recovery methods link and click there. Here's where you find use a system image you created earlier to recover your computer. So, you would pop that DVD disc into your drive and select it with this option to restore back to Windows 7. I'm going to close this up. What if you can't even start up your computer? Well, luckily if you've chosen to store the image on a DVD drive, you can pop it into the drive and turn on your computer, and boot from that drive.
That'll allow you to reinstall the previous image, your Windows 7 environment comes back, and you can reconsider upgrading to Windows 10.