Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Create a system backup, part of Migrating from Windows 8 and 8.1 to Windows 10.
- Upgrading to Windows 10 is unlike any previous upgrade to Windows in that you'll actually use the Windows update feature to get Windows 10. Not only that, you'll keep all of your programs and your files. They'll be right where you left them in the new Windows 10 environment. That being said, things can and sometimes do go wrong. So, you want to be sure that if, for any reason, you don't like Windows 10 and want to go back to using Windows 8 or if something goes wrong along the way, you're prepared, and that's why creating some form of backup is important.
We're going to talk about a system image backup, and we'll do it by going to the desktop environment. Click the desktop tile if you're not already there. We're going to open up Control Panel here. So, we'll go down to the Start button. Right-click, and from here, choose control panel. Next, we're going to go to the System and Security category where you'll see Save backup copies of your files with file history. We're going to click that link even though we're not going to use file history. We're going to use the link in the bottom left corner, Which is System Image Backup.
This allows you to create a backup image of your Windows 8 environment. That's the operating system. It includes your programs, all of your files, your settings. If for any reason you want to go back, you can use this system image, restore it, and you're back right where you were before you tried to upgrade to Windows 10. As you can see, it's going to search for a backup device. Eventually, one of these options will be selected for you by default. If you have extra hard drives, you could create the system image on a hard disc.
Could also go onto a network location. I like DVD Drive, if you have one, because it allows you to burn a disc that you can take to any computer, and if something goes wrong with your computer, maybe you can't even start it up after you try to upgrade, you can pop it into the DVD Drive and boot it up from there and restore right back to where you were before you attempted the upgrade. With that selected, you'd simply click Next. You get a summary of what's going to happen. You can see the following drives will be backed up. For me, my system is the C drive.
All you have to do is start the backup and pull out the disc when you're done, and you'll have everything you need to feel secure as you go to perform the upgrade to Windows 10. I'm going to click cancel here and close this out. Once you have your system backup, there are a couple other things you'll want to do to get prepared for the upgrade to Windows 10. We'll talk about those next.