Join Martin Guidry for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a system image backup, part of Windows 10: Administration.
- In this section, we're going to talk about creating an image of your Windows 10 PC. This image will contain all of your documents, as well as your applications, and the Windows 10 operating system files. From the Start menu, I'd like to open up the Backup and Restore Control Panel. So, I'll just type in Backup, and one of the options that'll come up is Backup and Restore Control Panel. It also notes that it was originally designed in Windows 7.
In this interface, to the left hand side, I have the option to create a system image. The first thing it's going to ask me is where would I like to save the backup. In other words, where would I like to create the image? The image will be a fairly large file, so you want to select someplace where you have a large amount of disk space. We can put it on a hard drive, on one or more DVDs, or what I'm going to do, in a network location. When I hit Select, it'll prompt me not only for the path to the share, but also a username and password to access that share.
Once I have that inputted, I can hit Next, and it's asking me which drives I would like to include in the backup. It doesn't give me a whole lot of choices. The system partition is always going to be backed up. I can't turn that on or off. C is always going to be backed up. Can't turn that on or off. The recovery partition is always going to be backed up. Can't turn that on or off. My only real choice is my extra drive, my E drive. I can choose to include that or not include that.
I'll hit Next. It's saying it's going to take up to 22 gigabytes of disk space. I really don't have much installed on my PC. Certainly if you have hundreds of gigabytes of applications or documents, your backup will take a much larger amount of space. After this backup is complete, remember that you will be limited as to where you can restore this image to. Ideally, you would restore the image to the same computer that you took the backup from.
Because the image contains device drivers and various operating system files that are unique to your computer, when you restore it, you'll need to restore it to hardware that's at least very similar to where you took the backup from. Ideally, restoring on the same machine.
Martin first reviews the various editions of both the desktop and mobile versions of Windows 10. This section covers the special features included with the Enterprise edition, and the hardware requirements for some of the new Windows 10 features. Martin also explains installing and updating drivers and configuring and optimizing the OS, including system properties and power options. Then it's a deep dive into Group Policy, including working with local groups, configuring preferences, and troubleshooting Group Policy. Martin also looks at Windows security—authentication and encryption—as well as the boot process, and concludes the course with a brief look at virtualization, networking, and backup and recovery.
- Understanding the different versions of Windows 10
- Installing and updating drivers
- Administering multitasking
- Working with Windows Group Policy
- Adding domain users and accounts to a Windows 10 PC
- Administering BitLocker and EFS
- Understanding the boot process
- Installing Client Hyper-V for Windows virtualization
- Managing Windows Firewall
- Backing up and restoring Windows 10
- Troubleshooting Windows 10