Build a system image of Windows to be used in case anything happens to the operating system. Use the system image to recover from disk disaster.
- [Narrator] Computer back-up is about more than just making a safety copy of your personal files. Specifically, the operating system is another item you want to back-up, as well as installed programs and other data. Backing up programs is covered in another movie. The topic for this movie is creating a system image, or a duplicate copy of the operating system. Some PCs keep a recovery copy of Windows on a special partition located on the primary hard drive. On this PC, I'll open the disc management console to confirm that such a partition exists.
Tap the Windows key and type "Computer Management." Choose the Computer Management desktop app. In the storage area of the computer management console, choose disc management. Here you see disc zero. This is the PC's primary storage device, and it shows two partitions on this computer. Drive C is the Windows primary storage media. It holds Windows, your programs, and all your files and folders. Plus you also see a recovery partition. This partition is accessed through the Windows recovery menu.
That's a special start-up screen that helps you troubleshoot and repair Windows 10. On your own system, you may see a third partition. That would hold the EFI partition, the UEFI, or the special boot program that configures the system. This is also known as the BIOS, but it's really the EFI partition. You can create your own recovery information and place it on external storage, just as you configured the Windows 10 back-up and file history feature covered in another movie. In fact, you can use the same drive, providing that you have plenty of storage capacity on that drive.
To create a system image, tap the Windows key on the keyboard. Type "backup and restore." Choose Backup and Restore (Windows 7). Now, the Windows 7 thing just means that this is software originally designed for Windows 7. It still works in Windows 10. If you see that the screen says that Windows backup hasn't been set, don't freak out. In Windows 10, you use the file history feature, not Windows backup shown here. File history is covered in another movie, and even when it's activated, you may still see on this screen a message saying that Windows backup has not been set but on the left side of this window, you choose create a system image.
Windows hunts for external hard drives and you should use an external hard drive, even if your computer has an optical drive. Creating a system image on a series of DVDs is time-consuming and tedious. You can also choose a network drive, if one is available to your computer. On this system, I'm going to choose drive D, which has 456 gigabytes free. That's plenty. Click the next button. Here you see the items that will be copied or backed up to the external drive. These include the system information and Windows.
The space required is 29 gigabytes, so we have more than enough room. Click the next button. Click start backup. This process could take several minutes to complete. If it does, make yourself a sandwich. After the system image has been stored, you're asked whether or not you want to create a system repair disk. You can click yes to do so, though this topic is specifically covered in another course, Troubleshoot Common PC Issues. I suggest you review that course if you're interested in creating or using a system repair disk.
Otherwise, you can click no, and close the dialogue box. And now you can use this system image to help restore and recover information should anything happen to the PC's primary drive. This topic is covered in another movie.
- Fighting malware
- Using a firewall
- Backing up your PC
- Recovering files
- Restoring your system
- Configuring Windows Update
- Improving PC performance