Completely rebuild a devastated system, including reinstalling Windows, your programs, and personal files.
- [Narrator] The purpose of backup, both the Windows 10 file history and the system image, is to have those items handy just in case disaster strikes the PC. When it does, you can use the backup file and the system image to rebuild your computer's file system, at least to the point where the last backup was taken. The steps necessary to restore the system depend on the degree of damage. If the entire system was lost, you use the system image to rebuild it. Boot from a system repair disc.
If your computer lacks a system repair disc, you can create one. This topic is covered in another course: Troubleshoot Common PC Issues. From the Windows recovery menu, you choose to restore the system image. Once restored, you can start Windows. At that point you run the backup program to restore files, a topic that's covered in another movie. Further, you may need to restore and reinstall your programs, especially if those files weren't backed up. At that point, the system is recovered to it's last state when the final backup took place.
I'm going to go through the process one step at a time to illustrate how it's done. So I'll assume that the PC's hard drive has been erased, infected, or perhaps recently replaced. The first step is to use the system repair disc, which is installed on a thumb drive. I'll insert the thumb drive into a USB slot and then restart the computer. On this computer I press the F12 key to select a boot device. On your computer it's probably a different key. A prompt on the screen will tell you what to press. For example, my home computer, it's F10.
Sometimes it may be F2. Watch that screen. You may have to restart the computer a few times before you catch it. Here is a list of storage devices available to this computer. You can't tell which is which, but I know that my system repair disc is a thumb drive, and right here I see a USB storage device. This one's probably the main hard drive, CD-ROM drive, so that leaves just the thumb drive. I'll choose that option. Press the Enter key, and the system repair disc starts.
At this point, if you haven't done it already, connect the system, the external hard drive, which has the system image backup, as well as the Windows 10 file and history backup. Configuration of these options is covered in another movie, but you must have those resources before you can recover the system. To use the system repair disc, choose your keyboard layout. This is the main menu of the system repair disc. Choose Troubleshoot, Advanced Options, System Image Recovery. I won't choose this option right now, because there's really nothing wrong with this computer.
But if you do choose this option, the startup repair utility will find the system image file you selected earlier. At this point, work through the prompts to recover the system. Eventually the system is restored, and you can start using the computer normally. After the system is recovered, the next step is to run backup restore to recover your personal files. This process is best done from the control panel. Press the Windows and X key combination, then choose Control Panel from the super secret menu. Choose System and Security, File History.
Choose select drive. Select the external hard drive or network drive that contains your backup files. On this system it's drive G. And here's the backup found on that drive. I choose that and click okay. And yes I want to use the drive for file history. Of course the real process here is to restore your files. To continue, click restore personal files. And here you see everything that's been backed up with file history, including program files, which I recommended to you in another movie.
To select everything, press control A, and then click the big green restore button. I'm not going to do that here because this system is fine. In a real recovery operation, however, you'd proceed with copying all that data from the backup drive to your PC's primary storage. That's what happens when you click that big green button. The process will take some time. But in the end, you'll have your files back, as of the date of the last backup, which is shown on your screen. And remember, system recovery and file backup work only when you first configure these options.
Refer to other movies in this course for the details.
- Fighting malware
- Using a firewall
- Backing up your PC
- Recovering files
- Restoring your system
- Configuring Windows Update
- Improving PC performance