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How to create a full system recovery backup of Windows 10



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How To make a full system recovery image in windows 10

Here is a simple guide on how to make a Full windows 10 image backup.

If anything goes wrong in the future you will have a full recovery image to restore your system back to.

without the expense of a third party software to do it for you.

Why would we need a system image backup:

  • We get a virus
  • We get hacked
  • If our hard drive fails
  • no recovery option (no branded recovery software or DVD’s)
  • Spyware takes over your system
  • A trojan takes over your system
  • Full system failure
  • HDD/SSD fails, Corrupt, Damaged or more
  • If Your System has becomes slow and unresponsive, installed software that wasn’t removed correctly
  • There are many more options as to why you would need a full system recovery backup and all this can be done from within windows 10 itself for free

!! WARNING YOU CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK WE TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY, FOR ANY LOSE OR DAMAGE TO YOUR FILES FOLDERS OR SYSTEM, YOU AND YOU ALONE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CONTINUING THIS GUIDE !!

You are going to start this guide simply by closing all running programs, applications, windows.

Everything you have open except for this tab to follow this guide, and we can continue with what we need to make our full system recovery backup.


What we will need:

  • Everything closed except this tab to follow the guide.
  • A Storage device, external HDD or SSD or a very large USB storage device anything less than 128GB will be useless as many of us use our C: to store all of our work on including our operating system which is you are here to make a backup of it.
  • Help make the recovery image as small as you can, by making Backup ALL of your files, folders, from your computer to a external storage device, then delete them from your computer.
  • now that you have done this remove the storage device you have files and folders backed up on and insert the external recovery HDD,SSD or USB which you want to save your backup image on to.

Now we have all of that stuff out of the way and you are ready to start your full system recovery image backup.

lets start with our Full System recovery backup:

  • “Right click” on your windows start menu button “Windows Logo” ( bottom left of your screen ) “Pictured below”
Windows 10 start logo
  • Select “Settings”
  • Select “Update and Security”
  • Now Select “Backup” in the left menu
  • Now Select “Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7)”. “as pictured below”
  • Select “Create a system image”
  • “Where do you want to save the backup?” select the “On a hard disk” option.
  • In the drop down list Select your storage device you connected to save the “full recovery image backup” “Pictured below”
  • Select “Next” once you have selected your storage device from the list “If you connected it after clicking “Create a system image” and it isn’t listed Connect it and from the drop down list select “< refresh >” then select it when it shows in the drop down list”

You can select additional drives and storage you want to backup but for the purpose of this guide you are going to leave it as default and only backup your system drive for recovery purposes.

Select “Next”

Now CHECK you have the drives you want selected to back up and Select “Start Backup

Now Wait until it completes and you have a full system recovery backup, If you are asked at the end if you would like to make a recovery disc bootable this option is up to you, if you do make sure you have enough DVD record-able media discs to complete the process.

You should now have a full system recovery image that you can recover with at any time you may need it.

A little FREE help to protect against bad attacks using the host file Guide to help you “This method is to help you, it’s not a sole protection method” make sure you have other protection also “anti-virus” and others, this guide requires manual updating if you chose to add it.

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