What is a Windows 7 System Image BackUp?

A system image is used to restore the contents of the hard drive if either the hard drive or the entire system fails. The system image is an exact copy of the the hard drive. When the hard drive is restored from a system image, it is a complete restoration. You may not pick and choose between settings.

To create a system image back up, open the Control Panel. Select Backup and Restore. In the blue panel to the left, select Create a System Image. You will be prompted to selected where you want to save the back up. It is strongly recommended that you use a secondary internal hard drive or an external hard drive with sufficient capacity. The next screen will verify that you are back up to ____ drive from ____ drive.

When it becomes necessary to restore from back up, you have three options.

  1. If the computer is still working and you are able to boot to Windows and open the Control Panel and type recovery in the search box. Select Advanced recovery methods and then select Use a system image you created earlier to recover your computer. Follow the onscreen steps
  2. If you are not able to boot to Windows, insert the Windows 7 disc or the System Repair disc. Restart the computer. When/If prompted press any key to boot from CD or DVD. Follow the onscreen steps. After selecting your language settings, select Repair Your Computer on the next screen. Select a recovery option - Restore from Image file. Click Next.
  3. If the Windows 7 disc or the System Repair disc is not available, restart the computer and hold down the F8 key as it restarts. When you get to the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight Repair Your Computer and press enter. Select the keyboard layout and click Next. Select a user name, type the password, press OK. On the System Recovery Options, click System Image Recovery and follow the onscreen directions.