Create and Restore a System Image in Windows 10



  • I realize this is way off topic, but I wanted to share it with you anyway.
    No third party software needed and it works every time in Windows 10.
    Creating and restoring an image only takes a few minutes from a SSD drive to an external USB3 drive. Here is the tutorial:

    Create a system image in Windows 10

    Install Classic Shell to avoid Windows 10 frustrations: http://www.classicshell.net/
    Go to File History
    (Create a shortcut on the desktop first)
    Options, top right hand corner (*) – Set up File History
    Turn on (File History is on)
    System Image Backup (bottom left)
    Create a system image
    On a hard disk – Your external USB3 hard drive
    Next
    Next
    Start backup
    On Your external USB3 hard drive you will find the folder “WindowsImageBackup”, but you cannot open it or restore from there

    Restore a system image in Windows 10

    Start or restart Windows while hitting F8 many times
    Repair Your Computer – Enter
    Troubleshoot
    Advanced options
    System Image Recovery
    Click on Your user name – Password: Your password – Continue
    Use the last available system image (recommended)
    Next
    Next
    Finish
    Yes

    Please leave a comment if it also works for you.



  • Yeah, I used this a couple of times when I was upgrading several computers from Windows 7/8 to Windows 10 as it not always ran the update process so smoothly... 😄



  • @pafflick
    I know, these programs don't always work, but I have tried it on my latest Windows 10 version 1607 (OS Build 14393.693) and so far it has worked many times, both Creating and Restoring.
    I have also used third party software (paid and free) only to find out that they also sometimes fail, so I think this free Windows option is worth giving a try.



  • @Dietrich said in Create and Restore a System Image in Windows 10:

    I realize this is way off topic, but I wanted to share it with you anyway.
    No third party software needed and it works every time in Windows 10.
    Creating and restoring an image only takes a few minutes from a SSD drive to an external USB3 drive. Here is the tutorial:

    Create a system image in Windows 10

    Install Classic Shell to avoid Windows 10 frustrations: http://www.classicshell.net/
    Go to File History
    (Create a shortcut on the desktop first)
    Options, top right hand corner (*) – Set up File History
    Turn on (File History is on)
    System Image Backup (bottom left)
    Create a system image
    On a hard disk – Your external USB3 hard drive
    Next
    Next
    Start backup
    On Your external USB3 hard drive you will find the folder “WindowsImageBackup”, but you cannot open it or restore from there

    Restore a system image in Windows 10

    Start or restart Windows while hitting F8 many times
    Repair Your Computer – Enter
    Troubleshoot
    Advanced options
    System Image Recovery
    Click on Your user name – Password: Your password – Continue
    Use the last available system image (recommended)
    Next
    Next
    Finish
    Yes

    Please leave a comment if it also works for you.

    Disk Cleanup path (in Windows 10)

    Windows Administrative Tools
    Disk Cleanup
    Windows (C:)
    OK
    Files to delete
    Check everything
    Clean up system files
    OK
    Check everything
    OK
    Delete Files
    Done

    CCleaner

    http://filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/

    Actually these two programs are all you need to cleanup your PC.
    Over the years I have tried almost every paid and unpaid “System Cleaner” and I have never experienced any improvement in speed, smoothness or “Repairing Issues”.
    Most of these programs show you there are terrible software problems and then “Solve” these problems.
    It may give you a good feeling at that moment, but it’s mainly nonsense.
    An extreme example is “Reimage Repair”.
    I bought it, tried it for a week and got a refund because it did not solve anything that the above 2 programs can do.
    My advice is to only run Disk Cleanup and CCleaner.
    After that you should create a System Image, as I have explained before.
    And this advice is shared with many real experts on the Internet.
    (I am only an Experience Expert)
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Cmd - Run as administrator
    sfc /scannow
    chkdsk /r
    ipconfig /all
    ipconfig /flushdns
    netsh int ip reset logfile.txt
    netsh int ip reset resetlog.txt
    netsh winsock reset catalog
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Router

    Download and install the latest Router firmware.
    Reset the router every once in a while by unplugging it from the wall socket for 1 minute and plugging it back in again.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Immediately buy a SSD drive


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