The image backup attribute in Windows 10 comprises a step by step copy of the whole system. This backup carries the full installation of the OS, settings, Windows apps, desktop programs and all your individual files.

The crucial advantage of this feature is that it provides an out-and-out restore solution in case of an error. The drawback is that you cannot choose to bring back separate files. It’s meant to restore everything, little by little to the same (or replacement) hard drive. However, you can easily gain access to the backup files and take out documents, photos, music, and other files (if you need to.)

Moreover, if you don’t backup regularly and a system failure happens, you could lose important documents because you can only restore the data since the last backup.

For those reasons, Microsoft brought two new reset features in Windows 10. Use these features in combination with File History to keep an up to date copy of all of your documents offered a stronger backup solution.

Even though some disadvantages still exist, it’s a valid backup solution.

make a full backup of a Windows 10 PC
How to make a full backup of a Windows 10 PC?
Step1– Right-click on the the Start button then open Control Panel.Step2 – Click on File History.Step3 – Click on the System Image Backup link in the bottom-left corner of the screen.Step4 – Put in an external USB hard drive with enough free space.Step5 – Choose one from one of the three options to save the backup.

make a full backup of a Windows 10 PC
Choose one from one of the three options to save the backup.
Step6 – Click Next.Step7 – Confirm and click on Start backup to start the process.

make a full backup of a Windows 10 PC
Confirm your backup settings
It can takes from 10 minutes to 2 hours, it depends on the amount of data.

During the backup process, you can use your computer normally. After the task is finished, remember to keep the hard drive in a safe place.

To restore your PC from backup, firstly, you connect the drive with the system image backup and restart your PC.

Through the Windows Setup, click Next, then click the Repair your computer link in the bottom-left corner of the screen. Click on Troubleshoot, click Advanced options, and choose System Image Recovery. Then select the target operating system that you want to recover, click Next and Finish.


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