Creating an image of your system in Windows 8 hasn’t changed one bit from how it was done in Windows 7, Microsoft only changed the name from “Windows Backup and Restore” to “Windows 7 File Recovery” — Why the “Windows 7” in the name? This is for backward compatibility with previous version of the operating system. In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to create a system image backup on Windows 8, as having a full backup of your hard drive can be considered on of the best disaster recovery strategy. You should always consider creating backup at least once a week.

How to create a Windows System Image backup

The benefits of a System Image Backup

The benefits of creating a system image are: consolidation of your whole PC in a single backup, applications are preserved and you don’t have to reinstall them, personal document and settings are maintained as well. But best of all, if you hard drive were to go bad (unusable) you can recovery your full system in matter of minutes by just restoring the backup image.

You are now done!

The future is uncertain

Here is the thing, it seems that Microsoft doesn’t want to use this feature anymore, why? Just look at the name of it. If you do a search from the Start screen using the keywords: “backup” or “system image”, you won’t see this feature as an option. The name is confusing. It hasn’t been updated, and it might go away in the future because it is mainly to restore files from a Windows 7 System Image or to go back after an upgrade. The software maker now prefers you use the new File History to backup your personal files. And then the company wants you to use the “Refresh your PC without affecting your files” or “Remove everything and reinstall Windows” feature to restore your system or to help you safely get rid of your computer. How often do you do a full backup of your system? Tell us in the comments below. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.