It is just the matter of time for a storage media to go bad, but in the other hand nowadays system failures by software are becoming somewhat rare, however they still happen. Thankfully, because you created a system image days before there still hope to get your computer back up and running once again. As I previously showed you that creating an image in Windows 8 is quite straightforward and restoring your PC should be the same. Follow these steps to get your PC running the way it was before.

How to restore a system image on Windows 8

Before we start, there are two ways to recover your computer, it all will depend on the issue you are trying to resolve. For example, if you are recovering from a hard drive failure and you replaced the drive with a new one or your computer isn’t booting at all, you are going to need the “system repair disc”. If you are trying to get rid of a virus or you are trying refresh your computer, you can start this process from the PC settings within Windows 8. For this demonstration I am going to restore Windows 8 within the PC settings, and I am going to restore an image file from a network shared. If you are recovering from total system failure, insert the “System repair disc”, boot the PC and continue in step #3. The restore process will now begin, the time that it takes to finish the restoration will vary from several minutes to several hours.

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If you saved the recovery image in an external hard drive and it is connected to the computer, the wizard will find it and it will select the latest system image to restore — If this is your case skip to step #11. If you want to use a different image file or if you need to get the image file from a different location, choose the Select a system image and click Next.

When the process finalizes the PC will reboot, log in to your account, go to the Windows 8 Desktop, and you may be notified that the OS needs to restart one more time in order to fully complete the process. Proceed with the reboot and then you’ll be done. 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.