How to Backup windows system image in Windows 7

How often do you backup your files? Backup your Data before a Major Meltdown! 

Today in this 1st part of 3 Part Series I’d like to give you a walk through Guide in why Backup is Important and how to backup your data and system image to avoid Disaster.


System Requirements for this tutorial:

Windows 7 Home Premium

Part 1: Backup your Data and System Image using Microsoft Backup and Restore



We have all been the victim of not regularly backing up our system and our files however, using preventative maintenance tasks, such as data backup you will prevent backup disasters. Today I’d like to give you a how to guide on how to Backup your files using the built in Feature within Microsoft Windows.

Introducing Windows Backup and Restore

A virus attack or forgetting to back up your documents is no excuse for losing your data. This is certainly not the time to start thinking about how you are going to recover your lost files! Because the only way you can recover a file is from a backup copy. Fortunately you don’t really have to go out and purchase expensive data backup software, (unless you need some additional features). Windows includes a free backup utility called Backup and Restore, which provides the ability to set up backup which allows you to backup files, restore fires, create a system image, and create a system repair disc.  Personally, I have found Backup and Restore utility feature to be efficient for my needs.

How to Backup windows system image

In This Step, I will show you how to backup your files and create a system image,  using backup and restore program

step 1



Start windows and log on.




Close any applications which you are running such as web browsers.





Click the Start button, action center and under maintenance programs select start backup as shown in the image.

how to backup windows system image



Select the drive that windows recommends you to make a backup on.  Note: In other versions of windows you can backup to a network drive.  This feature is not available in Windows Home Premium.


how to backup windows system image


 step-5_thumb.pngIn the screen windows will ask what you want to backup.  There are two choices, you can Select the “Let Windows Choose (recommended) radio button, windows will backup local data files saved in user profiles.  The second option will allow you to backup on a regular schedule.  Windows will also create a system Image of the computer which you can use to restore the computer image if you need it later.  Note that In Windows Premium there is limited features on what you can backup.

how to backup windows system image



Review your backup settings and click save settings and run backup, later I will show you how to create a system repair disc.


how to backup windows system image


step-7.pngAfter you have clicked save settings and run backup button, you will see another window which shows you the progress of your backup.  It may take a while for it to perform your backup depending on how much data you have stored on your computer.


how to backup windows system image


When the backup is compete you will find it in the directory that you saved it in, remember this because you will need it when you need to restore your computer image or files.


how to backup windows system image

If you have made it this far, congratulations and well done, you have successfully completed your backup.

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Final Thoughts

It’s Very Important to Back up data, people always forget to do these simple tasks and when they fall into trouble, they wish they thought, “why didn’t I back it up”.


Windows backup and restore utility is extremely simple to use, all you need to do is, follow a few simple steps.

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What have your experiences been? have you managed to complete this successfully?  If not please leave your comments and I’ll try to help you out within 24hrs

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Anthony Rousek


Technology Enthusiast, blogger and Microsoft Certified Professional

Anthony Rousek
Technology Enthusiast, blogger and Microsoft Certified Professional