Create Windows 7 Backup Image For Complete Windows 7 Recovery

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on May 14, 2010

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Have you ever found yourself helpless when your Windows 7 PC gets corrupted because of some issue and is no more in working condition ? With increasing threats of Viruses and Trojans spreading via Pen-drives and Internet, its very important to keep a backup of your important data and documents.

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Imagine you have an important assignment or presentation next day and your computer refuses to start, what will you do ? Well In this article, I will guide you through Windows 7 Backup feature which is an excellent way of backing up the entire Windows Image which can be used to revert your crashed or un-usable Windows 7 PC back and running within few minutes.

You can create a Windows 7 backup image file which copies all the data, installed softwares and settings all stored in one backup image, which can be restored in case of a Windows damage or failure. This features is in-built in Windows 7 and known as Windows backup and restore.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE : Before you start the backup, you must create a recovery disk, to create one see this tutorial – Create Windows 7 Recovery Disk. This disk will be helpful in case windows crashes. You need this disk and the backup image you create to recover your Windows 7 completely form the saved image.

 

To create Windows 7 backup image, follow the below steps :

 

1. Open Control Panel and click Backup and Restore  option.

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2. Now click on the Set up backup link on this page. It will start a wizard for Windows Backup.

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3. Select the location to Save Windows Backup. I recommend you to save it on an external hard drive if possible, because its a physically different drive and chances of it crashing along with your internal drive are very few.

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4. You can select to have particular stuff in backup while keeping the unimportant stuff out of the backup image to save space.

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5. Select the drives and folders which contain your important data, files and settings. After selecting the same click Next.

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6. On this final screen of the wizard, click “Save settings and run backup

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7. Backup will start and will take a while to complete when you run run it for first time. Subsequently you can run the same backup to update any changes periodically.

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After the backup is finished, remember the path where you store this backup. Now in future if your Windows 7 PC becomes corrupt, you can restore it using the Restore it by booting with the Windows 7 Recovery Disk and selecting the image file which you created for backup. Hope you find this tutorial useful.

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