Creating a Windows 7 System Image

20 Jan

     Hello Folks,

     Kristin here, reporting from the Digital Workshop aboard the Zaandam on a lovely day in Hong Kong, China overlooking the beautiful Victoria Harbor. Hope everyone is doing great and that this New Year is treating you well so far. 

     The Windows 7 comes with so many new and interesting features that I could talk all day about but one of the features that I think deserves more attention than it gets is the easy Windows 7 System Image. What is a system image you may ask? A System image is a backup of all the drives and programs that your computer requires in order for it to work. An easier way of describing it is that it is an entire copy of your computer at that moment in time. It includes your Windows operating system, your system setting, programs, files and data. You are going to need to save this on to an external hard drive, you can use a DVD or CD but in my personal opinion it can be a little bit bothersome and you may have to use many DVD’s while with an external hard drive or flash drive you save the system image on one drive.

Creating a system image

Follow these steps to create a system image:

  1. Click Start , and then click Control Panel .

  2. Under System and Security , click Back up your computer .

    The Backup and Restore Center opens.

  3. Click Create a system image .

    Figure 1: Creating a system image

    Backup and Restore Center

Make sure you have your hard drive plugged in.  From then on just follow the instructions that will be prompted for a successful system image.

 

After that has been completed, to restore your computer from that back up. Follows these steps:

 

Restoring the computer from a system image

Use the following steps to restore the computer from a system image:

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel .

  2. Under System and Security , click Back up your computer .

    The Backup and Restore Center opens.

  3. Click Recover system settings or your computer .

    Backup and restore

  4. Under System Restore, click Advanced recovery methods .

    Advanced recovery methods

  5. On the Advanced Recovery Methods page, click Use a system image you created earlier to recover your computer .

    Restoring from a system image

 

We can never be too careful with our important information such as pictures, financials and just daily life activities.  Remember to always back up your data though periodically because a system image does the entire system at that one point.  So if you haven’t done a system image in about 3 months and all of a sudden your computer malfunctions, you won’t be able to retrieve the date from the past 3 months.  This is a great in case of emergency task that will allow you not only to back up your data, but the ENTIRE system as well.   Hope this helps.

 

Cheers from the Zaandam,

 

Kristin

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