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How to make a full backup of your Windows 10 PC.

A full backup is crucial to safeguard your installation and files, and in this guide, we'll show you the steps to use the Windows 10's System Image Backup tool to complete this task.


backup of your entire system is your best strategy against hardware failure, software issues (such as from upgrades), and malware that can not only damage an installation but also corrupt your files. If you don't proactively create regular backups, you could end up losing important documents, irreplaceable photos, and custom configurations that you may have spent many hours setting up.

On Windows 10, you can create a backup using different methods, which can range from manually copying files to an external storage, to storing files securely in OneDrive or another cloud service, to using third-party backup solutions. However, if you don't want to use third-party tools or messy manual methods, you can also create a full backup using the legacy System Image Backup tool.


A system image is another way to say "full backup," as it's a copy of everything stored on your computer, including the Windows 10 installation, settings, apps, and personal files. The primary benefit of this method is that you can use it to restore your entire system from hardware or software problems using the same or different drive very quickly.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to create a full backup that includes all your custom settings, apps, and files using the built-in system image tool.

Important: Microsoft no longer maintains the System Image Backup tool in the latest release of Windows 10, but you can still use it. These instructions aim to help you create a full backup while the feature still available to create temporary backups or protect older releases of Windows 10, Windows 8.1, or Windows 7. You can also check out this guide with six effective ways to back up your PC.


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