Backing up Windows 10

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  1. huffman's Avatar
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    windows 7
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    Backing up Windows 10


    I was under the impression that Microsoft had put the backup back into Windows 10.

    Darned if I can find it. Someone may know how to backup Windows 10 with the built-in program.

    Thanks
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  2. FreeBooter's Avatar
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    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
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    The Macrium Reflect, is a good free backup program you can use.

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect
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  3. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    huffman said:
    I was under the impression that Microsoft had put the backup back into Windows 10.
    It never left, but it was very well hidden in Win8.....

    Darned if I can find it. Someone may know how to backup Windows 10 with the built-in program.

    Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Back up and Restore (Windows 7) > Create a system image.


    But you really shouldn't use it, even Microsoft has been saying for years that you should use something else.

    Microsoft said:
    System Image Backup (SIB) Solution
    We recommend that users use full-disk backup solutions from other vendors.
    Features removed or Deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
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  4. Posts : 1,591
    Windows 10 Home
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    There are many very good choices of 3rd party backup/restore programs, just to name a few: MR7 or MR8, Aomei BackUpper, EaseUS Todo Backup/Restore, Image for Windows. The list almost seems endless. What many of us agree on: usage of Windows built-in backup/restore is very much discouraged. Only a few use it.
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  5. huffman's Avatar
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    windows 7
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    RolandJS, that is a good list. I have used some of them. MR is my favorite except the restore part always confused me (thankfully I never had to use it).
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  6. Paul Black's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
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    Hello @huffman,

    Here is a list that you might find useful in the future if you want to experiment for example . . .

    Imaging & Backup Software:

    This Software is listed in alphabetical order as opposed to relevance order.

    > Acronis True Image - PAID
    > AOMEI Backupper Standard Edition - Free Backup Software for Windows - FREE
    > Drive SnapShot - Disk Image Backup for Windows and PE. - TRIAL
    > EaseUS ToDo Backup - FREE
    > FreeFileSync: Open Source File Synchronization & Backup Software - FREE
    > Hasleo Backup Suite - FREE [ Newly Released Software - NOT a lot known ]
    > Karen's Replicator - Backup Utility - FREE
    > Macrium Reflect - FREE Edition - FREE
    > NovaBackup - PAID
    > O&O DiskImage 15 Professional Edition - PAID - See NOTE: Below
    > Paragon Backup & Recovery - FREE
    > Second Copy Automatic Backup Software - PAID
    > SyncBackFree: Backup and Synchronization Software - FREE
    > SyncToy - MS Download Centre - FREE

    NOTE: Sometimes FREE > Register FREE full version O&O DiskImage Professional Edition!



    NOTE: Personally, I would stay clear of the Windows Built-In Imaging & Backup option.

    It is common knowledge that most of the time you can NOT trust ANY of the MS built-in Backup or Image facilities because they just do NOT work. The System Imaging facility is a deprecated feature which is NO longer being developed or updated [ it used the same executables in every version of W10 ]. Even MS say that the built-in System Imaging facility should NOT be used . . .

    System Image Backup (SIB) Solution
    We recommend that users use full-disk backup solutions from other vendors.

    SOURCE: > Features Removed or Deprecated in Windows 10



    I personally use AOMEI Backupper Standard Edition because it has an easy to follow and use UI. I have used it for years . . .

    > AOMEI Backupper Standard Edition - Free Backup Software for Windows



    I hope this helps.
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  7. Ghot's Avatar
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    Win 10 Home 10.0.19044.1387 (x64) [21H2]
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    @huffman

    I like to do the restore from the Macrium Reflect bootable Rescue Media.

    Just right click the image you want, and choose Restore.
    Click Next a few times, then a small windows will pop up asking if you're sure you want to "overwrite".
    Put a checkmark in the box and click OK.

    That's pretty much all there is to it.
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  8. huffman's Avatar
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    windows 7
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    Paul Black that is a heck of a list. I made a copy of it and will keep it. I remember using some of those years ago but I have been using Macrium Reflect for the last few years and I hope I never have to us it. The reason I say that is when trying to restore an image, you reach a point where it just seems to end for making decisions. At that point you don't know what to do. Macrium was supposed to fix this a couple years ago, but I do NOT see that they have.

    Ghot, I had just comment that I was NOT sure how to restore an image using Macrium Reflect.

    Just right click the image you want, and choose Restore.Click Next a few times, then a small windows will pop up asking if you're sure you want to "overwrite".Put a checkmark in the box and click OK.

    This still leaves me confused. Are you using a rescue disc for restoring the image? A step by step method to restore would be great.

    Thanks both of you.
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  9. cereberus's Avatar
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    Windows10
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    huffman said:
    Paul Black that is a heck of a list. I made a copy of it and will keep it. I remember using some of those years ago but I have been using Macrium Reflect for the last few years and I hope I never have to us it. The reason I say that is when trying to restore an image, you reach a point where it just seems to end for making decisions. At that point you don't know what to do. Macrium was supposed to fix this a couple years ago, but I do NOT see that they have.

    Ghot, I had just comment that I was NOT sure how to restore an image using Macrium Reflect.

    Just right click the image you want, and choose Restore.Click Next a few times, then a small windows will pop up asking if you're sure you want to "overwrite".Put a checkmark in the box and click OK.

    This still leaves me confused. Are you using a rescue disc for restoring the image? A step by step method to restore would be great.

    Thanks both of you.
    If you have used option to crrate a boot menu option, if you click to restore when running from Windows, it tells you and then boots into Reflect Recovery Winpe mode.
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  10. huffman's Avatar
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    windows 7
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    Paul Black I am going to try AOMEI by your recommendation. I know that Macrium Reflect does not work on this particular PC.

    I have ordered more thumb drives to store the back up and should be here by Friday.

    Thanks again.
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