How to create and restore backup (image) of Windows 10 installation?

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    How to create and restore backup (image) of Windows 10 installation?


    Hi guys.
    I want to try and install other Windows 10 version.
    In case I don't like how it works, how do I create backup and later restore of current Windows 10 installation alongside with drivers (which were installed via Windows update)?
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    I thought we were already having this conversation ... ???
    How to create and restore backup (image) of Windows 10 installation?
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  3. Posts : 220
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    Sorry it was posted to wrong section.
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    Simplest possible option- grab a spare disk and use that in place of your existing system disk.
    That's probably the least amount of work and time, and requires no real thought.

    Otherwise I hope you're already using 3rd party disk imaging regularly and routinely as is endlessly recommended here so you can recover from disaster and recent difficult situations by yourself by restoring the image (of all O/S partitions) you create and update periodically, whether that be to a new disk (old one failed) or even a new PC (old one failed or was stolen).

    Use a program such as Macrium Reflect, Aomei Backupper etc etc...
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    dalchina said:
    Simplest possible option- grab a spare disk and use that in place of your existing system disk.
    That's probably the least amount of work and time, and requires no real thought.

    Otherwise I hope you're already using 3rd party disk imaging regularly and routinely as is endlessly recommended here so you can recover from disaster and recent difficult situations by yourself by restoring the image (of all O/S partitions) you create and update periodically, whether that be to a new disk (old one failed) or even a new PC (old one failed or was stolen).

    Use a program such as Macrium Reflect, Aomei Backupper etc etc...
    Windows 10 does not have built i option/software for it?
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  7. Posts : 43,356
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    frozensun said:
    Windows 10 does not have built i option/software for it?
    Thank you for your reply.

    Yes and no.

    Time and again on this forum MS has been quoted- MS does NOT recommend using the built-in 'Back up and Restore (Windows 7)' - but use robust maintained and updated 3rd party solutions.

    Macrium Reflect is mentioned 1000s of times on tenforums along with other programs, and as it seems you don't yet use disk imaging, it's never too soon to start.

    Understand that an O/S is intended as the bedrock- applications use O/S features to provide more advanced facilities.
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    Hmm okay thanks, but I don't want to install rescue media.
    I want to backup my current installation so in case other install of Windows does not work properly I can restore previous version of Windows via backup iso.
    I hope that is it,mentioned on your link above.
    So no need to install and use Acronis True Image.
    I see this is a lot easier (4 steps).
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    frozensun said:
    Hmm okay thanks, but I don't want to install rescue media.
    I want to backup my current installation so in case other install of Windows does not work properly I can restore previous version of Windows via backup iso.
    I hope that is it,mentioned on your link above.
    So no need to install and use Acronis True Image.
    I see this is a lot easier (4 steps).


    If I were you I would "install" AOMEI Backupper, and "create" the bootable rescue media.
    Then make a full OS backup (System Backup).

    Then do your "other" Windows thing. If you like it then you're fine. If you don't, then use the bootable rescue media to "restore" the full OS backup (System backup), you made before, in AOMEI Backupper.

    IMO, Acronis is too bloated anymore. AOMEI (free) and Macrium are far better solutions, these days.



    Personally, I use Macrium (paid), and I use it a lot. Any major or even minor changes... I make a backup, before and not too long after the changes. For example, the 9th is patch Tuesday, so I'll be making a fresh backup before the 9th on Win 10 and Win 11.

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    I try to keep the amount of "used space" on my C:\ drive at about 30GB. That way, my backups or restores only take about two and a half minutes.

    In fact, I'm gonna make those backups right now.
    One other thing I always do... I clean Windows before I make a backup.



    Well... I just made the Windows 10 backup, now to clean and make the Windows 11 backup.

    Done and done. Now I'm ready for patch Tuesday.
    Do your worst Microsoft! I'm covered.

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  10. Posts : 220
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    I just want to backup system drive with drivers on it on like external usb pen drive or ssd.So which program/option would you suggest me?
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