Set up a system image for Windows 10

A system restore can be a lifesaver if something goes wrong with your PC or you’re hit by ransomware. Let’s take a look at how to set one up in Windows 10.

Start by opening the Control Panel. Type Control Panel into the Start Menu search box and click on the result.


Under System and Security, click Backup and Restore Windows 7. (I know we’re talking about Windows 10, but that’s the way it’s labeled.)


In the window that opens, click Create system image on the top-left.


You can choose an external drive, DVDs, or a network location. Then click Next.



You’ll see which drives will be backed up.  This can take up a lot of space. For my brand-new PC, it will require 69 GB. Make sure you have room. Then click Start backup.


This will take some time.


Once the image is finished, you’ll also have the option to create a System Repair Disc in case something goes seriously wrong with your PC and it won’t boot up.





One thought on “Set up a system image for Windows 10

  1. What exactly gets backed up in this process? Is it only system files or will it mirror everything on the PC; i.e. all files, programs (downloaded), etc.

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