By Teresa / Last Updated September 15, 2017

Why backup Windows 7 before reinstalling?

Reinstall Windows OS means every content on the drive will be formatted or overwritten. Reinstalling Windows could solve some unknown reasons that affect the experience of running PC, slow running speed and low disk space in particular. Backing up Windows 7 before reinstall provides a kind of security assurance for you when you are not satisfied with the new installed operating system. Because you can restore system image of Windows 7 any time as you want.

Likewise, you might want to backup files before reinstalling Windows 7 since many of them like photos, videos, and documents are not as easy to recreate as reinstalling software. Other important things like IDs, record passwords, configuration settings, or favorite websites will lose in the reinstall. Therefore, backup before reinstalling Windows 7 or Windows 8/XP is a must-do event.

How to backup before reinstalling Windows 7?

To backup Windows 7, generally, you have two ways. The first one is using built-in Backup and Restore in Windows 7. Open Backup and Restore by clicking Start -> Control Panel -> System and Security -> Backup and Restore. Click Create a system image in the left. The left to do is to follow the wizard to backup system. Meantime, you need to backup other files by clicking Back up now at the same window because above operation only backs up contents relate to operating system.

Create a system image

You are likely to use alternative to Windows 7 Backup and Restore according to the feedback of Windows 7 users. Sometimes, if you’re unlucky, the built-in backup may fail you. For instance, run defragmenter and check disc are good disk management habits, but they may affect the backup occasionally. Optionally, you can try the second way, backup drives before reinstall Windows 7 with free backup software AOMEI Backupper Standard. It is also free for Windows 8, Windows XP as well as Windows 10. It offers you two methods to backup Windows 7, system backup and disk backup. If you merely want to keep system-related stuff on the drive, try system backup. As mentioned before, if you want to backup every file like photo, password, and favorite website on the disk, then follow steps below to backup the entire disk. Download this software now.

Steps to backup before reinstall in Windows 7

If you want to backup disk to external hard drive, connect it with your PC first.

Step1. Install and start AOMEI Backupper Standard. Click Backup, and select Disk Backup.

Disk Backup

Step2. Choose the disk of Windows 7 as the source disk.

Select source disk

Step3. Select the destination path to store backup images.

Select destionation disk

Step4. Click Start Backup.

Start Backup

Note: You don’t need to check Schedule box because it is one-time job. Besides, if you need to encrypt and compress backup image, you can set them up by clicking Backup Options.

Within several clicks, you can backup Windows 7 before reinstalling successfully. After making this safety guarantee, you can reinstall the system just as you like. AOMEI Backupper Standard is handy and helpful software that has embedded with many powerful features. You can backup hard drive without booting Windows with this software as well as clone disk, transfer OS to SSD, create bootable media, incremental backup HDD to external hard drive and etc.