By Lily / Last update April 1, 2017



I’m using Toshiba laptop, within Windows 8 operating system. I do not have the recovery partition on my laptop so I want to backup my Windows 8 OS from laptop, so that once I need, I can restore computer to an earlier date from the system backup image. Here is my question, how to backup Windows 8 OS from laptop?”

Why you need to backup Windows 8/8.1 OS from laptop?

Many laptop users working with Windows 8/8.1. And you need to understand that backup Windows 8/8.1 OS from laptop is necessary, because laptop faced more danger of losing data. Compared with desktop, it is easier to be stolen, and it is easier to be broken. In case of those accidents, backup operating system would be better that it can minimize your lost. Besides, if you find your laptop runs slower and slower, you can use the system backup image to restore computer to earlier date.

Backup Windows 8 from laptop with its built-in tool

Windows 8/8.1 does have built in backup tool for creating a system backup image. To backup OS with Windows 8 snap in tool, here you need to click Start > Control Panel > Windows 7 File Recovery. Then, click Set up backup to open the Windows System Backup for executing the task.

Create System Image Backup

But in Windows 8.1, you should click Control Panel > System & Security > File History, and click “Turn on”. Then, clickSystem Image Backup to backup Windows 8 from laptop.

Create System Image Backup

When you get into the wizard, you can create system image backup step by step. Although you can use its snap in tool to backup Windows 8 from laptop, the consequence must come with limitations. For example, you must get the permission from the administrator; you can only use the system image to restore to the original computer, etc. Thus, here we highly recommend you a better backup tool AOMEI Backupper, which can help you backup Windows 7/8/10 OS from Dell, Dell, HP, Asus, Toshiba, or other laptop.

Backup Windows 8 from laptop with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a wonderful free alternative to Windows built-in Backup and Restore tool. You can use it to backup Windows 8 from laptop easier and more flexible. But how to backup Windows 8 from laptop with AOMEI Backupper? The next content will show you the detailed steps.

Step1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install it to your laptop. Open it and you can see the deep-blue interface of this software, click “Backup”, and select “System Backup”.

System Backup

Step2.The system files has been selected by default, so you only need to select a destination place to store the backup image. You can choose to backup to a local other space or an external hard drive, you can even backup to NAS. After selected the destination place, click “Start Backup” to start proceeding.



You can setup more backup details by click “Backup Options” and “Schedule” before clicking “Start Backup”. “Backup Options” is for you to add comments for the backup and set a password for it, and so on. “Schedule” is for you to setup an automatic backup. You can click it to set a daily, weekly, monthly backup and Event triggers (supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional or other superior version) at the “General” tab, and set full, incremental, differential backup under “Advanced” tab.

Step3. Wait a few minutes, after the progress reaches 100%, clickFinish to end up this proceed.


Backup Windows 8 OS from laptop with AOMEI Backupper is such a simple thing. When you need , you can restore the system backup image. And AOMEI Backupper supports Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP. If you are Windows Server users, the AOMEI Backupper Server is suitable for you.