What’s needed for restoring PC to original settings?

To restore PC to original settings, you need first to prepare an image backup of your computer. Normally, it will be a system image. When should you create the special backup of your PC? The answer is the earlier the better. If you want to restore PC to original state, then backup your computer should be done on the first day you install system on your PC. Backup image created at that moment takes up less disk space because it only contains essential drives and files. The later you start to backup, the larger the backup image will be. Incremental Backup and Differential Backup could save storage space instead, yet it is a regular backup strategy in later backup career.

System recovery image has another advantage. Comparing to system repair disc or system reinstall disc, system image is easier to keep and has less risk of losing, destroying, damaging. As a matter of fact, many users don’t want to reset computer to factory settings unless they got problems. But things will become hard if you got neither system recovery backup image nor system repair disc.

Create system image in Windows

Backup is the basis of recovery. In most Windows operating systems, the system image is required when you do restoration. Thus, before you worry about how to restore PC to original configuration, create a system image ahead. In Windows 7, click Start -> Control Panel -> System and Security -> Backup and Restore. Create a system image is in the lower left corner. In Windows 8/10, click Start menu-> Control Panel -> System and Security -> File History. Then click Windows 7 File Recovery/System Image Backup in the lower left corner. The rest to do is to follow the wizard to complete creating.

However, you are likely to confront backup failure in Windows out of some unknown reasons. Learn more information to see article, file history alternative. It is why so many users are looking for the alternative backup utility of Windows Backup tool. Try comprehensive free backup software, AOMEI Backupper Standard. It supports OS including Windows Vista/XP/7/8/10. This software will let you backup system image successfully and restore them easily as well. It is simple and easy to use. Download this software to create backup image now.

Create system recovery image with AOMEI Backupper

Step1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Select Backup, and click System Backup.

System Backup

Step2. Select the destination location path of system backup image. The C drive and System Reserved Partition are selected by default. Then click Start Backup.

Start Backup


  • It is advised to backup system image to the place outside of OS installed hard drive. Usually the place is an external hard drive or a removable disk.
  • If you want to backup your PC schedule, you can check Schedule box. If you click Backup Options, you can set customized configuration in following window.

Backup Options

You can do restore system to restore PC to original settings after the creation when unexpected situation occurs. Other than restoring system to the same computer, this solid backup program also allows you to restore computer to another computer that with dissimilar hardware. The features, system clone, disk clone, partition/volume clone, create bootable rescue media, etc. are all embedded in AOMEI Backupper. Download to safeguard your PC now.