By Lily / Last update May 20, 2022

Imaging Windows 8, what for?

It is well known now that Microsoft moved a few new things around in Windows 8. One of them is the system image backup feature, which allows you to make a copy of your drive so you can do a complete restore in case your system or hard drive crashes. Imaging Windows 8 means creating a system image for your Windows 8, in other words, making a backup for your Windows 8.

Imaging Windows 8 or backing up Windows 8 is a good way of keeping your system, files and data safe both for individuals and organizations. Keeping the personal files and data safe is the immediate profit individual users could derive from imaging Windows 8, while for organizations, they can get even more.

  • Prevent financial loss.
  • A backup of system can prevent loss of credibility and goodwill.
  • It will ensure that staff will continue to be paid especially if it impacts payroll and other key financial records.
  • It will eliminate the loss of important operational information such as customer records and financial information.

It is not exaggerated to say that imaging Windows 8 is the best method for system security, and with the improvement of Windows 8, you may create the system image with more than one method.

Imaging Windows 8 with two free tools

1. Imaging Windows 8 with the built-in utility

Step 1. Search for “recovery” from the Windows 8 start screen, then select the setting Windows 7 File Recovery.

Step 2. Once the Windows 7 File Recovery control panel launches, click on the Create a system image link from the left side of the window.

Create a System Image

Step 3. Choose where you want to save the system image. You can select an external storage device or burn the image to DVDs.

Step 4. Confirm the backup settings, and then click Start backup. At the end of the process, you’ll have the option to create a system repair disc.

Note: You can also create a Windows 8 recovery USB with the "Create a recovery drive" feature. It enables you to reimage your PC when serious problems occur. To recover Windows 8 from boot, go to Settings > Change PC Settings > General, then click on the Restart now button under Advanced startup.

2. Imaging Windows 8 with AOMEI Backupper

  • Software: AOMEI Backupper

  • Price: Free

  • Platform: Windows

AOMEI Backupper is specially designed for Windows platforms. Till now it is well compatible with all Windows systems, including the newest Windows 11. With its help, the process of imaging Windows 8 is very easy. Download the software and try it out right now.

Step 1. Click on Backup and select System Backup.

System Backup

Step 2. The required system partition(s) is (are) selected by default. Choose the destination path to store the backup files. 

Select Destination Path

Step 3. Confirm the operation and click Start Backup to create image for Windows 8 immediately.

Start Backup