How to Make a System Image in Windows 11, 10, 8, 7

Many unpredictable things could lead your system damaged, also caused us so much trouble. A reliable and professional system backup tool can help us prevent such unfavorable things. In this article, we will show you how to make an image for your system.


By Lily Updated on October 16, 2023

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The Importance of Making an Image for Our Computers

You'll never know what's going to happen in the future. Though your computer system runs smoothly and perfectly at this time, it still can be impaired due to some unpredictable errors. If we have made an image for our computers first, then there's no need to worry about system crash or some other unfavorable accidents any more.

Here comes a question, "how can we backup our system?" For that, we sincerely recommend you choose AOMEI Tech's dedicated computer backup tool - AOMEI Backupper.

Free Windows Backup Software - AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Standard is the best free backup software for Windows PC. It offers you all-around backup solutions to help you protect your computer OS and data.

  • There are five backup types available: System/Disk/Partition/File Backup and Cloud Backup. You can choose one backup type that best fits your need.
  • To have changed data backed up automatically, you can enable Schedule Backup.
  • Besides full backup, you are able to create incremental backup to improve backup efficiency and save storage space.

Following are some requirements for using AOMEI Backupper:

  • Operating System: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10/11. If your computer is running Windows Server, try the server edition.
  • Storage Devices: Supports almost all storage devices recognized by Windows, such as IDE, SATA, SCSI, SSD, USB external disk, Hardware RAID, NAS device, etc. Moreover, supports MBR and GPT style. 

Now free download AOMEI Backupper and try it out.

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How to Create an ISO Image from Your Operating System

Step 1. Launch the program. You can see the four main functions (Backup, Sync, Restore, Clone) listed vertically on the left side of the main interface. Click Backup and choose System Backup.

System Backup

Step 2. System-related partitions are selected by default. Choose a destination path to store the system image.

Select Destination

Step 3. You may change the settings of backup by clicking Options, such as change compression level and enable email notification. You can also set up automatic backup with Schedule Backup. Then please click Start Backup to proceed.

Start Backup

Step 4. Click Finish when the backup progress reaches 100%.

Backup Finish

Tip: In order to save your time in making image in the future, you can choose incremental/differential backup under Backup Scheme. You may upgrade to higher editions to enjoy differential backup.

Backup Method

Lily · Editor
Lily Green joined AOMEI in 2018 and has since become a professional in the areas of data protection and data transfer. She is committed to helping users protect their precious computer data and troubleshoot Windows system errors. She consistently stays vigilant about the latest trends in technology, guaranteeing that the given information aligned with the ongoing advancements in the field.