By Cherry / Last Updated July 7, 2020

How to quickly image your PC?

An image of your PC, which is also called system image, is an exactly copy file of your hard drive in the PC, including the operating system and all your system settings, programs and all other files. You can use a system image to restore the contents of your PC if your computer or hard disk crashes or stops working. When you restore your PC from this image, it will restore all items on the image including your current operating system, system settings, program and other files. Windows provides the utility for creating a system image:

Click Start, and clicking Control Panel (if you are Windows 10 user, press Win+R, type “Control Panel”, press Enter), click System and Security, select Backup and Restore, then, click Create a system image at the left side as the following screen shot, then, follow the wizard step by step to create system image of your PC.

Create a System Image

However, this type of backup must do manually, and you may get a lot of backup points, even you can choose for restoring computer to an earlier date, you will lose the last data if you forget creating system image when the data produced. How to quickly image and restore your PC? Fortunately, AOMEI Backupper software can help you a lot.

AOMEI Backupper is a perfect backup software which provides you create hardware independent system image and restore your computer from it. And it has free edition for Windows PC users including Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10. You can select image system only or image the whole hard drive. You can do it by following steps below:

Step1. Download freeware AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch it. Connect an external hard drive which should be large enough to store the files. Click Backup and select System Backup (backup operating system and system settings only).

System Backup

Step2. It will select system files by default, and you just need to select a destination place where you want to store the system image on. Select the external hard drive. You can also backup PC to NAS, or other removable media. Then, click Start Backup to launch the progress.

External Hard Drive


AOMEI Backupper provides you to do an automatic backup and you can setup incremental/differential backup.

Image your PC with AOMEI Backupper is more flexible, and what important is that you can use it to restore your PC when you need.

Quickly restore image of your PC

Before restoring your PC, there are some tips for you:

● You’d better use a wired mouse and keyboard when restoring system image, because the wireless mouse and keyboard may not be recognized within the recovery environment.

● You should make a recovery disk for booting your computer into the recovery environment if your computer cannot boot currently.

● AOMEI Backupper supports you restore system image of your computer to another, too.

Step1. Boot your computer with bootable disc you made before. Connect the bootable media to the computer you’d like to restore image on, start the computer and press a specific key (usually Del or F2) to boot into BIOS, and select the way to boot from it. Here is CD-ROW Drive.

Boot Order

Step2. Then, you will get into AOMEI Backupper environment, click Restore to start, and click Path to choose the backup point to restore.


Step3.Then, choose the backup point to restore, and click Next.

Restore Point

Step4.You need confirm the information here, if no problem, click Start Restore to launch the progress.

Start Restore

When the progress reached 100%, click Finish to exit.

● If you use the Disk Backup utility to image the whole hard drive of your PC, you can also restore disk image with it.

● AOMEI Backupper supports you to restore to different hardware with simple steps.

AOMEI Backupper should be the best software to solve the question how to quickly image and restore your PC. With its concise interface and simple steps, even a non-technician can do it alone. Besides, AOMEI Backupper has many other utilities, like clone, sync files and so on.