The importance of a bootable backup for Windows 10
In general, a system backup includes the system partition and system related partitions. A bootable system backup not only contains these partitions, but also allows you to boot from your system backup. Thus, a bootable system backup is also considered to be an exact replica of your working system.
Unexpected computer problems can happen to everyone at any time due to system crashes, virus attack, and human errors, etc. Worse still, your computer may refuse to boot. System reinstallation is not a good idea, because all contents on the drive will be overwritten during the process.
In addition, reinstalling a system is often a complex and time-consuming process to perform. If you’re in a situation like this, you can start everything from the beginning by using a bootable backup of Windows.
How to create a Windows bootable backup?
If you don't have a bootable backup for Windows 10 yet, now it is time to create one. To do so, two practical methods are highly recommended. One is using a Windows built-in feature, and the other is using its best alternative. Let's take a detailed look at each of these steps.
Method 1. Use Windows Backup to get a bootable backup in Windows 10
Step 1. Open Control Panel to click System and Security.
Step 2. Choose Backup and Restore (Windows 7) from the list.
Step 3. Click Create a system image on the left pane.
Step 4. Select the destination to save the backup (On a hard disk, On one or more DVDs or On a network location). Then click Next.
Step 5. Confirm your system backup settings and then click Start backup.
Wait for the backup process to be completed. Then you'll see a prompt asking you to create a system repair disc, which you can use to restore your system in case something goes wrong. Skip this option if you already have one. Click Yes if you don't have such a disc.
Tips: To restore system, you should first connect the repair disc to your computer and boot from it. Then go U.S. > Troubleshoot > Advanced options > System Restore.
However, the backup process is not always smooth. Many users complain that Windows 10 backup not working. This issue happens when your computer has corrupted files or your external storage device is not formatted. Under such circumstances, you may need an alternative to Windows Backup.
Method 2. Use the freeware to create a bootable image for Windows 10
AOMEI Backupper Standard is definitely the best alternative to Windows Backup. With its intuitive interface and simple operation steps, you can create a bootable backup of Windows 10 in a very short time. By using it, you can save the system image to cloud drives, internal/external hard drives, NAS devices, and network, etc.
Compared to Windows Backup, this utility offers more advanced features such as auto backup based on weekly or monthly, incremental and differential backup and so on. Besides, you can configure email notification to see if your operation is completed successfully. Other practical features like disk backup, partition backup, file backup/sync are also available.
Above all, it is free to download and use (supports Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP currently). Now you can follow the steps below to make a bootable backup for Windows 10.
Step 1. Install and open this freeware.
Step 2. Click System Backup under Backup tab.
Step 3. Change the Task Name as you like. The related system partitions are selected by default in Step 1. Select the destination path (here is F:\) in Step 2.
Step 4. Confirm your operations and then click Start Backup.
This freeware works well as a bootable rescue media creator. You’d better use it to create a bootable media, which can help you restore the system if your computer fails to boot.
You click Schedule at Step 4 to backup system regularly, including Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers and USB plug in. To enjoy the last two options, you need to do an edition upgrade.
Scheme (in Pro version) means the program will delete older backups automatically. You can choose it at Step 4 to save disk space.
These steps also apply to bootable backup for Windows 7.
When your computer can't boot, you should first connect the bootable media to your computer and boot from it. Your computer will directly boot into the main interface of this freeware. Then please go Home ﹥ the System Backup task ﹥ Restore to do a system restore.
This tutorial contains two methods to create a bootable backup for Windows 10. I recommend you use AOMEI Backupper Standard to do bootable backups, as it is not only easy to use but also provides you with many advanced options. By the way, this freeware serves you well when you need a bootable clone for Windows 10.