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Does Windows 10 has system image backup? 

Up still now, Windows 10 is probably the most stable and usable OS released by Microsoft. But it’s still exposed to all kinds of dangers that may lead to data loss and system failure, such as natural disasters, virus attacks, human errors, and sudden crashes. Therefore, it's necessary to create system image backup in Windows 10. 

Well then, you may wander if Windows 10 has system image backup. Here are two main Windows image backup software, namely "File History" and "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)". The later one is to make a system image backup in Windows 10. It used to be a system backup software for Windows 7 and later remained in Windows 10, named as "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)".

How do I create a Windows 10 system image backup with Backup and Restore (Windows 7)? 

Before start, you need to prepare a storage device to store system image backup. You can use internal hard drive, external disk, USB drive or network location. Among them, the most common way is to use USB as backup storage and backup Windows 10 to USB. Here is an example to create system image Windows 10 on USB.

Step 1. Open Windows 10 system image software - Backup and Restore (Windows 7). There are three methods.

Way 1:  Go to "Control Panel", select "File History" and then click "System Image Backup" at the lower left corner. 

Way 2: Go to "Control Panel" and select "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)".

Way 3: Go to "Settings" > "Update & Security" > "Backup", and scoll down to "Looking for an older backup" and select "Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7)". 

File History

Step 2. Connect USB drive to your computer. 

Step 3. Click "Create a system image" at the left panel. Then, it will start to scan your storage device and list all of them. 

Create A System Image

Step 4. Tick "On a hard disk" and select the USB drive from drop-down menu. Then, click "Next".

Select Usb

Step 5. Confirm your backup settings and click "Start Backup".

After the backup task is completed 100%, you will be asked to create a system repair disc, please do so if you don't have a bootable media. This method requires a CD/DVD disc. If you don't have any of them, you still can create Windows 10 recovery drive with USB. 

Restore from system image backup

If your computer still can boot, go to Update & recovery > Recovery > Advanced startup > Restart now. Then, your computer will restart to the Windows recovery environment, click Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > System image recovery in order, and follow on-screen intructions to perform a system restore.

System Image Recovery

Tip: If your computer does not boot, you can use system repair disc or recovery drive to start your Windows. Please note that you need to set boot priority for the bootable media first. 

What you need to know about Backup and Restore(Windows 7)

It cannot be denied that Backup and Restore (Windows 7) can help you make a complete system backup in Windows 10. However, the disadvantages of it cannot be ignored, either.

  • Windows 10 system image size all depends on the used space of your system. The more space the system has used, the more space the image will occupy on the USB drive or other devices.

  • Creating a system backup with it needs longer time.

  • It does not support differential backup.

  • The system image backup failed¬†error will occur, owing to different reasons, such as, USB not a valid backup location, BIOS/UEFI, not enough space, shadow copy storage, no disk that can be used, etc.

  • It only allows you to restore the entire system, and you can‚Äôt¬†restore individual files¬†from the image.¬†In addition, you cannot restore the image created on a larger hard drive to smaller SSD.

  • Since Windows 10 version 1709, Microsoft no longer maintains this backup feature. Thus, you can still use it to backup your system, but it may stop working one day.

So¬†a better Windows 10 backup software is needed. Searching ‚Äúbackup and restore software‚Ä̬†on the internet, you will find that there are many backup utilities.¬†And, among all kinds of software,¬†AOMEI Backupper Standard¬†is one of the most outstanding programs.

How to create a system image backup in Windows 10 with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a popular Windows 10 image backup software, which supports all backup and restore solutions, including system backup, disk backup, partition backup, file backup, system restore, selective file restore etc. 

  • Easy to operate.¬†It has a clean and clear interface that is very easy to be understood.

  • All Windows operating system. It supports Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11/XP/Vista.

  • Various backup destination.¬†It allows you to backup Windows 10 to USB,¬†hard drive, external hard drive, cloud drive and also a network share.

  • Schedule backup. Every backup types have 8 schedule settings, including daily, weekly, monthly, event triggers, USB plug in, full/incremental/differential backup.¬†

  • Selective file restore. This feature allows you to restore files from system backup, disk backup or partition backup.¬†It creates several virtual partitions on your computer for you to access your data and restore them by traditional copy and paste.¬†

Then, connect your USB drive and download the freeware to have a try. Believe me, it will not let you down. Please follow the steps below.

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Step 1. Open AOMEI Backupper Standard, Click "Backup" and "System Backup". Then, it will select Windows 10 OS and boot related partitions required to boot Windows 10 by default. 

System Backup

Step 2. Click where the arrow point and select USB drive connected to you computer. Also, you can backup Windows 10 to external hard drive, NAS, network location, etc. 

Select Destination

At the lower location, there are three options that can bring you much convenience. You can enable necessary feature among them.
‚óē Options: Three compression levels can compress a big system image to smaller one. Email notification will notify you the final result timely. Enable encryption for backup set a password to access the backup image.
‚óē Schedule: Daily/weekly/monthly backup will regularly backup files while incremental or differential backup backup only changed files since the last full backup, which can prevent data loss to a great extent. Note differential backup is available on AOMEI Backupper Professional¬†at least.
‚óē Scheme: This feature is very useful when you create an automatic backup with AOMEI Backupper, it will delete old backups by the backup number or cycle you set. It's available on AOMEI Backupper Professional.¬†

Step 3. Then, click "Start Backup" to backup Windows 10 OS. 

Start Backup

Restore Windows 10 from USB

Connect the device containing system image to your computer, open AOMEI Backupper Standard, select image by clicking "Restore" and "Select Image File", tick "Restore this system image" and click "Start Restore" at last. If you tick "Restore system to other location", you need to select a storage path before starting the backup task.

Select Image File

‚óē If your computer is unbootable, you need to create a bootable media¬†first or directly use the PXE boot tool to start your computer and restore the image under the recovery environment.
‚óē If you create system image Windows 10 for another computer, it's suggested to tick "Universal Restore". This feature can help you restore Windows 10 backup to another computer with dissimilar hardware.

Another backup software to create Windows 10 system image

Except for above sofwtare, you still can use one key recovery software to make a system backup in Windows 10, it's AOMEI OneKey Recovery. It still supports other Windows system, including Windows 11/8/7/XP/Vista and Windows Server 2003/2008(R2)/2011/2012(r2)/2016(R2)/2019/2022.

By using it, you can backup system to AOMEI OneKey recovery partition or other location, such as, external hard drive. The first one is recommended, because it will create a real partition to store the system image and boot files but not specify a drive letter for it to greatly avoid any unwanted deletion. And you can start the recovey process easily and quickly through boot menu and fast key(F11 or A).

Below are the detailed steps to make Windows 10 system image. Before the official start, download the demo version of AOMEI OneKey Recovery to have a try. Note that the demo version can only be used for demostration, please upgrade to the professional version. Also, you need to connect the USB flash drive and be sure it's recognized.

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1.  Launch one key recovery software AOMEI OneKey Recovery, click OneKey System Backup.

Okr Backup

2. Tick Backup system to other location and click Next.

Backup System to Other Location

‚óē If you want to set compression level or password for the backup image, click Backup Options at the lower location.
‚óē If your system disk has enough space to store your backup image, it's suggested to backup system to¬†AOMEI OneKey recovery partition. Because it's much safer.

3. Click Browse and select the connected USB flash drive on the computer. 


Note: The selected partition in the Advanced option is to store boot files and we call it recovery partition. 

4. Confirm all the info and click Start Backup. The process will run into reboot mode. please wait patiently and don't stop it.

Restore from system image backup in  Windows 10 

Connect the USB drive containing system image to your computer. Then, launch this software, click OneKey System Recovery, tick Restore system by selecting a system image file and click Browse to select image file in the USB drive. After that, click Next and then Start Restore after confirmation.

Restore from

Also, there is a possibility that your computer does not boot successfuly. In this case, restart your computer, press F11 or A key to access the boot men added in this computer. Then, restore system using OneKey System Recovery option.

Enter into AOMEI OneKey Recovery


Here you may already know how to create system image backup in Windows 10. Both Backup and Restore (Windows 7) and AOMEI Backupper Standard can help you, you can use them as needed. 

Honestly, AOMEI Backupper is a better choice, you can backup system/disk/partition/file within one software and it has more advanced features to help you manage the backup task including daily backup, weekly backup, USB plug in, compression, splitting, email notification etc. Just download the freeware to enjoy these features.