By Ivy / Last Updated February 5, 2020

Why Create Windows 10 System Image?

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. If something goes wrong, your computer will be damaged and you need to spend a lot of time in reinstalling Windows 10, including the system and previously installed programs. What’s worse, your data will go forever.

In this case, a reliable backup and restore software is needed. It’s designed to solve this problem. For backup and restore software, you can use the built-in tool as well as a third-party tool. Let’s get it on.

How to Create A System Image Backup in Windows 10 ?

Microsoft has considered that our computer will run into unexpected issues, which will lead to data loss and system crash. Thus, it retains the backup and restore software of Windows 7 in Windows 10 and name it as Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

See below and learn how to create a system image backup in Windows 10. you can create choose to backup Windows 10 to USB, internal hard drive, external hard drive network location. Here, I’ll take creating system image for Windows 10 on USB as an example.

Step 1. Open Control Panel, go to System and Security > File History, then click System Image Backup at the lower-left corner. Or you can directly type backup and restore in the search box and select it from the search result list.

Step 2. Connect the USB drive to your computer and select it as the destination path, then click Next.

Step 3. Confirm your backup settings and click Start Backup.

System Image Backup
After the backup is completed 100%, a pop window will appear and ask if you want to create a system repair disc. It’s recommended to click Yes, because this tool contains Windows system recovery tools and it can help you restore your computer when your computer is unbootable. If you do not have CD/DVD, you still can create a recovery drive with USB.

To restore the system, you can go to Update & recovery > Recovery > Advanced startup > Restart now. And go to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options when your computer restarts, and click System image recovery.

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 system backup in Windows 10. However, the disadvantages of it cannot be ignored, either.

1. 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.

2. Creating a system backup with it needs longer time.

3. It does not support differential backup.

4. 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.

5. It only allows you to restore the entire system, and you can’t restore individual files from the image. In addition, you cannot restore the image created on a larger hard drive to smaller SSD.

6. 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 or alternative solution is needed. Searching “backup and restore software” on the internet, you will find that there are many backup utilities. And, among the kinds of software, AOMEI Backupper Professional is one of the most outstanding programs.

Better way to create system image backup in Windows 10 and Restore it

AOMEI Backupper Professional can help you create a system image backup of Windows 10 easily and quickly. And it offers you all the basic backup and restore solutions as well as extra features, including system backup, disk backup, file backup, selective file restore, differential backup, backup when USB plug in, etc.

Easy to Operate. It has a clean and clear interface that is very easy to be understood.

Fast Backup Speed. It offers the highest speed among all backup tools, which will save your time if there are lots of data that need to be backed up.

Supports Various Destination. It allows you to save the backup files to USB, hard drive, external hard drive, your cloud drive and also a network share.

Backup Compression. It is possible to create a smaller backup image to save the storage space of your USB/hard drive/external hard drive. And it has 3 compression level, such as, None, Normal, High, you can choose it according to your needs. Incremental/Differential Backup. You do not have to make a complete system image backup each time.

Explore Image. It can create several virtual partitions on your computer and allows you to view or restore files from the image via “Copy and Paste”.

How about give it a try? Download the free trial of AOMEI Backupper Professional on your computer and follow the steps below to create Windows 10 system image in minutes.

Step 1. Open AOMEI Backupper Professional, Click Backup and then select System Backup.

System Backup
Step 2. It will select the source partition for you, so you just need to select the prepared USB as destination path. Also, you can backup Windows 10 to external hard drive, NAS, network location, etc. Then, click Start Backup and wait for the process.

Select Backup Destination


1. If you want to create system image schedule in Windows 10, you can click Schedule and then select settings as per your need. It can help you minimize the risk of data loss.

2. To get rid of low disk space owing to backups, you can click Scheme and set custom backup scheme to delete old backup automatically.

3. If you want to create system image in Windows 10 using command line, you can consider using Windows 10 wbadmin.

To restore Windows 10 from USB or external hard drive, you just need to connect the device contain system image to your computer, then use AOMEI Backupper to find it and restore it step by step. The detailed steps: Open this software, click Restore and Select Image File to find the image, select the image and tick Restore this system, select a path for your backup, click Start Restore at last.

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.


By reading this article, you may already know how to create a system image backup in Windows 10 with Backup and Restore (Windows 7) and AOMEI Backupper. By comparison, you can get that AOMEI Backupper has a better performance both in usability and efficiency. So why not move our finger and FREE Download this powerful backup software for 30-days free trial to better protect our Windows 10?

If you want to protect unlimited computers within your company, you can pick AOMEI Backupper Technician. With the inbuilt AOMEI Image Deploy tool, you are also allowed to deploy/restore system image file on server-side computer to multiple client-side computers over network.