By Lily / Last update January 19, 2022

Should We Backup Windows 8/8.1 Operating System?

Definitely yes! Backup Windows OS after installing the system is necessary. No matter Windows 8/8.1 or Windows XP/Vista/7/10, backup system can solve many problems. Here we summarize some common reasons: 

Prevent system failure and data loss due to it: We all know that the computer may get in troubles because of many effects, such as virus attacks, hard drive broken, human’s wrong operations, etc. Many accidents can result in system crash. Once the system down, your computer cannot boot, the information may lose, the data may broke.

Fast recovery: A system image backup will include the operating system, system files, drivers, installed program, data etc on the system partition, thus you can easily restore Windows 8 image to SSD or HDD without downtime if something bad happens.  You don't need to reinstall Windows or factory reset it to default settings.

How to Backup Windows 8 or 8.1 Operating System 

Does Windows 8 or 8.1 has backup program? You may have this question if you don't create a system image for your computer before. The answer is positive, you can still use Backup and Restore in Windows 7. And in Windows 8 or 8.1, it is hidden in the File History.

Step 1. Open Backup and Restore in Windows 8 or 8.1. 

Way 1: Click Start button-> Control panel->Windows 7 File Recovery -> System Image Backup.
Way 2: Click Win + W key to open Settings window, type file history in the box and select it. Then, click System Image Backup at the lower left corner.

System Image Backup

Step 2. Click Create a system image at the left panel.

Create A System Image

Step 3. Check On a hard disk and select an external hard drive or other devices you want to store backup image. 

Select Usb

Step 4. Confirm backup settings and click Start Backup to backup Windows 8 or 8.1 operating system. 

Now you may successully create Windows 8 operating system backup with step by step guide above. But you may find this software does not support creating OS backup automatically. That's to say, you can only restore your computer back to the state you backed it up and lose all of the changes made from that.

You may feel terrible if you lose any data after system recovery. Then, how to backup operating system for Windows 8 or 8.1 automatically and make it easily? You can use a third-party reliable backup software in the next part.

How to automatically backup Windows OS (Simple and Effective)

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a powerful backup software used by millions of users worldwide. With it, you can create Windows 8 operating system backup easily as well as other systems, such as, Windows 10, 11, 7, Vista, XP. Below are useful features of it:

Backup system automatically: You can backup system in daily, weekly, monthly, thereby keeping changes made in the previous backup.
Use less backup time or disk space: It allows you to backup only used sectors of file system, keep only changed files (with Incremental Backup), compress backup image to smaller, etc.
Various backup destination: With it, you can backup Windows 8 operating system to external hard drive, USB drive, cloud drive, network drive, etc.
Free and easy to use.

Now, download AOMEI Backupper Standard and install on the Windows 8 operating system. Prepare an external hard drive if you want to backup Windows 8 to external disk. 

Step1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Standard, click “Backup” and then “System Backup”.

System Backup

Step2. In the system backup window, the system and boot partition has been selected by default, so you only need to select a destination place to store the backup image. You can choose a local space or an external hard drive, even backup to NAS.

Select Destination

Step 3. Click "Schedule Backup" and "Enable Schedule Backup", then select "Daily", "Weekly", or "Monthly" backup frequency. Afterward, click “Start Backup” to create OS backup in Windows 8 automatically.

Schedule Settings


  • You can click “Backup Options” to add comments for the backup and set a password for it, and so on.
  • You can click "Backup Scheme" to  set Full or Incremental backup method. Also, you can use Differential Backup or delete old backup image with different cleanup methods if you upgrade to the professional version.


Backing up Windows 8 or 8.1 operating system is not different as long as you have a reliable backups software. The built-in tool is a good option if you thinks it's ok to backup system manually. But if you want to make this task automatically and easily, AOMEI Backupper Standard will be a better choice. 

Not only schedule automatic system, it also provides other useful features you will benefit, such as, Normal or High compression level, Intelligent Sector Backup, Incremental Backup, Differential Backup, Backup Scheme, etc.