How To Backup Windows: Your Complete Guide To Pc Backup


Sadly Microsoft in Windows 8.1 is removing the Windows 7 backup tool that for years allowed users to create a full backup (or system image) of their PCs. This actually was a pretty handy tool amuốn savvy users to backup Windows installation files, documents, device driver, desktop applications and even the new modern apps in Windows 8, to recover in case of hard drive sầu failure, malware, & many other problems.

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It was pretty obvious that Microsoft was eventually going to lớn retire this tool, because when Windows 8 was released, the “Backup and Restore” feature was simply renamed to “Windows 7 File Recovery”, almost telling you khổng lồ use this tool only for recovery purposes and nothing more.

The software giant may have sầu many reasons for this decision, a few of those reasons could be that creating a system image can potentially carryover bad program installation, malware, và many other issues — or perhaps Microsoft understands that starting from scratch is the best solution –. But it seems that the main reason is because Windows 8 includes new recovery tools, such as Refresh your PC, Reinstall everything, File History, and SkyDrive sầu which not only allows to store documents in the cloud, but also can store PC settings and roam them between all your Windows 8 devices.

Also let’s not forget the biggest problems around creating a full backup, it can fail for many reasons (e.g., tệp tin corruption, operation did not complete successfully & user won’t notice, etc.), và files won’t be up to lớn date unless you perform a full backup hourly. But the biggest problem is that if the backup doesn’t work (which happen pretty often), it could become impossible to recover important personal files.

Even though you won’t find anymore the “Windows 7 File Recovery” option in Windows 8.1, the ability lớn create a full backup of your PC still possible with a combination of different tools & services. Now instead of having an easy khổng lồ use dashboard khổng lồ create a system image, you’ll have sầu to perform this task using the Recimg command line tool, File History to backup files separately, and SkyDrive to lớn backup PC settings (and even documents, if you choose so).

Yes, I know it seems rather a more time consuming operation & it is, but at least in many scenarquả táo where recovery is necessary, you won’t need extra software và you’ll be able to lớn restore everything with the lathử nghiệm version of all your important personal files.

In the step by step instructions below, we’ll go through how to create a Windows 8.1 system image, how khổng lồ configure the image as a custom refresh point. We’ll also learn to lớn use File History to lớn backup your files, và finally you’ll learn khổng lồ configure SkyDrive to sync PC settings to lớn the cloud. Let’s start:

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1. Go to the Start screen, type cmd, from the results, right-cliông chồng and select Run as administrator.

2. Next type the following commvà và press Enter:


Quiông chồng Tip: If you don’t have sầu enough space in your hard drive sầu, use an external USB drive sầu lớn store the custom system image. If you proceed with this option, in the comm& mentioned above, change “C” with the drive sầu letter of the external storage.

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This far you created a custom system image of Windows 8.1 on the drive where Windows is installed (C:Custom_Image_Refresh), also using the above sầu command will register the image for recovery when using the refresh feature. To verify if this is true, type the following commvà on the Command Prompt:


Restoring your PC with a custom recovery image

In Windows 8.1 the “Refresh your PC without affecting your files” still works the same as it did before. The only change is the location, now to lớn get to the recovery options in Windows 8.1, you need khổng lồ go khổng lồ the PC settings by using the win +i keyboard shortcut, clicking Change PC settings, navigate Update & recovery, Recovery, và clicking the Get Started button.

Finally, clichồng Next, Refresh and wait until Windows 8.1 finishes the process.

Although using Recimg lớn create a custom recovery image, it doesn’t backup Windows 8 apps, documents, personal settings, or user profiles, because that information is preserved when you refresh your PC.

Quichồng Tip: If the PC isn’t starting, insert the Windows installation truyền thông, restart the computer, hit Next, và click Repair your computer. In the Advanced startup thực đơn choose Troubleshoot, then Refresh your PC, choose the operating system, và follow the onscreen instructions.

File History

Thus far you created a backup of the operating system & desktop applications, now the second part on creating a full backup of Windows 8.1 is to configure File History. This is a new tool in Windows 8 that basically allows you to lớn backup all your files on the daily basis. To learn how khổng lồ configure & use Time Machine lượt thích feature read the following guide: How to lớn set up Windows 8 File History to lớn backup your data (Step-by-Step).

Backing up PC settings with SkyDrive

Even though, refresh takes care of keeping moderns apps, user profiles, personal settings, you can also make sure these settings are safe off your PC. Thanks to the new deep integration of SkyDrive in Windows 8.1, you can sync personalization, modern apps, và other important settings in the cloud. To backup your settings, go lớn PC settings, SkyDrive, Sync settings, and make sure Sync settings on this PC is turned-on, và finally choose the settings you want lớn save in the cloud. (Rethành viên that settings could take some time lớn sync, if you are enabling them for the first time.)

Wrapping up

Although, this process of full backup in Windows 8.1 does not create a bit-by-bit copy of your hard drive lượt thích it was possible in Windows 7, it does accomplish keeping your important files safe on the daily basis, it preserves desktop applications and modern apps, PC settings — basically everything.

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If you think about it, this process actually makes more sense (in theory), because unless you do a full backup at least every week, the files to lớn recover will always be out of date & many others files because of the time gap will not even get backed up making the recovery inconsistent.