Below is a step by step procedure for doing a system/disk image backup and how to restore using Windows 7 built in tools.

 

Step 1 - Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Backup and Restore > Create a system image > verify that the hard disk selected for the backup is the one you want > click "next" > (verify that the correct drives [c & p] in my case are selected) > click "next" > click "start backup" > When completed Win 7 gives you the opportunity to create a repair disk which you should do if you have not already done so.

If you intend to do more back ups then you must go in and rename the "WindowsImageBackup" folder to prevent over writes of future image backups. I just added a date like this "WindowsImageBackup022811" By changing these file names you can do multiple image backups of one disk.


Step 2 -Restoring an image file is much more involved than backing up. There are three possible ways to Restore:

- Method 1 - To restore using the Recovery Control Panel (recommended)

    If your computer is still working and you can access the Control Panel, or if you want to restore your system image backup onto a different computer, follow these steps:

1. Click "Recover System Settings on your computer"

2. Click "Advanced recovery methods"


3. Click "Use a system image you created earlier to recover your computer", and then follow the steps.

- Method 2 - To restore using pre-installed recovery options

    If you can't access the Control Panel and you don't have a Windows installation disc or a system repair disc, use this method to restore your computer.

1. Restart your computer using the computer's power button.


2. Do one of the following:

    a) If your computer has only one operating system installed, hold down the F8 key as your computer restarts. You need to press F8 before the Windows logo appears. If the Windows logo appears, try again.

    b)If your computer has more than one operating system installed, use the arrow keys to highlight the operating system that you want to start, and then press F8.


3.On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight "Repair your computer", and then press Enter.


4. Select a keyboard layout, and then click "next".


5. Select a user name, type the password, and then click OK.

 

6.On the System Recovery Options menu, click "Windows Complete PC Restore", and then follow the instructions.

 

- Method 3 - To restore using a Windows installation disc or a system repair disc

    If you can't access Control Panel, you can restore your computer using a Windows installation disc or a system repair disc (if you have one).

    1.Insert the installation disc or system repair disc.


2. Restart your computer using the computer's power button.

If prompted, press any key to start the computer from the installation disc or system repair disc.

If your computer is not configured to start from a CD or DVD, check the information that came with your computer. You might need to change your computer's BIOS settings. For information about which settings to change, check your computer manufacturer's website.


3.Choose your language settings, and then click "Next".


5.Click"Repair your computer".


This step only applies if you are using a Windows installation disc.

6. On the System Recovery Options menu, click " Windows Complete Restore" and then follow the the instructions. 



Last updated on February 27, 2013