Back up your Windows system image

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Take the mouse pointer to the bottom right of the screen and display the charm and select Settings.

チャーム - 設定

Select Control Panel.


Select Secure System.


Select File History.


Select System Image Backup at the bottom left of the window.

システム イメージ バックアップ

Specify the location where the backup will be saved.

If your PC has multiple HDDs and one of them is safe to use as a backup-only disk, you can select a drive from the top "hard disk" to use it as a backup destination. Specifying a normally operational disk as a backup destination doesn't make much sense as a backup (because it's a backup for when your disk is broken...).

If you want to specify an external HDD, USB memory, etc. as a backup destination, select it from the bird disk above.

If you want to specify a DVD or Bru-ray disc as a backup destination, specify "On one or more DVDs" in the middle.

If you want to back up to shared folders or NAS on other PCs on your network, specify "On network location" at the bottom. We'll use this as an example.

You can't enter the destination path directly here, so click the "Select" button.


Enter the path you want to save to. You can also specify a destination by pressing the Browse button, but depending on your environment, you may not be able to save the location, so you can enter the path directly.

When backing up to a shared folder, the path format is usually "\<Server Name>>lt;Shared Folder Name>&any path>).

Enter the user name and password that you have permission to access, such as shared folders.


When you're done, click the Next button.


You can choose the data you want to back up, but you usually back up the whole, so you can check everything and select Next.

For example, if you have only files stored on drive D and you want to back up only the system, such as an application, you can uncheck the D drive.

By the way, the backup is per drive, and it is not possible to back up by the folder in the drive (Because it is a backup of the system image here.)


If the drive is encrypted, you will see a message similar to the following, and click the OK button. The backed up data is not encrypted.


Finally, check and click the Start Backup button.


Wait for the backup to complete. You can do other things during the backup.


Close when the backup is complete. This completes the backup.


If you check the backup destination, you will see that the folder is in place.


By the way, the reality of the backup is a virtual disk. It can also be mounted on a virtual PC, such as hyper-v.