System mage Recovery can be used to revive your Windows 10 installation in just about any scenario you might run into, whether you deleted something you shouldn’t have or want to recover from an earlier system image backup. It’s an easy process that will make your PC act as if it was brand new again, so you can get back to working as quickly as possible. To help you navigate this process, we’ve outlined it step-by-step in this guide on reviving your Windows 10 installation with System Image Recovery.
1) What Is Windows System Image Recovery?
Windows System Image Recovery is a tool that can be used to create a backup of your entire Windows installation. This includes all of your personal files, as well as any installed programs and settings. If your system ever becomes corrupted or unusable, you can use this backup to restore it to its previous state. After running System Image Recovery on your PC, you will need to reinstall the operating system from scratch.
However, instead of installing fresh copies of applications and other data on top of the existing system, Windows will automatically merge the newly-installed components with the old ones without losing anything in the process. In addition, you can choose which drive partitions to back up during the initial configuration phase of System Image Recovery.
You might want to consider backing up everything if your machine contains sensitive information such as financial records or medical records. You may also want to make two separate backups: one for important files like photos and videos, and another for programs like Microsoft Office so they don’t have to be re-downloaded again. Once you’ve made the necessary selections during setup, System Image Recovery will let you know when it’s complete.
2) Create A Backup With Built-In Utility
System Image Recovery is a built-in utility in Windows 10 that can help you revive your installation if something goes wrong. To create a backup, open the Control Panel and go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7). Click on Create a system image in the left sidebar. This will open the Backup and Restore (Windows 8) window. Select where you want to save your backup and what you want to include. For most people, backing up everything on their C: drive will suffice. Finally, click on Start backup to create your system image.
3) Use Third Party Tools
If you’re looking to revive your Windows 10 installation, you can do so with System Image Recovery. This tool allows you to restore your system image, which can be incredibly helpful if your system is corrupt or otherwise not working properly. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use it. 1) In the Start menu search bar, type cmd and then right click Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
2) Type DISM /Online /Cleanup-image /RestoreHealth and press Enter
3) Wait for the process to complete
4) When prompted with This operation might require up to 20 minutes, select Yes
5) When prompted again with Do you want to schedule this action? choose Yes . You’ll now need to create a recovery drive that will enable you to boot from the USB key when starting your computer. To do this, head over to Control Panel > Create a recovery drive. Select A USB flash drive > Next > Plug in your USB drive and follow the instructions that appear on screen until completion. Once completed, close all open windows and restart your computer with the USB drive plugged in. Press any key when asked by Windows 8 whether you want to boot from it before anything else (don’t worry about having an admin password). Once booted into startup options, select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > System Image Recovery Tool > Next . It should take between 15-30 minutes to scan your hard drive for previous images. Choose one of the recommended images
that corresponds with what you were doing when things went wrong and continue through the steps listed. Follow any prompts to login, etc., just like usual!
4) Restore Backups Automatically
One of the great things about Windows 10 is that it includes a feature called System Image Recovery. This feature allows you to create a backup of your entire system, including your personal files, settings, and applications. Then, if something goes wrong with your system, you can use the backup to restore your system to its previous state.
In order to do this, first make sure your PC has enough free space for a new installation by going to Settings > Update & Security > Storage > Free up space now. Next, go to Settings > Update & Security > Backup and click on System Image Recovery. Select Create a recovery drive then follow the instructions in the wizard. Once created, insert the USB drive into any working computer and then start up Windows 10 Setup by holding down Shift while clicking Restart from within Windows. From there select Troubleshoot -> Advanced Options -> Troubleshoot Startup Issues -> System Restore -> Choose an option -> Next-> Confirm – Yes-> Finish.
5) Copy from USB Drive
- Connect your USB drive to your computer and open the Advanced Startup Options menu. To do this, press the Windows logo key + I on your keyboard to open the Settings app. Then click Update & security > Recovery. Under Advanced startup, click Restart now.
- On the Choose an option screen, click Troubleshoot > Advanced options > System Image Recovery.
- On the Use a system image you created earlier to recover your computer screen, select your external hard disk or USB flash drive that contains the system image, and then click Next.
- Select Verify integrity of the restore point, and then click Next.
- Click Scan for affected programs to find out if any programs will be deleted as part of the recovery process.
- If you see any program that should not be deleted, click Next to go back one step and select Skip instead of Restore personal files and settings in order to exclude it from being scanned for restoration during the recovery process.
- After scanning is complete, if there are no other programs identified as needing deletion, review what will be restored by clicking Next again (you can also review it before proceeding by pressing Shift+F10).
- Select Start recovery when ready and wait while the wizard finishes copying all necessary files onto your machine’s local hard drive, including repairing any missing system files if necessary. You’ll need to restart your computer after the installation completes.
- When you’re finished recovering your operating system, delete the saved state file so that you don’t accidentally run into these problems again. To do this, right-click c:\$windows.~bt\saved state and choose Delete > Yes > Yes
6) Post Recover Steps
- If you have a recent system image backup, you can use it to restore your computer.
- To do this, go to the recovery options in your settings and select Use a system image.
- Then, follow the prompts to select your backup and begin the restoration process.
- This will erase everything on your hard drive, so be sure to back up any important files first.
- Once the process is complete, your computer will be reverted back to the state it was in when you created the system image.
- Note that this will not reinstall Windows—it will only restore your personal files, settings, and apps.
7) Useful Tips
- If you can’t boot into Windows, you can use the Recovery Drive or System Repair Disc to access System Image Recovery.
- If you can boot into Windows, open the Control Panel and search for ‘Recovery’. Click ‘Create a recovery drive’ in the results.
- On the next screen, make sure ‘Back up system files to the recovery drive’ is checked and click ‘Next’.
- Connect a USB drive to your computer and click ‘Next’. The process will begin copying files to the drive.
- Once the process is complete, eject the USB drive and store it in a safe place.
- If you ever need to use System Image Recovery, boot from the USB drive and follow the prompts. You’ll be able to create a new installation of Windows 10, recover individual files and folders, or refresh your PC by reinstalling Windows without affecting your personal files.
- You’ll also have the option of using Advanced Startup Options if you’re having trouble booting into Windows normally.