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Several users generate an image backup of the Windows operating system using third-party programs like Acronis True Image and Macrium Reflect. The days of doing image backups with third-party programs are long gone.
Everything is now possible with Windows 7. Before we delve into the details of this piece, let’s just say farewell to Acronis True Image. Using Windows 7’s built-in Image Backup tool, it is now simple to create an image (clone) backup of disks. Despite some restrictions, this program will be quite helpful for basic Windows users. How then do I use and access this feature?
Utilize the Image Backup tool to create a Windows 7 image backup.
Step 1: Open Control Panel, under System and Security, open Backup your computer option.
Step 2: In the left pane, click on the Create an image backup link.
Step 3: Select the destination drive or Optical drive or network location to store backup files.
Step 4: Click on the Next button to include/exclude drives in the image backup. Note that the disk where Windows 7 is installed will always be included in the backup. Also, you cannot include the disk that you are saving the backup to.
Step 5: In the next step, Windows 7 will give the last chance to confirm the backup settings you have chosen in the previous step. Once you agree with the backup settings, click the Start backup button to start the backup process. Backup process may take a few minutes to hours depending on the size of the disk.
Step 6: After finishing the backup process, Windows 7 offers an option to create a recovery CD so that you can restore the created image using the bootable recovery disc.