How to: perform a System Image Backup on Windows 8.1

A System Image Backup is a backup of a complete system – physical or virtual – that can be restored in case of disaster.

Microsoft introduced native image backup functionalities in Windows starting from 7.

In Windows 8.1, it’s tricky to find how to configure it. So we prepared this tutorial to help you.

Open the Windows Control Panel and click on File History:

System Image Backup on Windows 8.1

On the lower left corner you will find the button System Image Backup:

System Image Backup on Windows 8.1

Select the destination of your backup. We chose a network location:

System Image Backup on Windows 8.1

Specify the path and the access credentials:

System Image Backup on Windows 8.1

The selected path will appear in the related field:

System Image Backup on Windows 8.1

Now it’s time to choose the drives you want to back up. The system drive cannot be unchecked:

System Image Backup on Windows 8.1

Press Start backup to perform your first System Image Backup. Windows is smart enough to check the destination available space and alert you in case of problems:

System Image Backup on Windows 8.1

Related article:
How to restore a Windows System Image Backup

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