How to fully backup Windows 10?

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by MonarchX, Aug 15, 2015.

  1. MonarchX

    MonarchX MDL Expert

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    I am not talking about a Restore Point, but a full drive/partition/OS backup. I recall it was possible on Windows 8.1, but I cannot seem to start it on Windows 10. I go into general Settings -> Update & Security -> Backup -> Backup Using File History, press "More Options" and I see 2 options "See Advanced Settings" and "Restore Files from Current Backup", neither of which do anything or take me anywhere when I click on them.

    I did use Windows 10 "Things to do after Windows 10 installation" guide (with that .pdf file that contained a ton of reg tweaks to be placed into .cmd file). Those tweaks disabled a ton-crap of useless-to-me things, like all the spying (or as much as possible), needless background apps, Cortana, Windows Defender, etc., but up until now it hasn't caused any issues.

    I already created a backup with Acronis True Image 2015, but I would prefer a 2nd full-OS partition/drive backup using Windows-only approach. Is that possible?
     
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  2. TrustMe

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    Right click Start Button > Control Panel >File History. At the very bottom left hand corner it will say System Image Backup. I think that is what you are looking for.
     
  3. Nucleus

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  4. EFA11

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  5. Nucleus

    Nucleus MDL Guru

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    Have never used it myself mate. Acronis TrueImage (Boot CD only) has always performed perfectly for me. :D
     
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  6. EFA11

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    lol
    yeah same function, I just use Paragon for same reasons
     
  7. MonarchX

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    I have used Acronis TrueImage (Boot CD only) also for many years, never had a problem with it. I made an image of Windows 10 when first released, and no matter how many gone bad tweaks I try. One boot and your back in the pink, once more.
     
  9. MonarchX

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    I do the same thing, except I wait about a month to find out the right tweaks, then I install all non-gaming software, tweak it too, organize, optimize, etc. then run all the cleaners, and THEN make that perfect backup image ;). In case anything goes wrong - I can get back to not just functional OS, but functional PC!
     
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  10. timster

    timster MDL Senior Member

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    I use a Macrium Reflect Boot CD to make system images
     
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  12. shanye

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    Yet another free option - AOMEI Backupper
     
  13. hbhb

    hbhb MDL Expert

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    +1 for Mac
     
  14. sausuke

    sausuke MDL Novice

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    Macrium Reflect for me too.. less than 6 minutes to restore my 383gb Windows 10 Backup, big 'cause of steam games xD
     
  15. cmdllx

    cmdllx MDL Novice

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    Open Admin Command Prompt or Powershell
    Enter:
    wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget:E: -include:C: -allCritical
    Replace ā€œEā€ with your target drive (Where you want to save your image file)
    Hit enter, sit back and know all is well.
    You can restore your computer using a Windows installation disc or a system repair disc.
    You can still perform System image Backup in Windows 10. Just go to Control Panel > File History and find System image Backup option in the lower left corner.
     
  16. woebetide

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    Macrium Reflect +1!
     
  17. Aemsa

    Aemsa MDL Member

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    6 minutes for 383GB yeah right.

    I use and recommend Drive SnapShot.
     
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  18. sausuke

    sausuke MDL Novice

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    #20 sausuke, Aug 17, 2015
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    yep 'cause of rapid delta restore xD if not 1 hour and 15 minutes lol (full copying restoration) for free user :death::death: