A previous tip showed how to create a system image in Windows 8. In Windows 8.1, Microsoft changed the procedure and made it harder to find. In this tip, I will give the new way to make a system image.
As the previous tip described, an obscure feature called “Windows 7 File Recovery” for creating system images was tucked away in Windows 8. That applet is gone from Windows 8.1 but the same functionality is still there with a different name. It is found in the feature called “File History” that was described in this other tip. The function has the new name “System Image Backup” and here are the steps to access it:
- Go to the Start screen.
- Type “file history” or just “file”
- Click “File History” in the list of selections that opens (not "File History settings").
- Clicking the first thumbnail shows an example of the dialog window that will open.
- In the lower left corner of the window is a link “System Image Backup” (highlighted in the graphic).
- Click this entry and a dialog similar to the one shown by clicking the second thumbnail will open.
- Choose where you want the system image.
- Click “Next”
- Follow the directions in the “Create a System Image” wizard that opens.
You can also access File History with Control Panel-> System and Security -> File History and proceed from step 4 above.
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