In this technological world, it's inevitable that you have had, or will have, computer problems forcing you to do regular backups of your files. In any case it's a good (and arguably essential) habit to get into. Backups are a great thing, however we've become familiar with another way to back up your system and keep all your preferences in tact.
Windows system image allows you to take a 'snapshot' of your computer and back up the whole system including settings you have applied.
A normal backup only saves your files, where as the system image saves your software as well. A system image contains a copy of Windows and copies of your programs, system settings and files. The image is then stored in a separate location from the original programs, settings and files. Your can then use this image to restore the contents of your computer if your hard disc or entire computer ever stops working.
If you're using Windows Backup, you can have a system image created each time your files are backed up. The files can be saved on a USB, CD, DVD or a hard drive, but the system image must be saved on a hard drive.
We have used the Windows system image function in house on our laptops to restore them when they've had issues, and have found that it works exactly how it's supposed to.
To get more information, and to save for the future, visit the step-by-step instructions page on the Windows website, here.
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Please note that we have trialled the majority of these products and have found them to be relatively reliable and user friendly. We have not undertaken a detailed verification and we therefore suggest that you discuss the products with your computer advisers before using the technology.