How to restore your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 PC from a ‘System Image’ backup

Many of the tips I wrote explain the importance of creating a regular system backup in case your computer’s hard drive fails or some other disaster wipes your Windows installation.

It’s important to always have a recent backup in unexpected emergency situations, but one of my blog’s loyal readers recently pointed out that I never explained how to restore a PCfrom System backup. The purpose of this post is to correct that scrutiny.

The procedure for restoring from System Image is quite similar for both Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Simply make sure you have aSystem Repair Disc or USB Recovery Drive with Image Image system backup ready, then do follow the steps below:

1 – Connect anexternal hard drivecontaining your System backup to your PC.

2 – Inserta system repair disc or USB recovery drive and then turn on the machine by pressing the power button.

3 – Change your PC’s BIOS / UEFI settings to force the system to boot from the drive containing the System Repair Disc or USB Recovery Drive.

4 – If prompted to do so, pressany keyon the keyboard to boot from the CD / DVD drive or USB drive.

5 – When prompted, selectthe appropriate keyboard layout.

6 – When the screen appears “Choose an option”, selectTroublshoot.

7 – Select Advanced options.

8 – Select System Image Recovery.

9 – If prompted to do so, select user account with Administrator, then enter the password for that account if asked.

10 – Selectthe operating system(there may be only one listed). The “Re-image your computer” dialog box will appear.

11 – To restore from an existing System Image backup, just click theNext button . To restore from a previous backup, click Select a system image and then click Next.

12 – In most cases you can simply bypass the “Format and repartition disks” and “Install drivers” options and simply click theNextbutton.

13 – Click the Finish buttonto start the restore process.

14 – You will now get a warning that restoring files from the System Image backup will overwrite any data currently on the restored hard drive. ClickYesto continue.

Windows will begin restoring all the files from the backup image. Depending on how much data you need to recover, this process can take a pretty long time, maybe even a few hours.

Yes, that’s all it takes to restore Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 PC from a System Image backup.

The process of restoring Windows 7 backup photos is very similar. Simply connect the backup drive to your PC, boot your computer from the System Repair Disc, then follow the prompts as required.