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  1. Default How to make a backup of Windows 10 System

    I just purchased a Windows 10 system. When I receive it, I want to make an immediate copy (seeing how these days no backup / restore software is included). I assume Windows 10 has a similar setup as previous versions to do an Image backup (which I have used successfully in the past).

    I have looked online and found many people who have not successfully performed an image restore. Has this been fixed by Microsoft over the years with Windows 10?
    Timberleaf
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    I got this from Cnet:

    Because the tool to create a system image is somewhat buried in Windows 10, let's shine a light on where it's located and how to use it. Steps to create a backup system image:

    1. Open the Control Panel (easiest way is to search for it or ask Cortana).
    2. Click System and Security
    3. Click Backup and Restore (Windows 7)
    4. Click Create a system image in the left panel
    5. You have options for where you want to save the backup image: external hard drive or DVDs. I suggest the external hard drive, even if your computer has a DVD-RW drive, so connect your external drive to your PC, select 'On a hard disk' and click 'Next'.
    6. Click the 'Start backup' button.
    After the system image is created, you'll be asked if you want to create a system repair disc. This puts your image on a CD or DVD, which you can use to access the system image you created if your PC won't boot. Don't worry if your laptop doesn't have a CD or DVD drive; you can skip this step and boot the system from the system image on your external hard drive.

    Chuck B
    Napamule
    Note: Even tho it say 'Windows 7' it WILL work for Windows 10 just the same. So 'Create System Image' in Windows 10 is 'hidden' in 'Control Panel'.
    i7 2600K @ 3.4 Ghz (Turbo-Boost to 3.877 Ghz), Asus P8H67 Pro, Super Talent 8 Gb DDR3/1333 Dual Channel, XFX Radeon R7-360B 2Gb DDR5, Corsair 650 W PSU, Dell 23 in (2048x1152), Windows7 Pro 64 bit, MS Sidewinder Precision 2 Joy, Logitech K-360 wireless KB & Mouse, Targus PAUK10U USB Keypad for Throttle (F1 to F4)/Spoiler/Tailhook/Wing Fold/Pitch Trim/Parking Brake/Snap to 2D Panel/View Change. Installed on 250 Gb (D. FS9 and FSX Acceleration (locked at 30 FPS).

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    I tried to do system image (Win 7) and I got errors (missing files/services/etc). So I went and downloaded Macrum Reflect (free for Home Use - 100mb). Installed and ran. It took 8 hours to do image of 865 gb. But it solved my problem (stupid Windows!). It writes an *.xml file to 'My Documents' which I put on a USB for safe keeping. Now if my hard drive fails, or I want to get a bigger HDrive, I can use the Macrum Reflect to restore my BOOT drive (C) AND Windows instlal in a matter of hours. Hope this helps.
    Chuck B
    Napamule
    i7 2600K @ 3.4 Ghz (Turbo-Boost to 3.877 Ghz), Asus P8H67 Pro, Super Talent 8 Gb DDR3/1333 Dual Channel, XFX Radeon R7-360B 2Gb DDR5, Corsair 650 W PSU, Dell 23 in (2048x1152), Windows7 Pro 64 bit, MS Sidewinder Precision 2 Joy, Logitech K-360 wireless KB & Mouse, Targus PAUK10U USB Keypad for Throttle (F1 to F4)/Spoiler/Tailhook/Wing Fold/Pitch Trim/Parking Brake/Snap to 2D Panel/View Change. Installed on 250 Gb (D. FS9 and FSX Acceleration (locked at 30 FPS).

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