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How to Restore Windows 7 from a System Image

The technology of today is fantastic.  Our computers have become our connection to the outside world.  They have become our file cabinets, our phone books, our postal system, our dictionary’s, encyclopedias, and even our gossip rags.  And this is great – as long as nothing happens that messes things up.  But even computers get old, get clogged up, get “tired”.

Why is it necessity to create a System Image?
Let’s say you are currently operating on Windows 7.  You have used it faithfully and filled it up to the brim.  Now it stops – digs its heals in the sand and refuses to budge.  (Can you imagine anything more aggravating?)   So what do you do?  Sure, you can run to the nearest store and buy another computer.  Let’s assume that’s not an option, nor is it an option to tell your client the task they are waiting for just isn’t going to happen because your system is down.  No, neither option is ideal.  But there is an alternative and that is to restore your computer from a system image back up.

A system image back up is an exact duplicate of the drive.  It includes all the drives for Windows to run and also includes your system settings, programs, and files.  Utilizing a full system image back up, however, is a full restoration – meaning it will basically bring your computer back to “day one”, when you pulled it out of the box.
This is a wonderful tool – and an even better tool if you thought to back-up your programs and files along the way to it’s shut down.  Nonetheless, let’s assume you don’t care what stays and what goes (and, by the way,  it will all go bye bye.  A system restore is like a time machine, erasing years.  Don’t you wish people had that option?)   However, all joking aside, if you are going through this now, in the future you will be certain to create back-up discs along the way.  Regardless, the steps are the same – either you restore your computer to day one, or you restore it to the latest back-up system repair disc you have on hand.
How can I do it?
The steps are simple and are as follows:

  1. Remove all CDs, floppy discs, and DVDs.
  2. Restart your computer.
  3. For a single operating system, press and hold the F8 key, before the Windows logo appears,  as your computer restarts.  If youuse more than one operating system, click on the system you want to repair and press and hold the F8 key.
  4. The Advanced Boot Options screen should appear.  Highlight “Repair your Computer” and press Enter.
  5. Select a keyboard layout, and then click Next.
  6. The Systems Recovery Options menu should appear, click on it to open it, and follow the steps clearly listed.

You are now on your way to a fully restored system – whether back to basics, or back to the last back-up you performed!

How to Create System Image and Restore in Windows 7

Windows 7 has even simplified the process of creating a system image and restoring backed up files. This is a primary and important function you need to do as soon as a new Windows 7 has been installed on your computer. Since it not only saves you money when you computer unexpected crashes but also helps  you from not loosing the most important files.

System Image

What system image does is create a duplicate copy of your entire computer system in a specific drive of your choice. The system image has all the necessary drives, like system settings, programs and files that is necessary for you to run Windows on your PC or laptop. Therefore by saving a copy of your system through system image on a drive, you can use it anytime when the hard disk or your computer crashes or stops working.

Creating an image

From the Control Panel choose System and Maintenance, from here select the Backup and Restore option. On the left hand corner of the Backup and Restore window, choose the highlighted link ‘Create a system image’, this will bring up a new wizard window and then follow these steps:

  • Begin by choosing how and where you want the system image to create and save a new image.  You can choose between an internal/external drive on a DVD or even your local area network server. Once you choose the drive, click Next.
  • Now select the drives in your computer to be imaged, and click Next.
  • On this confirmation screen, it will tell you the total space it will occupy in the target drive, ensure your target drive has enough space for the image. Click Next
  • This will begin the process and could take between 20-45 mins depending on the total image size.  Once the process is complete a pop-up box allows you to choose if you would like to also create a system repair disc. I would recommend you say YES, unless you had already chosen to create the image on a DVD rather than a internal or network drive.


In any case your system crashes you can restore your Windows by either inserting the System Repair disc or restoring your files back from the system image created on the external /internal drive or Network server where it has been saved.

You can also restore the backed up files, which was used to backup files of your choice. Backup works similar to System imagine, but it is primarily to backup files that you have saved on your computer and can set it to periodically backup files and application as a scheduled time. This is especially handy if you have accidently deleted an important file, then go the backup folder and choose the file and restore it back to your desktop or folder.

System Image is life saving feature, and ensure you do this as the first step after having your Windows 7 setup and all application installed.  Restore function complements both system image and  backup functionality in windows 7.

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