Available Hotfixes for issues:
You cannot create a system backup image in an x86 version of Windows 8 that is running on a UEFI x86-based computer
If you want to keep multiple system image versions on the same drive or partition
, then you can use either method below to do so.
This method is usually better if you use a scheduled Windows Backup
with an included system image to help keep multiple system images. Personally, I like using METHOD TWO
below instead to keep multiple images and avoid having a large amount of restore points.
Change the maximum space used for system images
on the drive letter you are saving the Windows Backup to by changing the maximum space used by System Protection
for the same drive letter. This is the same setting.
You do not have to have System Protection turned on for the drive letter, but do need to adjust the maximum space to what you like.
The "max usage" size in System Protection does not limit how big a single system image can be. Only the size of the hard drive will limit the size of a single system image. It's only if you want to be able to keep multiple system images using this method that you would need to be sure to increase the "max usage" size in System Protection accordingly. The size of a system image can be quite large since it will include all system drives in the image by default plus any drives you have included.
Navigate to the backup location above for where you saved a system image that you want to keep before creating a new system image.
Right click, or press and hold, on the WindowsImageBackup
folder, and click/tap on Rename
Rename it to something like WindowsImageBackup-Copy-1
, press Enter, and click//tap on Yes
if prompted by UAC
NOTE: This way you can just easily change the 1 an the end of the name to 2, 3, 4, etc... for each new system image that you make a copy of
You now have a different system image version that you can leave at this location to be able to keep multiple versions.
When you want to restore a system image in a renamed WindowsImageBackup-Copy-1
folder in the future, then you must rename the current WindowsImageBackup
folder first, then rename the WindowsImageBackup-Copy-1
folder back to WindowsImageBackup
in order to be able to restore it. The WindowsImageBackup
folder must be in the root directory of the drive, and not within another folder.