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Stupid question, but how do I make image backups of my OS

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    Stupid question, but how do I make image backups of my OS


    Might be a stupid question, but I'm not 100% sure on how to make backups of my computer, and which programs are good etc. Also will it just backup the operating system itsself, or all my programs and setting also?

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    Posts : 61
    Windows 8.1 32-Bit


    System Image - Create in Windows 8
    That should help you out for now. There are also good 3rd party programs out there to do the job, like AOMEI Backupper or Acronis True Image which sometimes comes as a free download from certain harddisk manufactors.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I use Macrium Reflect.
    It backs up EVERYTHING.
    Free & paid version.
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    Windows 8 Pro


    Another recommendation for Macrium Reflect here too...Used it to do monthly OS backups (and the odd restore) with no issues.
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    Also can I put the system image on a usb flash drive, and if my pc messes up, how do I use the system image if my pc won't run correctly?
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    64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro


    In Macrium Reflect, you need to create a rescue disk. If you need to restore an image, boot from the recovery disk, and follow the prompts. It's fairly easy..
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    See this link:

    Macrium v5
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    Posts : 1,339
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 bit


    Another vote here for Macrium Reflect. It has worked very well for me with both Windows 8 and 7.
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    Thanks everyone, after all the recommendations for Macrium Reflect, I have decided to give it a try.
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    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Jcwisgod View Post
    Thanks everyone, after all the recommendations for Macrium Reflect, I have decided to give it a try.
    Please let us know how it went. I have it downloaded but am reluctant to test it. Right now, I'm still snakebit from my 2 1/2 month old HP computer failing to roll back with the recovery disks I made when I first got it.

    With that said, I know I need something more dependable than the Recovery Disks and folks are recommending Macrium . . .
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