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Windows 8.1 system backup


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#1
I want to make Windows backup because when I will have big problems to return Windows with Windows Image Recovery like on Windows 7.
I am wondering does Save copy of your files with File History


backup Windows 8.1 like function System Image Backup?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop

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#2
I...does Save copy of your files with File History backup Windows 8.1 like function System Image Backup?
No, in W 8.1 Microsoft removed Windows Backup and encourage you to use File History instead. But File History doen't have the System Image option. It's still available though, hidden away. See Option Two this tutorial:

System Image - Create in Windows 8

But you should be aware the Microsoft have deprecated System Image Backup and recommend you use solutions from other vendors.

System Image Backup (SIB) Solution - We recommend that users use full-disk backup solutions from other vendors.
Windows 10 features we’re no longer developing - Windows Deployment

The 'other vendor' I use and would recommend is Macrium Reflect Free.

Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect
 

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System One

  • OS
    8.1
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Hyper-V
#3
AOMEI Backupper and EaseUS ToGo are also mentioned often throughout the 'Net.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    2 Acers & 1 Antec[?]
    CPU
    i7 in 2 Acers, i5 in desktop
    Motherboard
    Desktop w/Gigabyte
    Memory
    Two w/16GB, 1 w/8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Laptops GameWorthy; Desktop maybe GameWorthy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    flatscreens; 2 are BluRay worthy
    Screen Resolution
    1368x768; 1600x900
    Hard Drives
    1TB internals; 2 ext usb WD 1TB HDs
    PSU
    what's PSU?
    Cooling
    Regular plus external fans
    Keyboard
    desktio w/PS2
    Mouse
    desktop w/PS2
    Internet Speed
    DSL middle level [160?]
    Browser
    from Netscape 0.9 to FF 36
    Antivirus
    well-balanced, well-configured mult-layered defense is best
    Other Info
    From MS-DOS 3.3, MS-DOS 6.22, from Windows 3.1 to WFW 3.11 to Windows 95-98SE, now to Windows 7 Pro.
    Security for now: Windows 7 Firewall, Emsisoft AM, MSE [scan-only], SpywareBlaster, Ruiware/BillP combine

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#4
I was a loyal user of Microsoft's own built-in system imaging until MS broke it in 32-bit W10 version 1803. It is quirky and temperamental, prone to fail. But I had learned how to avoid it's shortcomings and could use it reliably.

But when MS broke it I started to look for alternatives. I started my testing with Macrium, with the intention of comparing it to the other popular ones. I liked it so much I didn't bother testing the rest :D
 
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System One

  • OS
    8.1
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Hyper-V
#5
I use both MR 4pack and Image for Windows. It has been helpful having two dual System Reserved and C partition full images from two separate backup programs.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    2 Acers & 1 Antec[?]
    CPU
    i7 in 2 Acers, i5 in desktop
    Motherboard
    Desktop w/Gigabyte
    Memory
    Two w/16GB, 1 w/8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Laptops GameWorthy; Desktop maybe GameWorthy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    flatscreens; 2 are BluRay worthy
    Screen Resolution
    1368x768; 1600x900
    Hard Drives
    1TB internals; 2 ext usb WD 1TB HDs
    PSU
    what's PSU?
    Cooling
    Regular plus external fans
    Keyboard
    desktio w/PS2
    Mouse
    desktop w/PS2
    Internet Speed
    DSL middle level [160?]
    Browser
    from Netscape 0.9 to FF 36
    Antivirus
    well-balanced, well-configured mult-layered defense is best
    Other Info
    From MS-DOS 3.3, MS-DOS 6.22, from Windows 3.1 to WFW 3.11 to Windows 95-98SE, now to Windows 7 Pro.
    Security for now: Windows 7 Firewall, Emsisoft AM, MSE [scan-only], SpywareBlaster, Ruiware/BillP combine
#6
Quick case in point: I just recently had to do an OS restore, my first choice failed at approx 35%, my second choice succeeded. While it is rare that a restore fails, if I did not have dual full images, I would have had to reinstall, reconfigure, etc., from scratch.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    2 Acers & 1 Antec[?]
    CPU
    i7 in 2 Acers, i5 in desktop
    Motherboard
    Desktop w/Gigabyte
    Memory
    Two w/16GB, 1 w/8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Laptops GameWorthy; Desktop maybe GameWorthy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    flatscreens; 2 are BluRay worthy
    Screen Resolution
    1368x768; 1600x900
    Hard Drives
    1TB internals; 2 ext usb WD 1TB HDs
    PSU
    what's PSU?
    Cooling
    Regular plus external fans
    Keyboard
    desktio w/PS2
    Mouse
    desktop w/PS2
    Internet Speed
    DSL middle level [160?]
    Browser
    from Netscape 0.9 to FF 36
    Antivirus
    well-balanced, well-configured mult-layered defense is best
    Other Info
    From MS-DOS 3.3, MS-DOS 6.22, from Windows 3.1 to WFW 3.11 to Windows 95-98SE, now to Windows 7 Pro.
    Security for now: Windows 7 Firewall, Emsisoft AM, MSE [scan-only], SpywareBlaster, Ruiware/BillP combine

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