Create a Windows 8.1 Backup Image


A “system image backup” is a backup that can be restored onto a blank hard drive (a.k.a. bare metal). The backup consists of two components

  1. The backup itself, usually on an external hard drive.
  2. A recover disk, usually on a DVD media.

A system image backup is restored by booting from the recovery DVD with the hard drive attached.


  • Attach the external hard drive.
  • Go to Control Panel → File History
  • In the bottom left-hand corner there is a “System Image Backup” link.
  • Start the System Image Backup utility using the link.
  • Choose the attached hard drive. (It will probably be the default choice.)
  • Click “Next” to proceed.
  • Click “Start backup” to confirm, and the backup will begin.
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