How to create a system backup of Windows 10

In this tutorial I am going to show you how to make a system backup of your windows 10 system.  A system backup is a complete backup of you Windows 10 system, by system I mean the operating system, settings, and files.

For this tutorial I am going to use a 1Tb Western Digital external drive and to undertake the backup process we will use the Windows System Image Tool.

Preparing for the System Backup

To start off with…

Plug in your external hard drive

Open Settings

Click on Update & Security

Click on Backup. You will now see the following screen.

Under the section called “Looking for an older backup?” click on the Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7). You will now see the following screen.

To the left-hand side of the window, you will see an option called Create a system image. Go ahead and click on this option and you will see the following screen.

If you have followed the instructions so far you will see that under the heading “Where do you want to save the backup?”, the radio button next to on a hard disk is checked, and the details of your hard drive are visible. In this instance the My Passport (E:) 925.44 GB free.

Click on the Next button and you will see the following screen.

This PC only has one drive, however if you had multiple drives, you would be able to choose which additional drives you would want to include in the system image.

Now click on the Start backup button and the system backup will start.

*Optional* during the system backup process you will be asked if you would like to create a system repair disk.

For the purposes of this guide just click No as we will assume in this tutorial that you have already created a recovery USB (We don’t use CD’s anymore, they are so 90’s).

Create a system backup to a network location

If you want to save your system backups to a network share then on the “Where do you want to save the backup?” window, check the on a network location radio button. You will see the following screen.

and click on the OK button. You may see the following warning.

You can ignore this as it is a personal system backup, so just click Next and you will see the following screen.

If you had multiple drives in your system or a USB device storage connected (as illustrated above) then you could check the box next to it and include it in the system backup. In this instance I am going to leave it unchecked.

Now click on the Next button and you will now see a summary of the network backup settings.

If you are happy with everything then click on Start backup and the system backup process will begin.

Like the previous system backup, you will be offered the choice to create a system recovery disk/USB.

Again, just click on No.

In the next tutorial we will look at how to restore your system using the system backup.