If you don't want to reformat and reinstall Windows 10 in the event of a problem, be aware that it's possible to create a system image very easily through the Windows 10 control panel.
To do this, open the control panel and go to : System and Security -> Backup and Restore (Windows 7).
As you can see, this is a feature inherited from Windows 7.
In the left column, click : Create a system image.
In the "Create a system image" window that appears, select the external hard drive where you want to store this backup.
In our case, it's an external hard drive : WD Elements.
Warning : the contents of the external hard drive selected here will be fully formatted (erased) to then store your system image.
As you can see, the partitions affected by your installation of Windows 10 will be backed up :
The top 2 partitions are small hidden partitions used by Windows 10 and the "C" partition is where Windows 10 is installed.
Wait while backing up the partitions.
The backup is complete.
Once the system image is created, Windows 10 will offer you to create a system repair disc.
If you don't have the Windows 10 installation DVD, this system repair disc will allow you to boot your computer on it so that you can restore your system image even if Windows 10 doesn't start anymore.
Select your CD/DVD drive from the list, insert a blank CD into it and click : Create disc.
Wait while the disc is created.
The system repair disc has been created.
Since burning is mandatory, Windows tells you that you can name your disc like this : Repair disc Windows 10 64-bit.
When you want to restore your Windows 10 system image, you will have 2 possibilities :
To start the restore from Windows, go to Windows 10 settings.
Then, click on : Update and security.
Then, in "Recovery", click on the "Restart now" button.
The "Preparing Windows" message appears.
Several options appear on a light blue screen.
Click on : Troubleshoot.
Then, on : Advanced options.
Then, click on : See more recovery options.
And finally, on : System Image Recovery.
The "Please wait" message appears.
Choose an account for which you know the password.
Enter its password or simply click on "Continue" if there is none.
If the external hard drive containing the system image is properly connected to your computer, the wizard will detect your system image.
Click on Next.
Otherwise, a warning will be displayed. In this case, all you need to do is plug in your external hard drive and click on the "Retry" button.
Click again on : Next.
Note : the "Format and repartition disks" box is grayed out when you launch the system image restore from Windows. But, anyway, we recommend that you do NOT check it, otherwise you may lose the data present on all hard drives in your computer (including those that don't contain Windows installation).
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