If you don't want to reformat and reinstall Windows 10 or 11 in the event of a problem, be aware that it's possible to create a system image very easily through the Windows 10 or 11 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.
On Windows 11, the available partitions will be :
Wait while backing up the partitions.
The backup is complete.
Once the system image is created, Windows 10 or 11 will offer you to create a system repair disc.
If you don't have the Windows 10 or 11 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 or 11 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" or "Repair disc Windows 11 64-bit" (depending on your Windows version).
When you want to restore your Windows 10 or 11 system image, you will have 2 possibilities :
To start the restore from Windows, go to Windows 10 or 11 settings.
Then, on Windows 10, click on : Update and security.
Then, in "Recovery", click on the "Restart now" button.
On Windows 10, the "Preparing Windows" message appears.
On Windows 11, go to : System -> Recovery.
Then, click on the "Restart now" button.
Then, click on : Restart now.
On Windows 11, the message "Please wait" will appear.
On Windows 10 and 11, 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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