How to make a copy of Windows 7?
Backup is a must-have for those who want to keep their data safe. How to restore the operating system from a backup, we told in the article How to restore a backup, and now let's talk about how to actually make a copy of Windows 7.
Copy using Windows 7
The easiest way to backup Windows 7 is to use disk imaging tools built into the operating system. The image maintains a complete copy of the OS at the time of its creation, including all settings and programs, as well as the user's personal files.
To create an image of the system, open the Control Panel through the “Start” menu and select the item “System and its maintenance” in it, and there the item “Backup and Restore”. In the window that opens, click the link "Creating a system image." Choose where to store the image - on your hard disk, DVD or in a network folder on another computer. It is best to keep backups on external media or on the network, so that you can recover data even if your hard disk fails.
In the next step, choose which sections you want to save by checking them with checkboxes, and click Next. On the last page, click the "Archive" button. The archiving process begins, which can take quite a lot of time. If this is the first time you are creating an image, you will also be prompted to create a recovery disk, which you can use to troubleshoot if the system does not boot. If you wish, you may not do this, especially if you have the Windows 7 installation disc at hand.
You can create a system image regularly according to a schedule. To do this, in the already familiar “Backup and Restore” window, click the “Configure Backup” button. On the following pages, choose where the image will be stored and what should be included in it. At the final stage, click the “Change Schedule” link and specify how often and at what time you should automatically create an image of the system. After setting up, click the button “Save parameters and start archiving”.
How to make a copy: third-party programs
There are also third-party programs for creating backup copies of Windows 7. These are, for example, Acronis True Image or Paragon Home Expert paid applications.There are also free backup utilities - EaseUS Todo Backup Free, COMODO Backup, Macrium Reflect and many others. However, it should be borne in mind that most of them use their own archive formats, which can only be opened using this particular program. On the other hand, you can restore the system from a backup created by the built-in tools of Windows 7 using the tools built into the system, which is much more convenient.