How to Create A System Image Backup in Windows 10?

Posted by @AOMEI

October 17, 2018

After the fresh Windows 10 installation on a computer, you are highly recommended to create a Windows 10 system image backup in case the operating system fails to boot. Learn how to backup system easily here.

The Importance of Creating A System Image Backup of Windows 10

We all know that the operating system of Windows 10 computer is exposed to all kinds of dangers that may lead to data loss and system failure, such as natural disasters, virus attacks, human errors, and sudden crashes. What’s more, since Windows 10 is newly released, we have no adequate experience for the operation. If something goes wrong, Windows 10 will be damaged, and the reinstallation of system and necessary applications will take a lot of time. To avoid the bad consequence brought by these factors, creating a Windows 10 system image backup after successful upgrade or fresh installation becomes a necessity.

Create System Image Backup in Windows 10 File History

Microsoft has considered the possibility that we Windows 10 users need to backup the system for data protection, so the solution for system backup called "File History" which exists in Windows 8/8.1 is reserved. You can right click on Start to open Control Panel and then navigate to System and Security>File History as shown below. From the File History window, click the link System Image Backup at the lower-left corner.

System Image Backup

It can not be denied that File History has provided us a solution to create a system image backup in Windows 10. However, the disadvantages can not be ignored, either. Through this way, system image will occupy a large amount of free space and File History needs a longer time to accomplish the system backup. So is there a better solution?

AOMEI Backupper Can Make It Much Easier

As an old saying goes, "things will eventually sort themselves out". To address this problem, the market offers more effective solutions – third-party backup software. And, among the kinds of software, AOMEI Backupper is one of the most outstanding programs.

AOMEI Backupper Professional is a popular Windows Backup Software for PCs, Laptops, and Workstations. It is mainly used to resolve all kinds of requirements closely related to backup and restoration, such as file/system/partition/disk backup and restoration, system/disk/partition clone, etc. What’s more, this software has a rather clean interface that makes itself straightforward to be understood by PC users. It is worth mentioning that AOMEI Backupper can be applied to all Windows PC Operating Systems, including the lately issued Windows 10. Below is the main interface:

System Backup

Observing from the picture, we can know that AOMEI Backupper has a rather clean and clear interface that is very easy to be understood. To create a system image backup of Windows 10, choose System Backup in the System tab. Then we will see the following content:

Destination Path

In this part, we only need to click Step 2 to select a location as the destination path, since Backupper has selected the source partition for us.  It is recommended to save backup to an offsite location. You can backup Windows 10 to external hard drive or NAS network location.

Also, we can edit the task name in the upper blank for a better distinguish. Finally, click Start Backup and wait for the success. AOMEI Backupper can finish this task in a rather short time.


To save disk space, we can customize the compression level under the Settings at the top right corner. But remember, the higher the level, the longer the time.

Since we will store extra data from time to time, it’s better for us to set a schedule backup plan under the Schedule Off button so as to minimize the risk of data loss. Scheduled Backup supports full, incremental and differential backup. 


As Windows 10 is drawing more and more attention, protecting Windows 10 is also attracting increasing attention. By reading this article, we have learned two ways on "how to create a system image backup in Windows 10". By comparison, we know that AOMEI Backupper has a better performance both in usability and efficiency. So why not move our finger and FREE Download this powerful backup software for 30-days free trial to better protect our Windows 10?