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Creating a Backup Image
System Restore —This tool provides another way to restore to a previous
Restore Point. If a tweak caused serious Windows problems, you can revert
to an earlier Restore Point even if Windows will not load.
System Image Recovery —Here you can apply a backup image to your
computer to restore everything, including personal documents and files,
from a system image. I show you how to create a system image in the
next section.
Automatic Repair —Windows attempts to find problems that prevent
Windows 8 from loading. Similar to Startup Repair in previous versions
of Windows.
Command Prompt —This is the ultimate tool in any power user’s toolbox.
As you can see, the System Recovery Console offers a wide array of valuable
tools that can help you ix Windows in the event it doesn’t start up. Next, I show
you how to create a full system backup image.
Creating a Backup Image
Every computer user should create regular backup copies of the important data
on their computer. Power users, including you, should create backup images
of your computer so you can easily restore your entire computer to a perfect
state from an image. Creating an image of your computer enables you to restore
all your programs, personal data, and Windows settings without reinstalling
Windows manually, reinstalling every application, and then copying your
personal data back over.
When something bad happens, such as a hard drive failure or Windows being
broken beyond repair, it is better to restore your computer from an image. That
is why I suggest you follow the next section to create a backup image of your
computer at least once a year.
Creating the Image
Windows 8 includes tools that will help create an image of your entire hard drive
and save it to a network share or on another hard drive. I have a Windows Home
Server in my home so I save backup images to that. If you don’t have a network
server available, you can always use an external USB hard drive to store your
backup. To get started, you will need an administrative-level command prompt:
1. Open the Start screen and type command prompt .
2. Right-click the Command Prompt icon and then select Run As Administrator,
as shown in Figure 4-3.
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