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How to make a complete copy of Windows 10 with all the contents of the computer

23 mayo, 2021

Windows 10 offers many facilities to create backups. On the one hand it maintains the tools that were implemented in Windows 8, while on the other it recovers the backup creation function of Windows 7. This provides the user with a wide range of options to create backup copies.

On the one hand you can create backups of individual files and restore infinite previous versions of these files, on the other you can save backup copies of specific folders with all their content and finally you can create one full operating system backup, which is what we are going to focus on in this article.

Previously we had already talked about how to create automatic backups using the Windows 10 file history, but what in this article we are going to propose is that you can restore your system as it was in the event of a serious failure.

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Some things to keep in mind

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When preparing a backup of the entire operating system, we have to avoid several things: junk files and malware, so we have to follow a series of previous steps before doing it.

  • First of all, we would have to carry out a complete cleaning with a program like CCleaner or System Ninja to eliminate any traces of useless information.
  • Continuing with the theme of “lightening” the backup, we uninstalled all the programs that we no longer use.
  • We finished with a health check of the equipment by running an antivirus, which we then completed with an antimalware such as RogueKiller, which we already talked about in our article on infections with bitcoin miners.

Once these three points are completed, we can prepare the restore copy operating system.

Creating the backup

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The method that we are going to use to create the backup has an important difference Regarding automatic backups: all files and folders will be stored here, not just the ones we specify, such as documents and libraries.

Another cool feature is that can be saved locally on the hard drive. It is not necessary to insert an external drive, as long as we have the necessary capacity to do so. Having said all this, we can now create an image of the system that will serve as a backup.

First we open the Control Panel by right-clicking on the Start menu:

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There, in the “Backup and restoration” section, we will see in the left part of the window the option “Create system image“:

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Then a image creation wizard. In the first window we will have to select the hard disk where it will be saved, and in the second we will be informed of which partitions will be copied, as well as the size that this copy can occupy:

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From now on, we will already have the backup created. When something fails we can use it to restore it whenever necessary, which we can do from a Windows 10 installation medium or from the operating system itself.

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