How to restore windows 10 from system image backup?

Regular system backups are one of the best practices one can follow for safe and smart computing. We have learnt how to backup Windows 10 previously. If you have followed our article on backup you must be having a Windows 10 system backup image file available on your external hard disk.

How to restore windows 10 from system image backup?

It is adviced that system backup image files are created at regular intervals so that the most recent stable state of your system is available with you.

Backup and restore Windows 10

To be able to complete this process of system restore in Windows 10 there are some pre-requisites that one should have before starting the process. Here they are -

  • Windows 10 backup image file - We have already learnt to process to create Windows 10 backup image file.
  • External disk on which this back-up image file was created and is stored.
  • Windows 10 Recovery drive.

How to system restore windows 10 through backup image file?

In case our computers hard disk has crashed we can restore the Windows 10 system by running the system image recovery tool from the Windows 10 recovery drive. Below are the exact steps one should follow to complete the process -

Step 1 :

Boot your system from the recovery drive.

Step 2 :

Connect the external hard disk containing the backup image file to the computer system.

Step 3 :

On the "Choose An Option" screen - choose the "Troubleshoot" option.


Step 4 :

On the "Troubleshoot" screen - click on the "Advanced options" tile

Step 5 :

On the "Advanced Options" screen - select the "System Image Recovery" option.

Step 6 :

On the next screen you'll be asked to choose the operating system that you want to recover. Select the "Windows 10" option.

Step 7 :

A "Re-image Your Computer" wizard will appear and it will be show the exteral hard disk containing the system image file. Click on "Next" to continue.

Step 8 :

A screen will now open up asking you about your hard disk preferences - If you are restoring to the same hard disk do not select "Format and Repartition disk" checkbox. If you are using a new hard disk you can select this option and exclude disks in case of multiple hard disks. Click "Next" to continue.

Step 9 :

Click "Finish" on the confirmation screen that appears.

Step 10 :

Click "Yes" on the next confirmation pop up.

Step 11 :

Restart your computer once the restore operation is finished.

Note# The restoration process might take hours depending on the size of your system data.

Conclusion :

A lot of users ignore this whole process of backup and restore taking for granted that nothing wrong will happen to their system. This the most dangerous presumption on ecan have. One never knows when a system failure occurs and we lose all our important data and information. Hence it is adviced that the users make backup process a part of their weekly schedule and learn the whole process of restoration properly. BTW have you tried Virtual desktops in Windows 10 - another cool feature of windows 10 to keep your work organised.