Windows 10: Backup files or system image before reinstalling OS?

Discus and support Backup files or system image before reinstalling OS? in Windows 10 Ask Insider to solve the problem; Hi guys, So i'm trying to do a clean OS reinstallation (Windows 10) and I would love if my files as well as all my application can be restored easily... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Ask Insider' started by /u/KingRyo13, Sep 24, 2020.

  1. Backup files or system image before reinstalling OS?


    Hi guys,

    So i'm trying to do a clean OS reinstallation (Windows 10) and I would love if my files as well as all my application can be restored easily so I would have exactly the same system as before (but with a clean install of the OS). This means my windows settings, application settings, undervolted CPU and GPU setting etc should be restored as well.

    Is this possible?

    Would you recommend that I do a file backup for my C drive, AS WELL AS a image backup?

    If so, how would I restore my programs after the OS reset, correct me if im wrong but does an image backup ALSO back up the OS? Wouldnt restoring it mean I revert my OS back to before I had performed the reinstall?

    Im new to this and could use some guidance, thank you! Backup files or system image before reinstalling OS? :)

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    /u/KingRyo13, Sep 24, 2020
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  2. Jerry8A Win User

    Reinstall System Image Question

    Reinstall System Image Question –
    When saving a system image in Windows 10, it saves it as “Windows Image Backup.” I then add the date to the listing and save it. Therefore, I have a list of backups that read like “Windows Image Backup 9-4-19.”
    So, this is my question.
    If I need to reinstall my system image, does Windows allow me to choose any of the backups in my list to reinstall?
    Thanks,
    Jerry
     
    Jerry8A, Sep 24, 2020
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  3. [HELP]Image recovery issues

    Guys i am trying to fix my cousins Asus Eee netbook. It has a backup image file that is partitioned on the hard drive but when I go to use it the app will run through a few steps and stop. It is running Vista . Any suggestions?
     
    Rapidfire48, Sep 24, 2020
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  4. Backup files or system image before reinstalling OS?

    Is My Understanding of Windows Bare Metal System / Images Backups vs. File Backups ... and Restores Correct?

    So my understanding of it is like this, there are two types of backups, and they are Image Backups and Data / User File backups...

    • Image Backups (System Backups / System State /Disaster Recovery Backups)
      • The Creation Process
        • Can be created with wbadim system state backup
        • Then if the Data / User File Backups are included in it, they can be removed by mounting the Image Backup, and removing the Data / User Files from it to save on space (see
          this
          )
      • What it Includes / Excludes
        • Excludes the Data / User File Back
        • Includes installed programs and OS system files.
        • On Windows, you'll probably also want to remove any temp files from the image such as:
          • pagefile.sys
          • hiberfil.sys
          • swapfile.sys
      • When?
        • It's best to make this after you have the machine setup the way that you want with the programs already installed on it, and after updates are installed, you'll want to back it up again...this isn't always possible, but it's likely the best time to do this.
    • Data / User File Backups (User File Backups)
      • The Creation Process
        • Usually a full backup is created and then incrementals or differentials after that (and of course use a strategy like GFS)
      • When?
        • Run more frequently than image backups, these backups are scheduled and run when few people are using the system...
      • What it Includes / Excludes
        • Only includes the data /user files, and it does not include any of the system files and program files like the Image Backup.
    Then when you need to do disaster recovery, you restore the Image Backup first, and then when it's been recovered you add back in the
    Data / User File Backups to the system.

    I know that the Data / User File Backups (User File Backups)
    can be removed from the xvhd file back created in the system state backup to decrease it's size by mounting it and deleting said files
    . But I'd like to know if I first restore the
    Image Backups (System Backups / System State /Disaster Recovery Backups), and then restore my Data / User File Backups will I still be able to use the machine as it was when I did the backups?

    Is my understanding of this correct? Is there anything I missed?

    Thank you,

    Andrew J. Leer
     
    Andrew Leer, Sep 24, 2020
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