How to Create an ISO Image of Your Windows System

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Need a quick and easy way to backup and restore Windows without
relying on backup tools or the cloud for your personal data?

Several third-party Windows backup and restore tools are
available, but they can be complicated and time-consuming to use.
So, why not learn how to make an ISO image of your Windows PC
instead?

Why Choose a Windows 10 Image Backup?

We all know that backing up our data is important, especially
when upgrading to a new version of Windows. But rather than fiddle
around with partitions for specific data, or syncing to the cloud,
why not simply back up your entire Windows installation?

You can add personal folders to an image backup, but omit apps
and games. Alternatively, you could opt to create an image of your
entire system drive. Naturally, you would need a suitable volume
of storage for such a backup.

Thanks to the ISO image format, it is possible to back up your
entire PC. This essentially creates an exact copy of your entire
drive or selected directories. You’ll be able to restore the
image backup should disaster strike.

ISO files can also be used to
back up existing CDs and DVDs
.

Creating a Windows 10 ISO System Image With DataNumen

One popular use for disk images is creating a clone of your hard
storage (hard disk drive or solid-state drive), which might be on
its last legs.

DataNumen Disk
Image
(a.k.a. “DDKI”) is one such solution, runs on all
versions of Windows and is available as freeware.

Create a Windows 10 ISO backup

After downloading and installing the utility, use the
Clone tab to select the drive you wish to make an
image of; to clone multiple drives, use the Batch
Clone
tab.

Select the destination location and assign a filename in the
Output image file as box, where you should select
the target disk drive. This is device you’re using to save the
backup to. It might be an existing external drive, or a HDD
you’ve recently purchased.

Click Start Cloning. This copies your disk to
its destination device, ready to use. Our look at HDD
cloning
covers this topic in greater depth.

Creating an ISO Disk Image in Windows 7

Although cloud backups are easy, there’s no reason not to
prepare an ISO disk image for disaster recovery scenarios. You
might make an image of the system in its current state. You might
alternatively create an image of a freshly installed operating
system. Perhaps this will include some apps and games that you have
installed.

If you’re using Windows 7, backing up to an ISO disk image is
part of the
Windows 7 backup and restore feature
.

To create a system image in Windows 7, open Start >
Getting Started > Back up your files
. In the left-hand
pane, click Create a system image, and select the
destination.

Select the destination for your backup ISO

This might be an external hard disk drive or some other large
volume. You can also write to DVDs (you’ll need more than one) or
Blu-ray.

Do you have a home server, or some large storage on your
network, perhaps in the shape of a purchased NAS? If so, you can
use the On a network location option. If you want
to use a USB flash device, connect this to your computer in
advance and select it as the destination.

Also ensure that the System drive (by default the C: drive) is
selected.

The confirmation screen will detail how much space will be taken
up by the backup. Check this to ensure the figure matches the
remaining space on the target device. Proceed with the backup and
wait while it completes. The duration will depend on the size of
the backup and the speed of the drive.

Restoring the Windows 7 Disk Image

Once complete, Windows will suggest you create a system restore
disc. This is a good idea, so find a blank disc and follow the
instructions. You can then use this to boot your PC and select the
System Image Recovery option to restore the ISO
Disk Image of your Windows installation following a disaster
scenario.

Creating an ISO Disk Image in Windows 8.1

The same tool for creating a disk image is available in later
versions of Windows. You ideally need to have upgraded Windows 8 to
Windows 8.1 before proceeding here.

To find the system image creation tool, press
Start and type “file
history
“. The automatic search will display Restore your
files with File History entry first, so click this
to open the File History tool, then System
Image Backup
in the lower left corner.

Find the File History option in Windows 8

You can then proceed as detailed in the Windows 7 section above.
With the ISO backup created, use the steps for Windows 8.1, below,
to restore the image in Windows 10. In a disaster recovery
scenario, you will need to boot into the Windows
10 equivalent of Safe Mode
to restore the image.

Restoring Your Windows 8.1 Disk Image

If a Windows 10 upgrade doesn’t work out for you (perhaps
you’ll experience a reboot loop), having an ISO image to fall
back on is a massive advantage. You can restore the Windows 8.1
disk image in Window’s Advanced options screen,
which you will find by pressing F8 repeatedly when
your PC boots up (or holding SHIFT as you click
Restart).

In Advanced Startup Options, select
Repair your Computer > System Image Recovery
and follow the instructions, ensuring that Windows can find the ISO
file.

Note that even if you have the Windows 8.1 installation media
you can still restore the disk image. At the Install
now
screen, use the Repair your computer
link and then Repair.

From here you’ll be redirected to the Advanced Startup menu,
so select Troubleshoot > Advanced options >
System Image Recovery, following instructions to restore your
Windows ISO system image.

Back Up Your Windows PC With an ISO Image

As you can see, creating an ISO image backup of your entire
Windows system is perfect for backing up in advance of a major
system upgrade. Additionally, the speed with which the ISO can be
created and subsequently restored should make it a far more
attractive option than just backing up your data and hoping for the
best.

Once your ISO is made, you may need to boot your computer with
it following a system failure. Try one of these tools to
make a bootable USB from your ISO file
.

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How to Create an ISO Image of Your Windows System