If your computer is still running an old Windows 7 or Windows 8 system, and you are planning to upgrade to the latest Windows 10, you should make some backup before upgrading. This includes backups of your personal files as well as the Windows system itself. In case the upgrade goes wrong, or the computer doesn’t perform well after the upgrade, then you can return to the original state through the backup, without having to reinstall Windows.
Backing up personal files is easy. You can simply copy them to your removable or network drive. Of course, using Windows 7’s Backup and Restore tool or Windows 8’s File History tool will make backup easier. However, how to backup Windows before upgrading to Windows 10? Now, in this article, we will address this problem.
Step 1: Open Control Panel, and then click Back up your computer.
Step 2: Click Create a system image on the left pane.
Step 3: Insert an external drive to your PC as a backup drive. Select the radio button of "On a hard disk”, select the connected external drive from the drop-down list, and then click Next.
Step 4: Select which drives you want to back up. The drive (C:) that contains your Windows operating system is included by default. You can select other data drives if you want. Then click Next.
Step 5: Confirm your backup settings and then click Start backup. Windows will begin creating a system image.
Step 6: Wait for the backup process to complete. This will take several minutes.
Step 7: When the system image is created successfully, Windows will ask if you want to create a system repair disc at this time, which can be used to boot a failed computer. Just click Yes to create one if you have a CD or DVD flash drive.
If something goes wrong in the process of upgrading to Windows 10 and your computer won’t boot, you can boot your computer from the system repair disc, and then restore your original Windows from the system image backup.
For detailed steps plesae see How to Create and Restore System Image on Windows 10.
Another option to backup your Windows 7/8 before upgrading to Windows 10 is to employ a third-party backup program. Here we recommend using iSumsoft Cloner. It is designed with simple enough interface, enabling you to make a full backup of your Windows system within just a few clicks.
Step 1: Connect the external drive where you want to save your Windows backup to your computer.
Step 2: Download and install iSumsoft Cloner on your computer. After installation, start the software.
Step 3: Select the Backup option on the top. Select the drive containing your current Windows operating system as the source disk, and click Choose to select the connected external drive as the destination disk to save the backup. Then click Start.
Step 4: The software will start backing up the Windows system to the externally connected drive. Wait for the backup to complete.
After making a backup of your Windows, you can safely upgrade your computer to Windows 10. In case the upgrade process goes wrong or the upgrade result is not so good, you can recover your Windows through the backup.