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#1 The_Observer

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 22:24

Windows 7 had the option to create a system image, loved this cause i could backup a new install machine and apply it back when needed. I cant find this option with Windows 8, does it exist or has MS decided to remove it.


#2 farmeunit

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 22:27

System Image for what? They have a restore option where it won't mess with files, and a restore option to go back to factory default. Or do you want to update your image from time to time and restore that?

#3 KibosJ

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 22:34

It's hidden and stupidly named!!

Go to Control Panel and change Category View to Large Icons then look for "Windows 7 File Recovery".

This option shows all the old backup options, including creating a system image :)

A little bit of an oversight on Microsoft's part I think.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 22:38

Microsoft intentionally deprecated it and hid it away in Windows 8 because they found that the majority of the mouthbreathing, knuckle-dragging idiots with PCs never used it, therefore it should be removed.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 22:38

Microsoft intentionally deprecated it and hid it away in Windows 8 because they found that the majority of the mouthbreathing, knuckle-dragging idiots with PCs never used it, therefore it should be removed.


So why not just remove it? Rather than leaving it there, hiding it and naming it stupidly?

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 22:42

So why not just remove it? Rather than leaving it there, hiding it and naming it stupidly?


That's how deprecation works. First you stop updating a feature, then you make it crappier in a later release, and then finally you remove it altogether.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 22:44

That's how deprecation works. First you stop updating a feature, then you make it crappier in a later release, and then finally you remove it altogether.


Well I hope they eventually replace it with something more like Time Machine.

Proper backups every hour that I can selectively restore.

I hate how Windows doesn't have a proper Backup solution. "File History" works for the most part, but it's just not the same :(

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 22:46

I just did this last night, right before I removed 8 from the new laptop my sons gf just got..

Its not all that difficult to find, if you use the OS as designed. Charm Bar, Seach "recovery" there you go... Simple google would find you that info in like 2 seconds

Here is good guide
http://winsupersite....ry-media-144098

#9 OP The_Observer

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 23:17

I just did this last night, right before I removed 8 from the new laptop my sons gf just got..

Its not all that difficult to find, if you use the OS as designed. Charm Bar, Seach "recovery" there you go... Simple google would find you that info in like 2 seconds

Here is good guide
http://winsupersite....ry-media-144098


Thanks people. Dont know why Microsoft changed this. Going to Control Panel / System and Security / Backup and Restore / Create a System Image was fine. Why change something if it not broken!

Im upgrading my SSD in my laptop and not keen on a fresh install!

#10 +warwagon

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:23

System Image for what?


Oh I don't know .....a HARD DRIVE FAILURE!

#11 Kamran Mackey

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:35

Yes. You should always create a system image just in case. Better safe than sorry, right?!

Windows 7 had the option to create a system image, loved this cause i could backup a new install machine and apply it back when needed. I cant find this option with Windows 8, does it exist or has MS decided to remove it.


And THE_OBSERVER, you just have to go into Windows 7 File Recovery. Then you will find the option to create a system image again on the left hand side.