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In Windows 7 you could create a system image that you restore later on in the Backup and Restore options:

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However Backup and Restore options have changed in Windows 8. They look like this now:

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Is it still possible to create a system image so that I can restore it later on or has this feature been removed?

  • Also might want to take a look at this. – Karan Oct 28 '12 at 3:30
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Windows Backup has been renamed to Windows 7 File Recovery.

Click Control Panel, Windows 7 File Recovery, Create System Image.

Windows 7 File Recovery

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    ... Thats a rather silly thing to call it... – Journeyman Geek Oct 28 '12 at 2:23
  • @JourneymanGeek: Yes; I have no idea why they did that. – SLaks Oct 28 '12 at 2:26
  • Another interesting way to make a backup image to be used with "Refresh"...extremetech.com/computing/… – Moab Oct 28 '12 at 4:07
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    I've made images with the Win7 File Recovery's tool. But the boot CD never EVER finds them on the USB drive. Maddening. – Chris_K Nov 18 '12 at 17:05
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    The name was to explicitly indicate that this was a deprecated feature, and it's been removed from Win8.1 (doesn't seem to be available in the Preview at least). – Karan Jul 10 '13 at 2:39
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In Windows 8.1 the Windows 7 File Recovery Feature is removed, but you can use the System Image Backup instead.

Follow the Link for further informations: http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/windows-81-tip-use-system-image-backup

HowToGeek.com listed some features which are removed in Windows 8.1 http://www.howtogeek.com/167610/8-features-microsoft-removed-in-windows-8.1/

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    Instead of just providing links, incorporate some of the information @ the links in the answer here. Links don't always last forever. – Enigma Mar 3 '16 at 21:23

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