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Chapter 15. Maintaining Your Windows Vis... > Creating a System Image Backup

Creating a System Image Backup

The worst-case scenario for PC problems is a system crash that renders your hard disk or system files unusable. Your only recourse in such a case is to start from scratch with either a reformatted hard disk or a new hard disk. This usually means that you have to reinstall Windows Vista and then reinstall and reconfigure all your applications. In other words, you’re looking at the better part of a day or, more likely, a few days, to recover your system. However, Windows Vista has a feature that takes most of the pain out of recovering your system. It’s called Complete PC Backup, and it’s part of the System Recovery Options that I discuss in Chapter 16, “Troubleshooting and Recovering from Problems.”

The safety net used by Complete PC Backup is actually a complete backup of your Windows Vista installation; this is a system image. It takes a long time to create a system image (at least several hours, depending on how much stuff you have), but it’s worth it for the peace of mind. Here are the steps to follow to create the system image:


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