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Using Windows Complete PC Backup and Restore (part 1) - Creating a Complete PC Backup

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Understanding Complete PC Backup and Restore

The Windows Vista Complete PC Backup and Restore feature is designed to simplify the process of recovering an entire operating system. The backup that is created includes the entire operating system, installed programs, user-specific and system-specific settings, and data files. This provides a simplified method of restoring an entire computer.

There are some drawbacks, however. For example, you are unable to specify which files and folders are restored. For that reason, customers should use file-based backups for regularly protecting their data files. They can periodically make Complete PC backups to help recover from a serious system issue.

Creating a Complete PC Backup

You can start the process of creating a Complete PC backup from within the Backup and Restore Center by clicking Back Up Computer. The first step of the process enables you to select the backup destination location. The first set of options includes a list of locally attached hard disk drives (see Figure 1). For this option to be available, the computer must contain at least two separate hard disks. This is required because you cannot store a Complete PC backup on the same disk as the operating system.

Figure 1. Choosing the backup location for a Complete PC backup

The other destination option is to use one or more DVDs. This option is available if the computer has a device that is capable of writing to DVDs. The total space required for the entire backup can be very large, so users should keep in mind that multiple DVDs might be required. The Complete PC backup process attempts to estimate how many disks might be required.

Note: Complete PC backup storage limitations

Unlike standard file-based backups, it is not possible to make a Complete PC backup to some types of removable media devices such as USB memory drives. Storing the backup in a network location is also not supported. The primary reason for this, is that the Complete PC restore process runs within a limited recovery environment that does not include additional network support or device drivers.


When you click Next, you are prompted to confirm the backup settings (see Figure 2). The backup requires you to include the entire Windows Vista system volume in the backup set. An estimate based on the amount of required disk space is also made.

Figure 2. Confirming the backup settings for a Complete PC backup

To begin the backup process, click Start Backup. The Windows Complete PC Backup dialog box shows the progress of the backup (see Figure 3). You can continue to use the computer while the backup is being created, but system performance is decreased due to the additional disk activity. The process typically takes a long time because all of the files, programs, and data on the system hard disk need to be copied.

Figure 3. Viewing the progress of a Complete PC backup operation
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