Windows 8 System Image Tool, Where did it go?

Quick one….

Here is how you can do a full disk image of a Windows 8 system.

If you are like me and just finished setting up your shinny new Windows 8 system, you installed all of your non-metro apps, you activated all of your professional software and now thought, “damn good time to take a image” then had a hard time figuring out where it went…. you are not alone.

In what looks like a ridiculous and frustrating war between Microsoft and Windows Desktop the backup tool is now called “Windows 7 File Recovery”. They also took out direct links to “create a system image” as well.

Yes you are not losing your mind, its not Windows 7, nor is it only file recovery, it’s the only place to get to total system imaging.

Simply Search Metro for “Windows 7 File Recovery” and click the Settings area on the right and you will find it.



Once in the “Windows 7 File Recovery Tool” go to the top left “Create a system image”



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My name is Eric Weintraub. I am an IT Professional with over 12 years of real world experience. I currently work as a Senior IT Manager for a large software company that develops products for Information Technology workers. Professionally, I love what I do and it shows in my work. Personally, I enjoy technology as a whole. Enterprise Technology, Social Media, and Mobile technologies are all things I follow. I also love to play golf, go snowboarding, cook, love to eat, and read. Also big on photography, check out my recent photography at and also Flickr: As much as I don’t have a lot of free time, I always come across things that I believe could help others. I just wanted to be able to share what I find with others. Thanks for reading the blog, please setup a RSS feed and keep in touch! Eric Weintraub

7 responses to “Windows 8 System Image Tool, Where did it go?”

  1. ThanksEric says :

    Thanks a lot. This is the only correct answer I can find through the web. A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

  2. Amit Bravo says :

    thank you Eric, let me know if this will work if I need to change my disk from HDD to SSD later , can this backup copy win8 from older to new

  3. Amit Bravo says :

    Eric, I upgraded win8 from win7. I deleted window.old files using diskclean tool . now I make system image using your this tutorial. hope this will work when next month i am going to replace my HDD with SSD

  4. Terry says :

    Why can’t I use Norton Ghost 11.5 DOS boot CD to Backup Windows 8, I keep getting an error message saying: Disk cache has not been flushed

  5. Samuel Gomez Recuero says :

    I believe this only works when doing and upgrade from Windows 7. I did a clean install and this is not showing for me.

    • Eric says :

      Samuel, I never do upgrades and have always seen this option. This was Microsoft Marketing just calling it Windows 7 for some unknown reason not thinking of the search ramifications.

  6. Samuel Gomez Recuero says :

    I wish I had read the screens more carefully when accessing the new Control panel. As my previous post here, I did a clean install of Windows 8, I went from Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 8 pro with MC. Typing the search did nothing. I went to the control panel and looked into File History and at first glance nothing. But look and behold that on a kind of fine print at the bottom on the left corner it said see also: Windows 7 File Recovery.

    That is the only way I could find how to access this little gem.

    Hope this information is of use to someone.


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