A system backup is a backup of the whole operating system including all system files, all installed programs and all
user files. The backup includes an image of all drives that are necessary for the operation of Windows and all
installed programs. Such a system backup can later be used to restore the complete operating system with all files and
Z-DBackup deliberately abstains from using it's own propriatery format for a
system backup and instead builds on the features included in Windows. To restore Windows from a system image you
have to boot your computer from a system repair disc or a Windows installation disc and choose system image
Advantages of a system backup
In case of a severe software problem (e.g. caused by a virus) or if your hard drive fails a system backup allows you to quickly restore your old computer system on a new hard drive. A lot of time can be saved this way compared to installing Windows by hand and having
to reinstall all programs and updates.
Requirements Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista Windows Server 2016, 2012(R2) and 2008(R2)
Creating a system backup
A Windows system backup can be created as easily as a normal backup in Z-DBackup. All drives required to restore
Windows and its installed programs are determined automatically. The backup target can either be a secondary hard
drive (e.g. USB drive), a network drive (NAS), or an RDX drive.
Restoring your computer form a system backup
With a system backup you can recover Windows (including all files and programs) on a (new) hard drive
or restore single files from the system image.
To recover the whole operating system from a system backup, you have to boot your computer from a
system repair disc or a Windows installation disc. Then you select the menu entry system image recovery and follow the
instructions. The exact procedure is differs in different Windows versions. A system repair disc can be created from