How to Restore a Windows Backup: Full Restore

If you have previously backup your PC before it crashes, you are in luck because you don’t have to worry much about losing your data and system settings.

In this guide, we will walk you through the process of restoring a full Windows backup.

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Perform a Full Windows Restore

Before you can restore your backup, you first need to make sure that the backup file is located in the Windows file explorer. Therefore, you need to boot your computer into another OS and apply the following settings before continuing to restore your computer.

You can do this by inserting a bootable disc and booting your computer into Windows 10 or insert your backup disk into another computer.

If you are through this step, you can skip to booting your computer to BIOS.

Next, insert the disk or hard drive that you have the backup on, into your computer. Then right-click on “This PC” and choose “Manage”.

Next, go to “Disk Management”. Here, you can see all the Hard drives and partitions on your computer.

Next, go to “Action”, and click on “Attach VHD”.

From here, you can browse to the folder where you store your backup. You should locate your backup file in the folder and open it. You may notice more than one partition of the backup file.

The largest one is typically the representation of your (C:) drive. Select it to open it, and click on the “Ok” button.

You will notice your recently mounted drive in blue, to locate it in the file explorer, you will need to give it a drive letter. Right-click it and select “Change drive letter and path”.

Here, you can select a drive letter (Note: the drive letter must not conflict with other drives letter on your PC, else it won’t show in the Windows file explorer). Once you assign a drive letter to your mounted drive, you can locate it from the file explorer.

Now, reboot your computer to BIOS, click the restart button, or power on the affected computer, and continuously press the “Delete” button to boot into BIOS.

From the BIOS, move over to “Boot Configuration”.

Next is to enable you drive by going to “Boot Option #3” and selecting your drive.

Next, locate your drive from the “Boot Override” menu to boot into it.

This result in a fresh installation of Windows on your computer. Click “Next” to continue.

But instead of performing a fresh installation, you should click on “Repair your Computer”.

Then go to “Troubleshoot” from the “Choose an Option” menu.

Next, click on “System Image Recovery”.

Next, select a target operating system (Windows 10 or 11) and a list of backup files will be displayed.

Confirm that the preselected is your backup folder, and Select “Next”. You will be prompted to install drivers, you may skip this by clicking “Next”. Then click “Finish” to complete the Windows restoration or recovery process.

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I hope you find this guide helpful, kindly leave a comment if you have any questions.

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