A Windows Complete PC Backup image contains copies of your programs, system settings, and files. It is a complete system backup that you can use to restore the contents of your computer if your hard disk or entire computer ever stops working.

Warning

  • When you restore your computer from a Windows Complete PC Backup image, it is a complete restoration. You can't choose individual items to restore, and all of your current programs, system settings, and files are replaced.

Before starting, make sure that the removable media on which your backup is stored is available, if applicable.

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To restore using a Windows installation disc

Use this method if your computer came with a Windows installation disc.

  1. Insert the installation disc, and then restart your computer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking the arrow next to the Lock button Picture of the Lock button, and then clicking Restart.

    If your computer is not configured to start from a CD or DVD, see Start Windows from a CD or DVD for instructions about how to do this.

  2. Press any key when prompted to do so.

  3. Choose your language settings, and then click Next.

  4. Click Repair your computer.

  5. Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next

    Note

    • If you are restoring a 64-bit system using a 32-bit Complete PC backup or a 32-bit system using a 64-bit Complete PC backup and have more than one operating system installed, you should not select an operating system. If an operating system is selected by default, clear the selection by clicking a blank area of the window, and then click Next.

  6. On the System Recovery Options menu, click Windows Complete PC Restore, and then follow the instructions.

    Note

    • Insert the last CD or DVD of the backup set when prompted to do so.

To restore using preinstalled recovery options

If your computer did not come with a Windows installation disc, use this method.

  1. Restart your computer.

    Click the Start button Picture of Start button, click the arrow next to the Lock button Picture of Lock button, and then click Restart.
  2. Do one of the following:

    • If your computer has only one operating system installed, repeatedly press the F8 key as your computer restarts. You need to press F8 before the Windows logo appears. If the Windows logo appears, you will need to try again.

    • If your computer has more than one operating system installed, use the arrow keys to highlight the operating system you want to start, and then press F8.

  3. On the Advanced Boot Options menu, use the arrow keys to highlight Repair your computer, and then press ENTER.

  4. Select a keyboard layout, and then click Next.

  5. Select a user name and type the password, and then click OK.

  6. On the System Recovery Options menu, click Windows Complete PC Restore, and then follow the instructions.

    Note

    • Insert the last CD or DVD of the backup set when prompted to do so.