Recently I bought a Windows 8.1 tablet. Knowing my habit of installing all sorts of 'cool' software only too well, I wanted to create a system image of the pristine Windows 8.1 installation before I did anything to the tablet. If you don't already know a system image helps you reinstall (re-image actually) the operating system and make it just as it originally was if critical files are deleted or Windows fails to start for any reason.
Since I am more familiar with Windows 7 I decided to read up the process before trying it. To my surprise I found almost all forums contains lots of complaints from users that this process doesn't work - not even one bit.
Believing bad things happen only to others, I was sure everything would work when I tried the same steps on my own tablet. After about 3 hours of trials, failures, reading blogs and forums I gave up. Again late evening I decided to give it one more go and yes this time it worked fine. Even better news I tried the same steps on a different tablet the ASUS VIVOTAB 8, and it worked too. So here are the steps which I hope work for you.
- The easiest way is to have a large capacity SD card in your tablet - 16 GB will do fine. 8 GB and below - maybe not.
- After installing the SD card, format it as an NTFS. Do not take this step lightly, I could never complete a successful system-image creation using the default FAT32 format which SD cards come with.
- Next search for Service and select the search item 'View Local Services'. Ensure 'Volume Shadow Copy' service is not disabled, the status should be 'Manual' or 'Running'.
Next search for Control Panel and within it select 'File History'. If File History is OFF, you need to turn is ON.
On the same screen, click the 'System Image Backup' link on the lower left corner. This will bring up the next dialog-box:
The SD card should be the selected device. Click 'Next'. You may be prompted with a few message-boxes, always click 'OK'. On occasion you will also be shown an error message about 'Class Not Found', dismiss these too with the 'OK' button. You should have a system image ready in the destination drive in about 15 minutes.