How to create and burn a system image Windows 10

The newly installed operating system Windows cannot but please the eye. Pristine clean, without any processes slowing down the computer, unnecessary software and heaps of games. Experts recommend a scheduled reinstallation of the operating system every 6-10 months for preventive purposes and to clean up redundant information. And for a successful reinstallation, you need a high-quality disk image of the system.

Content

  • When do you need a system image Windows 10
  • Burning an image to a disk or flash drive
    • Creating an image using the installer
      • Video: How to Create an ISO Image Windows 10 Using the Media Creation Tool
    • Creating an image using third-party programs
      • Daemon tools
      • Video: how to burn a system image to disk using Daemon tools
      • Alcohol 120%
      • Video: how to burn a system image to disk using Alcohol 120%
      • Nero Express
      • Video: How to Capture a System Image Using Nero Express
      • UltraISO
      • Video: how to write an image to a USB flash drive using the UltraISO program
  • What problems can arise while creating an ISO disc image
    • If the download does not start and freezes at 0%
    • If the download hangs at a percentage, or the image file is not created after downloading
      • Video: how to check your hard drive for errors and fix them

When do you need a system image Windows 10

The main reasons for the urgent need for an OS image are, of course, reinstalling or restoring the system after damage.

The cause of damage can be broken files on the sectors of the hard drive, viruses and / or incorrectly installed updates. It is not uncommon for the system to recover on its own if none of the critical libraries has been damaged. But as soon as damage affects the bootloader files or other important and executable files, the OS may well stop functioning. In such cases, it is simply impossible to do without external media (installation disk or flash drive).

It is recommended to have several permanent media with the image Windows at once. Anything can happen: floppy drives often scratch discs, and flash drives are fragile devices in themselves. In the end, everything falls into disrepair. And the image should be updated periodically to save time downloading updates from servers Microsoft and immediately have the latest drivers for the hardware in your arsenal. This mainly concerns a clean install of the OS, of course.

Burning an image to a disk or flash drive

Let's say you have a disk image Windows 10, assembly or downloaded from the official site Microsoft, but it is not very useful as long as it just lies on the hard drive. It must be written correctly with a standard or third-party program, because the image file itself is of no value to the bootloader's attempt to read it.

It is important to consider the choice of media. Usually, a standard DVD disc with the claimed 4.7 GB of memory or a USB stick with a volume of 8 GB is sufficient, since the weight of the image often exceeds 4 GB.

It is also advisable to clear the flash drive from all contents in advance, or even better – format it. Although almost all recording programs format removable media before writing an image to it.

Creating an image using the installer

Nowadays, special services have been created to obtain images of the operating system. The license is no longer tied to a separate disk, which can become unusable for various reasons, or its box. Everything goes into electronic form, which is much safer than the physical ability to store information. With the release Windows 10, the license has become safer and more mobile. It can be used on multiple computers or phones at once.

You can download the image Windows on different torrent resources or using the Media Creation Tool recommended by the developers Microsoft. This small utility for writing an image Windows to a USB flash drive can be found on the company's official website.

  1. Download the installer.
  2. Run the program, select 'Create installation media for another computer' and click 'Next'. The item 'Create installation media for another computer' in the 'Setup program Windows 10' window

    Choose to create installation media for another computer

  3. Select the system language, edition (choice between Pro and 'Home' versions), and 32 or 64 bits, again 'Next'. Selecting language, architecture and edition in the 'Installer Windows 10'

    Define the parameters of the bootable image

  4. Specify the medium where you want to save the bootable Windows. Either directly to a USB flash drive, creating a bootable USB drive, or as an ISO image to a computer and then using it:
    • when choosing to download to a USB flash drive, immediately after its definition, the download and recording of the image will begin;
    • when choosing to download an image to a computer, you need to determine the folder in which the file will be saved. Selecting the location to save the image Windows 10

      Choose between writing the image to a USB flash drive and saving it to your computer

  5. Wait until the end of the work of your chosen process, after which you can use the downloaded product at your discretion. Loading Windows 10

    After the process is complete, the image or bootable USB drive will be ready for use

The program uses 3 to 7 GB of Internet traffic.

Video: How to Create an ISO Image Windows 10 Using the Media Creation Tool

Creating an image using third-party programs

Oddly enough, but OS users still opt for additional programs for working with disk images. Often, due to a more user-friendly interface or functionality, such applications outperform the standard utilities that are offered Windows.

Daemon Tools

Daemon Tools is a well-deserved leader in the software market. According to statistics, it is used by about 80% of all users who work with disk images. To create a disk image using Daemon Tools, do the following:

  1. Open the program. In the 'Burn discs' tab, click on the 'Burn image to disc' item.
  2. Select the location of the image by clicking on the ellipsis button. Make sure a blank recordable disc is inserted in the drive. However, this will be said by the program itself: in case of a discrepancy, the 'Start' button will be inactive. Burning an installation disc with Daemon Tools

    The 'Burn image to disk' element is used to create an installation disk

  3. Press the 'Start' button and wait for the burn to finish. Upon completion of the recording, it is recommended to view the contents of the disc with any file manager and try to run the executable file to make sure the disc is working properly.

Also, Daemon Tools allows you to create a bootable USB disk:

  1. Open the USB tab and in it the item 'Create bootable USB-disk'.
  2. Select the path to the image file. Be sure to leave the checkbox next to 'Boot Image Windows'. Select a drive (one of the flash drives that are connected to the computer, formatted and suitable for the amount of memory). Do not change other filters and press the 'Start' button. Creating an installation flash drive using Daemon Tools

    In the item 'Create bootable USB-disk' create an installation USB drive

  3. Check the success of the operation upon completion.

Video: how to burn a system image to disk using Daemon Tools

Alcohol 120%

The Alcohol 120% program is an old-timer in the field of creating and burning disk images, but still has minor flaws. For example, it does not write images to a USB flash drive.

  1. Open the program. In the column 'Basic operations' select 'Burn images to discs'. Alternatively, you can simply press the key combination Ctrl + B. Creating a boot disk with Alcohol 120%

    Click on 'Burn images to discs'

  2. Click the Browse button and select the image file to burn. Click on 'Next'. Selecting an image file in the Alcohol 120% Image Recording Wizard

    Select the image file and click 'Next'

  3. Click 'Start' and wait for the process of burning the image to disk. Check the result. Burning an image to disk with Alcohol 120%

    The 'Start' button starts the disc burning process

Video: how to burn a system image to disk using Alcohol 120%

Nero Express

Almost all Nero products are 'sharpened' to work with discs in general. Unfortunately, not much attention is paid to images, however, a simple disc burning from an image is present.

  1. Open Nero Express, hover the mouse over 'Image, compilation, copied' and in the drop-down menu select 'Disk image or saved project'. Burning an Image Using Nero Express

    Click on the item 'Disk image or saved project'

  2. Select the disk image by clicking on the required file and click the 'Open' button. Selecting an image Windows 10 from computer files

    Open the image file Windows 10

  3. Click 'Burn' and wait for the disc to finish burning. Don't forget to check if your bootable DVD is working. Selecting the drive and disc type for burning with Nero Express

    The 'Burn' button starts the process of burning the installation disc

Unfortunately, Nero still does not write images to USB sticks.

Video: How to Capture a System Image Using Nero Express

UltraISO

UltraISO is an old, small, but very powerful tool for working with disk images. It can record both to disks and to flash drives.

  1. Open the UltraISO program.
  2. To write an image to a USB flash drive, at the bottom of the program, select the required disk image file and double-click on it to mount it into the program's virtual drive. Writing an installation image Windows 10 to a USB flash drive using UltraISO

    In the directories at the bottom of the program, select and mount the image

  3. At the top of the program, click on 'Boot' and select the 'Burn hard disk image' item. The item 'Burn hard disk image' in the 'Bootstrap' tab

    The item 'Burn hard disk image' is located in the 'Bootstrapping' tab

  4. Select the correct USB media that fits in size and change the recording method to USB-HDD + if necessary. Press the 'Write' button and confirm the formatting of the flash drive, if the program requests this request. Starting the process of creating an installation USB drive in UltraISO

    The 'Burn' button will start the process of formatting the flash drive with the subsequent creation of the installation flash disk

  5. Wait until the end of the recording and check the USB flash drive for compliance and functionality.

Burning bootable discs with the UltraISO program proceeds in a similar way:

  1. Select the image file.
  2. Click on the 'Tools' tab and the 'Burn image to CD' item or press the F7 key. Item 'Burn image to CD' in the 'Tools' tab

    The 'Burn image to CD' button or the F7 key opens the burn options window

  3. Click on 'Burn' and disc burning will begin. Starting the disc burning process with UltraISO

    The 'Burn' button starts burning the disc

Video: how to write an image to a USB flash drive using the UltraISO program

What problems can arise while creating an ISO disc image

By and large, there should be no problems during image recording. Only cosmetic problems are possible if the carrier itself is of poor quality, spoiled. Or, there may be a power problem while recording, such as a power outage. In this case, the flash drive will have to be formatted over a new one and the recording chain repeated, and the disk will, alas, become unusable: it will have to be replaced with a new one.

As for creating an image through the Media Creation Tool, problems may well arise: the developers did not really care about decoding errors, if any. Therefore, you have to navigate the problem by the 'hitting' method.

If the download does not start and freezes at 0%

If the download does not even start and the process freezes at the very beginning, problems can be both external and internal:

  • servers Microsoft are blocked by antivirus programs or ISP. Perhaps a simple lack of an Internet connection. In this case, check which connections your antivirus and connections to servers are blocking Microsoft;
  • lack of space to save the image, or you downloaded a fake backup software. In this case, the utility must be downloaded from another source, and disk space must be freed. Moreover, it is worth considering that the program first downloads the data, and then creates an image, so the space you need is about twice as much as stated in the image.

If the download hangs at a percentage, or the image file is not created after downloading

When the download hangs during the download of the image, or the image file is not created, the problem (most likely) is related to the operation of your hard disk.

In the case when the program tries to write information to the bad sector of the hard drive, the OS itself can reset the entire installation or boot process. In this case, you need to determine the reason why the sectors of the hard drive have become unusable by the system Windows.

First of all, check the system for viruses with two or three anti-virus programs. Then check and repair the hard drive.

  1. Press the Win + X key combination and select the 'Command Prompt (Admin)' item. The 'Command line (administrator)' item in the menu Windows

    In the menu Windows select the 'Command line (administrator)'

  2. Enter the command chkdsk C: / f / r to check the C drive (changing the letter before the colon changes the checked partition) and press Enter. Accept the post-restart check and restart your computer. It is very important not to interrupt the 'healing' hard drive procedure, otherwise it can lead to even more problems in the hard drive.

Video: how to check your hard drive for errors and fix them

It is very easy to create an installation disc from an image. Every user should have this kind of media on a permanent basis Windows.

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