I have a PC Laptop with Win 8. I have recently updated to Win 8.1. Done all the updates, reinstalled the 3rd party s/w etc. Which all in all took about 3 days. ... So I decided to try and backup a System Image ( which I assume means an image (copy) of the system (OS). Although I think it might also include everything else on the C: drive (?). I have the book "Inside Out - Windows *" published by Microsoft, but this just suggests Windows 7 system image which is not available with Win8.1
As I understand things there are basically three items of data to backup.
1. operating system eg Windows, Linux...
2. 3rd part s/w eg OpenOffice, etc
3. Data. eg Videos, Photos, Music etc.,
No. 3 .. I keep backups on a local portable drive
No 2, . I keep the downloaded installation files on a portable drive. If I need to reuse these files they may be well out of date. However , useful when I'm out of internet access,
No. 1. OS? I really am not sure how to back this up, including for example the many MS Updates which inevitably follow MicroSoft. I am fairly unhappy about the number of times I have had to restore Windows 8, ( and Now Win 8.1). Each restore has required the reinstall of many 3rd party programs. There has to be a better way of 'refreshing' Windows than a complete system reset.
However ... I digress, ..
Question is: How can I back up the system, including MS updates, and preferably 3rd party s/w??
Best wishes ... John