The following is a tutorial to get you started utilizing the quite easy and full-featured backup program, Macrium Reflect Free
I have 15 years of positive experience with it at work and home on multiple computers with a wide variety of configurations.


How to install it:
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Create the rescue media:
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Create a full image of your system:
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What happens if you want (or need) to exclude files from your image?
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One caveat that was brought to my attention by one of our experts here at Sysnative @softwaremaniac: Macrium, in some instances, breaks Windows Update in a way that prevents Windows Upgrade from completing successfully by modifying the ImagePath value of the WIMMount key. The fix for this would be to change the Image Path back to the default.