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Restore laptop with Minitool Shadowmaker

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With the help of MiniTool ShadowMaker, you can make a system image and set to perform backup task regularly. Once your laptop gets something wrong, the system image file can be available to restore the computer to an earlier date quickly and effectively.

If your computer isn't running the way it should, you're getting strange errors or you just want to return it to its default state. When your laptop runs very slowly or your computer encounters some serious problems and fails to boot, you can choose to factory reset laptop.

As for computer factory reset, it will delete all the user data.

In this post, I will tell you how to use a MiniTool software to back up and restore the system.

When the system can't boot, just choose one way to restore it to a normal state, MiniTool had provided a specific guides on factory reset a laptop though.

Restore Laptop to Previous State with System Backup

Factory reset means all the user data and programs since you purchased the laptop will be deleted. And you need to reinstall these applications, which is time-consuming.

Under this circumstance, I advise you to create a system backup on a regular basis and then you can restore your laptop to an earlier date.

The backup and restore software – MiniTool ShadowMaker released by MiniTool Solution Ltd. is very easy-to-use and reliable for system backup, partition backup, disk backup and the corresponding restoration in Windows 10/8/7.

As for an ideal backup solution, the scheduled backup, incremental backup, and differential backup are also supported in this program.

  Back up Windows 10/8/7

Step 1: After opening your laptop and installing MiniTool ShadowMaker, you can enter an interface to choose to manage the local computer or another computer in the same LAN.

Step 2: In Backup page, by default, you know MiniTool can choose the system drives used to boot the laptop to back up. (This program always selects the system partitions in the current OS).

Then, click Destination to choose the storage location for the system image. You had better choose an external hard drive which can be connected to your laptop via USB cable.


Then you can see the selected source partition and the destination partition.


From the Backup interface, you can see Schedule option which enables you to perform backup task regularly. Four modes are here, including DailyWeeklyMonthly and On Event.

Just choose one.


Step 3: Please perform the system backup image operation by hitting Back up Now button. Then you need to wait for a few minutes until the backup operation is completed.

System Restore for Laptop

In the case of system crash, you can use the system backup created before to restore your laptop to earlier settings. How can you do this work with system image? Look at the steps as shown below.

In order to do a system restore, you are required to create MiniTool ShadowMaker Bootable Edition to do a system restore in WinPE. Here the Media Builder feature enables you to create a bootable CD/DVD or USB drive to boot your laptop.

After that, just begin the system restore in Windows 10/8/7.

Step 1: In Restore tab, all backup versions are listed here. Just choose the newest system backup to restore your laptop to the previous date.


Step 2: Select a backup version, and click Next.


Step 3: All partitions in the selected system backup image will be checked by default. From the following screenshot, you know MBR and Track 0 is selected.

Don't uncheck it. If not, after restoration, your system can't boot.


Step 4: Then, you will see all hard drives connected to your laptop via USB cable will be listed. Please choose a target disk to restore the system image to.

Usually, we recommend you to restore the image file to the original system disk.

After clicking Start, a warning will pop up to tell you which partition the image will be restored to and all partition data on the drive will be overwritten.


Step 5: Then the restoration process will be performed. Please wait for a few minutes. Here you can choose Shut down the computer when the operation is completed.


Like that, your laptop can be restored to an earlier time by means of a system backup made in advance. 

About MiniTool ShadowMaker

MiniTool ShadowMaker Free is an all-in-one system backup and data protection solution that can be used to back up system/disk/files/folders, to customize backup schedule, to manage disk space taken up by backup files, to create WinPE bootable media, to clone hard drive, and so on.

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