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Windows 7

Windows Image Backup

Insert your portable USB drive into a free USB port. If you have USB 3 port (marked SS Super-Speed and blue inside) use this in preference to a USB 2 port to get a much faster backup.

Windows 10

Click Start button (Bottom LH corner) and select Settings Cog just above Power icon. In Settings select “Update Security” > “Backup” > “Go to backup and Restore (Windows 7) “. This will bring up the “Backup or restore” window below.

Windows 7

Click the Windows 7 Start button (bottom left corner) and type “backup” in the search text box. Select “Backup & Restore” from the results list to bring up the “Back up or restore” window below.

Backup and Restore Window

Backup & Restore

Under Control Panel Home click on “Create a system image” to bring up the next window

Backup & Restore Destination

It can take a while for it to discover your drive. Once discovered it will display it under “On a hard disk”. Click this radio button as the hard disk where you want to save the backup. Click next to go to the confirmation window below.

Backup & Restore Confirmwindows-image-backup/windows-image-backup/

Click “Start backup” button to execute the image backup. Backup can take anything from 15mins to 1-2 hours or more depending on the amount of data. The backup image includes all the drive partitions and can, if necessary, be used to recover to a new drive and get you up and running to the point where you backed up. Vista, Windows 7 and 10 support recovery from a Windows system image file set. Also the image can be mounted as a drive to extract individual files.

Once complete close Backup & Restore.

If you see the Safely Remove Hardware icon Safely Remove Hardwrae Icon in the notification area, at the far right of the Taskbar, you can use this as an indication that your devices have finished all operations in progress and are ready to be removed. If you don’t see the Safely Remove Hardware icon, click the Show hidden icons button to display all icons in the notification area.

Eject Drive

To safely remove a certain device, click the Safely Remove Hardware icon Safely Remove Hardwrae Icon , and then, in the list of devices, click the drive to remove. Windows will then display a notification telling you it’s safe to remove the device. If this fails the drive could still be in use, e.g. still backing up. If this is the case you just have to wait until the backup is finished or drive is no longer in use. If backup is finished and it still fails to release the drive (Windows legacy bug still not resolved in W10!). In this case the safest way to disconnect the drive is to shutdown the computer and then remove it. You could just remove the drive (in most cases this is OK)  but it is worth going the extra mile to ensure you have a valid image backup.


Windows “Checking for updates” never ends

Checking For Updates

After installing a new copy of Windows 7 SP1 the first Windows Update can take several hours “Checking for Updates…” and appears to be hung. However, don’t give up. It is processing over 200 updates! The time it takes to complete depends on the speed of your Internet connection and computer. Times can be up to 1 hr.

To avoid the frustration of waiting try to run this first update overnight. Ensure you have set Disk Sleep to “Never” within Control Panel | Power Options to avoid it sleeping mid-way through.

If while “Checking for updates” and continual waiting you have high CPU utilsation (50-60%+) then download and install the appropriate Microsoft update for your version of Windows 7:



You may have to reboot first to cancel the current “Checking for updates”

Hopefully this should resolve the issue.

The only other reason checking for updates might not finish is that you have a dodgy copy of Windows 7 (I had this myself and promptly binned it) which is blocking Windows Updates. In this case download a new installation ISO from the unofficial German mirror site . They have done a great work collecting the Digital River ISOs. You can download these as torrent files so you will need µTorrent (Windows) or KTorrent (Kubuntu) or similar to download them. They have most of the English versions and a few in other languages.

As an aside If you are using Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) as your AV ensure you always keep your Windows Updates fully up to date. In a test carried out by Dennis Technology in 2015 they found MSE blocked 99% of Malware thrown at it compared to 66% without updates. That’s a 33% improvement! At the time it ranked equal along side Norton and ESET and better than Avast (94%). If you are paranoid  pay for Kasperkys Internet Security which scored 100%.

If none of the above fixes the problem go to This page has a most extensive procedure for fixing Windows Update issues.

Also try Microsoft’s Update reset tool

Automatically reset Windows Update components

Failing all this try stopping update service and Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) from Admin Command window.

net stop wuauserv

net stop bits

Then permanently delete contents of the C:\windows\SoftwareDistribution folder

Then start services again

net start wuauserv

net start bits

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