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After I installed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, the first thing I looked for was a way to create s system image backup. That's the best way to recover from a true disaster, like a hard drive crash.
If you search Windows 8 for backup, as I did, you might conclude that this essential feature is gone. But it's not. Oddly, though, the only way to find it is to look for Windows 7 file recovery. That search turns up the familiar sequence of dialog boxes shown here. Follow the prompts to save a system image to an external hard drive or to a network location.