Basic Windows 7 Backup & Restore Feature

Backup and Restore  in Windows 7 creates safety copies of your most important personal files, so you’re always prepared for the worst.

Let Windows choose what to back up, or pick individual folders,llibraries, and drives yourself. Windows can back up files on whatever schedule you choose—just set it and forget it.

You can back up to another drive or a DVD. And if you’re using the Professional or Ultimate editions of Windows 7, you’ll also have the option of backing up your files to a network.

 

How Can I Set It Up?

 

Setting up a backup with the Windows 7 Backup and Restore feature is straightforward process, taking only a few easy steps.

To launch Windows 7 Backup and Restore :

  • Go to > Start and type > Backup into the search field.
  • From the results select > Backup and Restore and hit > Enter

In the Backup and Restore window, click > Set up backup in the top right.

Once the Set up backup window loads, you will see a list of backup destinations.

Once the desired backup destination appears in the list, select it and click on >Next in the bottom right.

On the next screen, you can choose what to back up and you can either decide to > Let Windows choose or > Let me choose, i.e. choose yourself.

If you have private data saved outside your user profile, then you should go with the second option and set up a custom backup, which is what I will guide you through now. Note that you can always change your choices later on, by changing the backup settings.

After clicking > Next in the previous window, you can check the drives  partitions, and folders you want to back up. Note that Backup and Restore does not back up Program Files or system files, even if you include the system drive in your backup. However, you can > Include a system image in your backup, provided there is enough space available on your backup destination

Just to mention it, if you selected the first backup option, i.e. > Let Windows choose, you will be taken straight to the above screen where you can review your backup settings and manage the backup schedule. Creating a system image will not be an option.

  • Click on > Change schedule to create a custom time for your backup.
  • Click > OK to confirm the schedule, then click > Save settings and run backup in the > Review your backup settings window. This will take you back to the initial >Backup and Restore Control Panel window. The backup you just confirmed will start immediately, but you can stop it by clicking on > View Details. and then > Stop Backup (twice). and either wait for the next scheduled backup, or launch it manually by clicking the > Back up now button.

The Backup and Restore window will now list your backup and you can change your backup settings here, for example change what you want to back up or adjust the schedule. At the bottom of the window, there is a small section called > Restore. To restore backups, click > Select another backup to restore files from and browse for a previous backup you wish to restore.

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