How to Backup Windows 10: A Simple Guide

If you don’t want to end up losing all your data, backing up Windows regularly is the way to go. Generally, it is wise to have a backup of every file that’s important to you; photos, personal files, music, or whatever you think is important enough to be saved. Since Windows 10 is the newest iteration of globally dominant Windows OS, we’ll show you a couple of available ways of backing up your files on this OS.

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First, it should be mentioned that there is more than one way of creating a backup. Since system image backup is the most known and one that’s used most frequently we’ll cover that first, and after that we’ll deal with creating a backup using file history.

Creating backup Using System Image Option

Creating a system image is the way to go if you want to back up your entire system.

Basically, creating a system image means that your entire system will be copied, along with all files, data, settings, programs, and a full OS installation.

To do this, you need to plug in an external drive that has enough capacity to store your backup. When you connect it, right-click on the Start button, select Control Panel from the menu, click on the System and Security and then look for the Backup and Restore (Windows 7) option.

Click on the Create a System Image tab and then follow the backup wizard. Be aware that creating a backup can take a few hours, you’ll be able to use the computer, but it is recommended to let it finish creating the backup.

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The good side is that System Image backup will allow you to completely restore your system in case of system failure. The downside is that you must create the backup manually, and if something’s changed since the last time you created the system image, you’ll restore the system with apps, files and settings present at the time you created the backup, so potentially you could lose valuable data if not backing up regularly.

Creating Backup Using File History

File History allows you to make regular backups of your personal data. It is recommended to store backups on an external drive, in the case something go wrong with your internal hard drive.

Setting up File History is a simple process. Click on the Start button, and then click on Settings.

Click on Update and Security located in the menu opened when clicked on Settings, and then click on Backup option. Then you’ll have an option called Backup using File History, located on the right-handed panel. Click on the “+” sing located under it, and a list of connected drives will appear.

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Please note that if you don’t have any hard drive connected, you won’t be able to use this backup option. After you select the drive you want to store the backup on Windows will create backup automatically.

After windows creates the backup, when you return to Backup section, an option called automatically back up my files will appear instead of Add a drive option, and by default, it will be switched on. Clicking on More options will bring up the settings for how often you want Windows to create new backups. If you want to back up something that isn’t on the list just click on Add a folder.

 

So that’s it. As you can see, creating a backup is relatively easy and can be done in minutes (well, if you decide to create a system image, you’ll have to wait for it to complete). And, most importantly, creating a backup can save you from serious stress if your system fails.

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