How to Backup Windows 10

How to Backup Windows 10

/ Shayne Sherman

A hardware failure on your computer can happen in an instant without any warnings. This can be a problem if you have important files on your computer. To prevent data loss, it is best to practice occasional computer backups.

Windows 10 has a built-in backup tool that you can use to create copies of your operating system and existing files and applications.

Follow the guide below to guide you in creating a full Windows backup that you can use in an emergency.

Step 1: Press on the Windows key and click on Windows Settings.

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Step 2: On Windows settings, click on Update & Security.

windows update and security

Step 3: On the side menu, Click on Backup.

Step 4: Click on Go to Backup and Restore Windows 7.

windows backup option

Step 5: Click on “Add a Drive,” and Windows will look for a drive that is available to store the backup.

add a drive for backup

Step 6: Wait for the setup to initialize.

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Step 7: Click on the Next Button.

Step 8: Click on the Next and Start backup buttons.

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You can also set Windows to backup files automatically on schedule. To do this, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Press on the Windows key and click on Windows Settings.

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Step 2: On Windows settings, click on Update & Security.

windows update and security

Step 3: On the side menu, Click on Backup.

Step 4: Click on Go to Backup and Restore Windows 7.

windows backup option

Step 5: Find the Schedule portion, then click on Change Settings.

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Step 6: On Schedule settings, click on change schedule.

Step 7: You can select how often and times you prefer to do Windows Backup.

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Step 8: Click ok, then restart your computer.

After setting up your backup drive, remember not to store any files so you can extend their life. You should do this at least twice a month to have the most updated version of Windows.

Shayne Sherman
Meet the author

Shayne is an expert on all things Microsoft Windows and computer security. As a Windows user of over 30 years, he has been featured on Business Insider, Yahoo, Tech Republic, Hacker Noon, Techopedia, and many other publications. Aside from entertaining at his home theater, he enjoys spending time with his family, including his English bulldog, Fergie.