Backup and Recovery on Windows 10

How to Perform Backup and Recovery on Windows 10

There are several features that windows have enabled to help its users keep the data safe from viruses using several tools like Windows Defender, Windows Firewall and Windows Security Centre. These tools, however, do not have a method to keep files backed up because if a virus manages to break through from all these measures the files will be at risk.

Windows 10 features several tools to help you perform backups of your documents. Here are some of these tools.

File History

What Windows File History does is it performs a back-up of all the files located in your libraries (Documents, Pictures, Music, Videos, Downloads etc.) It allows you to choose a drive from your available partitions, where you can back-up your files and then asks you when to do it by scheduling a particular time for when the backup will take place.

To configure the File History backup, follow these simple steps −

Step 1 − Go to SETTINGS and select Update & security.

Step 2 − In the UPDATE & SECURITY window, select Backup.

Step 3 − Click “Add a drive” to choose where to store your backup.

After this, you will have a successful location to store your backup

Backup & Restore (Works for Windows 7 too)

This tool, which was removed in Windows 8 and 8.1, was brought back in windows 10 allowing you to perform back-ups and restore data from old Windows 7 backups. Further, it also lets to back-up your regular documents on Windows 10.

To open the Back-up & Restore, follow these steps −

Step 1 − Open the Control Panel by searching for it in the Search bar.

Step 2 − After the Control Panel is open, select the view by large icons to display all the icons present on the control panel then choose Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

Step 3 − In the Backup and Restore window, you can choose to “Set up backup”.

Step 4 − In the Set up backup window, choose where you want to store your backup.

When choosing any of the listed storage devices present on your hard drive or any additional media attached, Windows 10 will give you information about that specific device. After choosing the desired destination, click Next.

Step 5 − In the next window, you can choose what files you want to backup.

Windows default is to store everything in your libraries (Documents, Pictures, Music, Downloads, Videos etc.) and in your Desktop, but you can also choose specific files and folders to backup from other locations not mentioned above. After making your selection, click Next.

Step 6 − In the last window, you can review the settings of your backup and establish the schedule in which you want to perform it, the default will be Sunday at 7:00 PM which can be changed to your own liking (make sure the computer is turned on at the selected time of the backup every week).

Step 7 − In the end, click Save settings and run backup. The backup will perform at the scheduled time.

Creating a System Image

In case your computer failing, Windows 10 offers you some alternatives to restore it to a specific state. One of these alternatives is creating what is called a system image. A system image is a copy of all your system and program files needed for your computer to run properly.

You can use this option to store an image of your computer at a specific moment, and use it to restore your computer to that state later. The option to create a system image is in the same Backup and Restore window we discussed before.

Step 1 − Open the Backup and Restore window from the Control Panel.

Step 2 − On the Backup and Restore window, choose the “Create a system image” option on the left.

Step 3 − On the Create a system image window, you can choose where to store the backup from among three places: your hard disk, on DVD’s, or in the network.

After choosing where to store the backup, click Next.

Step 4 − In the next window, just confirm your image settings and click Start backup.

Resetting the PC

Another alternative Windows 10 offers you for system recovery is simply called “Reset this PC”. This option will allow you to return your computer to its default factory settings. It will also give you the option of keeping your files or removing everything. To reset your PC, follow these steps −

Step 1 − Go to SETTINGS and select Update & security.

Step 2 − On the UPDATE & SECURITY window, select Recovery.

Step 3 − On the Recovery window, you can click the “Get started” button under Reset this PC.

Step 4 − The next window, will ask you whether you want to reset your settings and applications, but still keep your personal files, or just remove everything and return your computer to its default state.

Advanced Options

Windows 10 features several advanced options to restore your PC. Although these are meant for advanced users, you can access them from the same Update & Security window that we have discussed before.

Step 1 − Open the Settings window and select UPDATE & SECURITY.

Step 2 − On the UPDATE & SECURITY window, select Recovery. Under Advanced startup, click the Restart now button.

Step 3 − When Windows 10 restarts, it will present you a menu of options to select from.

The same menu will appear whenever Windows tries to boot unsuccessfully.

From these options you can choose to restore the system to a previous system restore point you created before, Open the command prompt for trouble shooting or performing command based tasks, Recover your system based on an image created before, Change how the windows usually starts up or simply repair the windows automatically using the automatic trouble shooter.

With these settings and options in mind it is easier to make a back up of your files in case anything unusual happens and you end up losing your data, so this way it can be recovered easily.