How to Backup and Restore Windows 10 (Multiple Ways)

Taking a backup of the entire machine is one of the best strategies to tackle software problems, malware, and corrupt files, which could result in data loss. Thus, if one doesn’t regularly create backups, there may be chances of losing data, which one may have spent a lot of time setting up. In this post, I will guide you on backup and restore Windows 10 to avoid any loss.

How to Backup and Restore Windows 10

With Windows 10, you can create a backup of the files and settings using different methods, including manually copying files to external storage, saving files to OneDrive, or third-party applications. However, we do recommend using the in-built methods from Windows to Backup and restore. Following any of the methods mentioned below can be used for accomplishing the task.

  1. Backup Restore System Image
  2. Backup Restore using File History
  3. System Restore

1] Backup Restore System Image

Backup Restore System Image

Windows Backup and Restore is traditionally available with all versions of Windows launched after Windows 7. This tool allows users to create and save a backup at different locations, such as a secondary drive or a folder connected in a network folder. However, we recommend using removable storage, which could be easily disconnected and stored.

  • To create a backup, navigate to the Control Panel by searching for the same in the search box, and then navigate to Control Panel > System and Security > Backup and Restore.
  • From here, click on the Setup Backup option. This will prompt you to select a drive to back up the files; once selected, click Next, and here, you’ll be prompted to choose Which data you want to Backup. You can either let Windows choose, or you can do it manually.
  • Once done, click on Next, then Save and Continue. With this, Windows will start creating a backup, wait for a few minutes, and you’re good to go.

backup restore System Image progress

Here you can also choose to change the backup timing. You may also get to see information where Windows informs that a system repair disc might be required to restore a system image.

Do note that you can choose to skip backing up user data, which occupies a lot of space. You can choose to backup only the system image instead of all the data.

How to Restore Backup in Windows 10

If you used Backup and Restore to back up files or create system image backups in previous versions of Windows, your old Backup is still available in Windows 10 and can be restored quickly. One can follow the below-mentioned method to do so:

  • To restore a backup, navigate to the Control Panel by searching for the same in the search box, nextly navigate to Control Panel > System and Security > Backup and Restore.
  • Under the Restore Menu, Windows will list the backups available and which could be restored. You have two options—Restore all user’s files and select another backup for restore files.  If you can’t find one, you can always select the Select Another Backup to Restore files from the option and enter the path to it.
  • Select the Backup, and click on the Continue button. Windows will now start restoring the files from the Backup instantly.

Related: How to create a full backup of Windows 10 on a USB drive 

2] Backup Restore using File History

Backup using File History Windows 10

Windows also has the option to just Backup the files and folders to an external storage location or a drive-in case any of the files are lost, deleted, or damaged. It can be done using File History. Here’s how:

Open the Settings application using the Search Box and navigate to Settings > Update and Security> Backup.

  1. Under the Back, up using File History Menu, click on Add Drive option and select the External Drive you want to Backup to.
  2. Now, head over to the More Options menu to configure the files you want to Backup and whether you want the process to happen automatically.
  3. Once done, click on the Backup Now option to start the process immediately.

How to Restore using File History

To restore the data one has backed up using the File History, here are the steps one needs to follow:

  • Pull up the Search Box and type in Restore Files; under the results, search for the option for Restore using File History and click on it.
  • Here look for the files you need and which version of the files you want to restore. Once you have found the File you want to restore, click on the Restore button.
  • If you click on the Restore button directly, it will return the files to the original location. To save it to a different location, right-click on Restore and click on Save to.

3] System Restore

How to Create and Restore using System Restore in Windows 10

System Restore points can play a significant role in rolling back Windows to an older state when some application, driver update, or malware causes issues. It is a snapshot of some of the internal system files and the Windows registry and saves them as Restore Points for further usage. Here’s How to Create and Restore System Restore Points in Windows 10

Recommendation when taking Backup of your data

  • Preferably backup Data to a drive that isn’t the same in which the Windows OS has been installed, such as Backup to a Removable Drive or a secondary disk.

Note: Manufacturers often configure a recovery partition on a computer. Under Disk Management, a recovery partition is displayed as a hard disk drive.

  • Always store media files that you backup at a secure location to prevent unauthorized access to your files.
  • Try to store the backups in the use of a fireproof location, which is different from the computer’s actual location. Also, do consider encrypting the backup data.

I hope the post was useful, and you were able to Backup and Restore on Windows 10. With that said, How often do you back up your files? Do let us know in the comments section below.

How Do I Backup My Entire Computer to an External Hard Drive?

To back up the entire computer to an external guard drive, you have to follow the given steps-:

Go to Start > Settings > Update and Security> Backup tab> Add a drive. Now your PC will search your hard drive. Now click on your hard drive showing on the screen, and it will take you to back up now careen. Just click the backup now option.

What Does Windows 10 System Backup Actually Backup?

The Windows 10 system backup usually takes backups of everything on your computer, including apps, settings, installation files, and files stored in different drivers.

Is a System Image a Full Backup?

Yes, system images are the complete backups of the hard drive of your PC. It usually backups the entire drive, even a single partition, and operating system (Linux and Windows).

Does File History Backup Everything?

No file history doesn’t back up everything! File history has a predefined set of items for the backs up automatically. It usually takes backups of both default and custom libraries, desktop and contacts, along with skydive. If you want to backup a special folder, you have to create for it or include it in an exciting library.

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