Backing up Windows 10

There are some amazing free tools within Windows 10 that help you capture a backup of all of your important data.

This will help to protect against data loss in case your device is lost, stolen or damaged.

Requirements:

  • External hard drive
    • This can be an external USB drive
    • Please note the size of your PC/laptop will determine the drive size requirements
  • OR Network Storage Device (NAS)

Configuring Automatic Backups on Windows 10:

As Microsoft continues to update and remove features from their latest products, the Windows 10 backup feature maybe replaced/removed in the near future. For now, the backup tools are fully available and ready to use!

  • Search for “Control Panel” in the search box in the bottom left of the taskbar
  • Select “Backup and Restore Windows 7” from the list as shown below:
  • Click “Set up Backup” on the right-hand side
  • A display box will appear showing that the “Windows Backup Service” is starting
  • Select your backup disk from the list of drives that show up
  • Click next to continue
  • Leave default settings of “Let Windows choose (recommended)”
    • Unless you are an advanced user, this is the best option for most situations (description will be included in a post to come!)
  • If you wish to run your backup on a particular schedule, you can change that setting now using the button highlighted below:
  • When you are happy with the backup schedule (this can be changed at a later date) click “save settings and run backup”
  • A backup will now begin running. This can take some time to complete; we would recommend plugging in the power cable if using a laptop, so it doesn’t lose power during this process.
  • Once your backup is completed, you will see the following notification:

Your backups will now take place on an automatic schedule as configured during the above guide. We will go through how to make changes to these backup settings in a future post.

We hope this information has been informative and helps you along your way to making sure your data is safe and available if you run into any future issues!