Setup Windows Backup in Windows 10

    Setup Windows Backup in Windows 10

    How to Set Up Windows Backup in Windows 10
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    How to Set Up Windows Backup in Windows 10

    information   Information
    The Backup and Restore (Windows 7) feature (aka: Windows Backup) was originally included in Windows 7. It was deprecated in Windows 8 and removed in in Windows 8.1, but has been included in Windows 10.

    While you can use Backup and Restore (Windows 7) to restore any Windows 7 backups on your Windows 10 PC, you can also use it to back up and restore files on your Windows 10 PC.

    Windows Backup will backup all files in the libraries, folders, and drives you choose or let Windows choose. You will have a choice to include a system image in the backup. You can also choose to have these items be backed up on a regular schedule.

    It's always good to have a backup. Keep copies of your files on another drive in case something happens to the originals.

    After you have set up Windows Backup, you can make changes to these settings as needed.

    This tutorial will show you to set up Windows Backup to backup and restore files on your Windows 10 PC.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to setup and use Windows Backup.

    Note   Note
    Windows Backup event logs are stored in the .evtx file below. It will open in Event Viewer when double clicked/tapped on.

    C:\Windows\System32\winevt\Logs\Microsoft-Windows-Backup.evtx



    Backups are created in sets also known as backup periods.

    When a backup is created the first time after you set up Windows Backup, Windows will create a full backup of all files in the folders you selected into the drive:\computer name\Backup Set YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS\Backup Files YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS folder location. The Backup Files YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS folder contains Backup files #.zip folders that are your actual backed up files for that date and time period.

    When you create a differential backup, it will create a new full backup saved into a new Backup Set YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS folder.

    When you create an incremental backup, it will create a backup all of the files that have changed since the last backup, and saved in a new Backup Files YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS folder in the current Backup Set YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS folder.
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    Here's How:

    1. Open Settings, click/tap on the Update & security icon, click/tap on Backup on the left side, and click/tap on the Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7) link under Looking for and older backup on the right side. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    You can also open Backup and Restore (Windows 7) by opening the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Backup and Restore (Windows 7) icon.


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    2. Click/tap on Set up backup. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Windows Backup will now start. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Do step 5 (local drive) or step 6 (network location) below for where you want to save your backup.


     5. To Save Backup On Local (internal or external) Drive

    A) Select a drive (ex: "Test1 (E:)"), click/tap on Next, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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     6. To Save Backup On a Network Location

    A) Click/tap on the Save on a network button. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Click/tap on Browse, browse to and select the network location (ex: "\\BRINK-ROUTER\MyBook"), and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    If you like, you could manually enter the network location path instead of browsing to and selecting it.


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    C) Enter your username and password credentials for this network location, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    D) Select this network location (ex: "\\BRINK-ROUTER\MyBook"), click/tap on Next, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Select (dot) Let me choose, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    If you do not want to choose what to back up, then you could select (dot) Let Windows choose and go to step 9 below instead.


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    8. Select the check boxes of the items you want to include in the backup, select if you want to include a system image or not, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    9. Click/tap on the Change schedule link. (see screenshot below)

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    10. Do step 11 (on) or step 12 (off) below for if you want to automatically run this backup on a schedule or not.
    Note   Note
    You will always be able to turn on or off the schedule as needed.



     11. To Turn On Automatically Run backup on a Schedule

    A) Check the Run backup on a schedule box. (see screenshot below)

    B) Select How often, What day, and What time you want for the backup schedule.

    C) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 13 below.

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     12. To Turn Off Automatically Run backup on a Schedule

    A) Uncheck the Run backup on a schedule box, click/tap on OK, and go to step 13 below. (see screenshot below)

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    13. When ready, click/tap on the Save settings and run backup button. (see screenshot below)

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    14. Windows Backup will now create a backup based on what you set above. (see screenshots below)

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    15. When the backup has finished, you will be able to click/tap on the Back up now button to manually create an incremental backup on demand whenever you want. (see screenshot below)

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    16. You can now close Backup and Restore (Windows 7) if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    30 May 2017 #1
    Join Date : May 2017
    Indonesia
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Professional x64

    Backup notification and schedule backup


    Dear all,
    Hi i'm using windows 10 professional x64, i have two questions.

    1. is it possible after the backup is finished sending notification via email?
    2. do a backup on a certain day?

    Best regards,
    Favha
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  2.    30 May 2017 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 25,705
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046
    Thread Starter

    Hello Favha, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Q1) I'm afraid that Windows Backup doesn't include an option to send an email notice.

    Q2) You can change your Windows Backup settings to check the Run backup on a schedule box and set the schedule for when you like at step 11 below.

    Change Windows Backup Settings in Window 10 Windows 10 Backup Restore Tutorials
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  3.    12 Aug 2017 #3
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    KS City
    Posts : 613
    Win 10 Pro v1709 16299.125

    Hi Brink,
    I read somewhere that this app would be discontinued in a future update, do you have any knowledge of that to be true?

    Many thanks for this forum.
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  4.    12 Aug 2017 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 25,705
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046
    Thread Starter

    Hello Richard,

    A new "Timeline" feature was suppose to replace the "File History" feature in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in September, but it has been delayed until sometime after that.

    I haven't seen any information if Windows Backup will be removed at that time, or just buried and still usable.

    Timeline feature will not make Windows 10 Fall Creators Update - Windows 10 Forums
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