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How to Create a Windows Backup in Windows 10

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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.

After you have set up Windows Backup on your PC, you can manually create backups on demand.

This tutorial will show you how to manually create a Windows Backup on demand in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to create a Windows Backup.

Note   Note
Data file 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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System images are saved in this format:

drive letter:\WindowsImageBackup\computer name\Backup YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS

EXAMPLE: If your computer name is Brink-W10PC, your backup location is on hard drive (network or local) E: and you backed up on January 23rd 2017 at 5:01:54 PM (it will use 24 hour time), then your system image would be located in the folder below.

E:\WindowsImageBackup\Brink-W10PC\Backup 2017-01-23 190154
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CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Create Windows Backup in "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)"
  • Option Two: To Create Windows Backup in Elevated Command Prompt





Create Windows Backup in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Create Windows Backup in Windows 10
To Create Windows Backup in "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)"

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 the Back up now button to create a backup with your current Windows Backup settings. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
If you see a Set up backup button instead, then it means you will need to set up Windows Backup first.

You can click/tap on the Change settings link to make any changes you want for Windows Backup before creating a backup.


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3. Windows Backup will now create an incremental backup based on your settings. (see screenshots below)

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4. When finished, you can now close Backup and Restore (Windows 7) if you like.





Create Windows Backup in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Create Windows Backup in Windows 10
To Create Windows Backup in Elevated Command Prompt

1. Open an elevated command prompt.

2. Copy and paste the command you want to use below into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

(To silently create an incremental backup)
sdclt.exe /KICKOFFJOB

(To create an incremental backup with details)
cmd /c sdclt.exe /KICKOFFJOB & sdclt.exe /UIMODE /SHOW

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(To silently create a differential backup)
sdclt.exe /KICKOFFNEW

(To create a differential backup with details)
cmd /c sdclt.exe /KICKOFFNEW & sdclt.exe /UIMODE /SHOW

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3. Windows Backup will now create a backup based on your settings.
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If you get the error below, then it means you will need to set up Windows Backup first.
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4. If you used a command to view details of the backup, then you can click/tap on Close when the backup has finished. (see screenshots below)

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5. You can now close the elevated command prompt if you like.


That's it,
Shawn