Windows Backup

We try to keep this article fresh with the latest version of Windows. Backing Up your system on windows 10.

What is Windows Backup?

Windows Backup is the procedure of securing your data when you run a Microsoft Windows Operating System.

Data is the most important aspect of your computer. Computer hardware can fail, data can be corrupted, computers can be lost, stolen, or destroyed. You may be able to reinstall operating systems and applications, but your original data could be lost forever.

All Microsoft Windows Operating Systems have some tool that allows you to backup and restore important data.

Backup and Restore in Windows 10

In Windows 10 you can use File History to backup your data to an external drive or network location.

Select Start​  > Settings  > Update & Security > Backup Add a drive , and then choose an external drive or network location for your backups.

Backup Windows 10 - File History
Backup Windows 10 – File History

Restoring your files with File History

If you’re missing an important file or folder that you’ve backed up, here’s how to get it back:

  • In the search box on the taskbar, type restore files, and then select Restore your files with File History.
  • Look for the file you need, then use the arrows to see all its versions.
  • When you find the version you want, select Restore to save it in its original location. To save it in a different place, right-click Restore, select Restore to, and then choose a new location.

Find your backups created on previous versions of Windows

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. In the search box on the taskbar, type control panel. Then select Control Panel > System and Security > Backup and Restore (Windows 7)

Backing Up in older versions of Windows