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Sep 5, 2011

How to Use Backup & Restore in Windows 7

The article intends to educate users about using backup and restore utility in their Windows 7 computer. The methods described in the article are reliable and correct to the date. It is still recommended that users follow the instructions accurately to avoid facing common Windows 7 problems.

Windows 7 has been so far considered to have a better backup and restore utility than the earlier Windows versions. Well that’s true. You can use this built-in tool to take a backup of your important data or create a system recovery disk, allowing you to avoid facing data loss issue. Using the backup & restore feature is very easy and can be done without the Microsoft technical Support services. The below mentioned guide will also save you from running into common Windows 7 problems while doing so.


Click on the Start menu and go to Control Panel. In the Control Panel window, click on the System and Security option and then select Backup and Restore.

Click on the Set up backup button under the Back up or restore user and system files heading. Wait when you see the message Starting Backup and don’t click on the Cancel button. You will see the Configure Backup dialog box, choose a preferred location to store the backed up data to. It is strongly advised that you take the backup to an external flash drive or hard drive. Keep it to a safe place and use when required.

If you don’t see the desired location under the Backup locations heading, click on the Refresh button below. Click on the Add Network Location button if you can want to backup your data on a network location.
When done, click on the Next button. Choose an appropriate option from Let Windows choose and Let me choose and click on the Next button. You can include more files and folders of your choice to include in the backup. Click to select the checkbox next to Include a system image of drives (C:) and click on the Next button. When done, click on the Save settings and run backup button to initialize the backup process. Don’t click on the Stop back up button and wait for the process to finish. If asked, choose date, time, and frequency of backup and click on the OK button.

When the process is finished, you will see the backup file(s) icon. Now if you want, you can restore these files or adjust the backup folder’s size. For that, you will need to click on the Create an image backup option on the left hand panel in the Backup and Restore option (under System and Security in Control Panel).

Select the desired destination to save the image backup to and click on the Next button. Review your settings under the Confirm your backup settings heading or else click on the back button to go back and select other drive. When done, click on the Start backup button to initialize the process.

Wait until the process finishes and successfully creates an image backup. You can also create a system recovery disk if you want. This will help you recover your Windows if something goes wrong with your computer.


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