How to Backup & Restore Your PC via Windows 7’s Built-in Tool

In the digital era, data is all around. To prevent undesired data disaster, we should pay attention to backup. More and more backup software spring up nowadays. In fact, without any software, Windows can do this job as well. This article will teach you how to use backup & restore in Windows 7 step by step.

Do you know that Windows have a built-in feature – “Restore Previous Versions”? By it, windows will automatically make backups for your data in the system drive. For instance, you’ve stored your Outlook files in the system drive. But one day Outlook crashed and the files got corrupted. To recover Outlook files, you can right click on the folder where the files were originally stored and select “Restore previous versions”. Similar to this feature, Windows 7 also provides you another free backup tool. Why don’t you make full use of it? Read on to get familiar with it in depth.

Set Up Backup in Windows 7

  1. At the very outset, head to “Start Menu” and access to “Control Panel”.
  2. In “Control Panel”, you should click on “System and Security” link. And then in the new screen, you need to locate and click on “Backup and Restore”.Backup and Restore
  3. And in the latter interface, hit “Set up backup” link. A new small dialog box will turn up. You need to wait a while for starting Windows backup.Set up backup
  4. Then in the subsequent window, you would be required to select the destination as per your needs. If you would like to back up your PC data to an external drive, you can connect the drive to your PC and then click “Refresh” button. Windows will look for all the available devices.Look for backup devices
  5. When your desired drive shows up, select it and click “Next” button.Select the backup destination
  6. In the following screen, you could decide either let windows choose what to back up or let yourself choose. Here take “Let me choose” as the example. After the decision, click “Next”.Let me choose
  7. Next you can check and select all the drives, partitions, and folders which you wish to back up on your PC. Also, you should note that “Backup and Restore” feature cannot back up Program Files or system files, even if you’ve included the system drive in your backup. Nevertheless, if the destination device has adequate space, you can enable “Include a system image”.Select what to backup
  8. After clicking “next”, you will enter the final step. You can review your backup settings as well as change the backup schedule. Click on “Change schedule” link.Change Schedule
  9. In the new popup window, you can specify how often you want to back up. Plus, you could also disable the scheduled backup here.How Often to Backup
  10. After clicking “OK”, you will return to the former screen. Click “Save settings and run backup” to start it.
  11. Finally, Windows will enter a new interface, which shows you that backup is in progress. Click “View Details”, and you will be able to check its completion rate.Back up in Progress

Restore in Windows 7

After completing backup, you can access to the backup drive and double click the relevant files to restore them directly. Or go to “Backup and Restore” center and make use of “Restore my files” feature.Restore my files

Author Introduction:

Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including sql recovery and outlook repair software products. For more information visit

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