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Monday, July 25, 2011

Backing Up Files and Settings with Windows 7 Backup

This is a walk-through on backing up files in Windows 7.

  1. Click on the Start button and type "backup" in the search programs and files field.

    Start button
  2. Select Backup and Restore from the results.

    Backup and restore
  3. Click on Set up backup option.

    Set up backup
  4. Select the destination drive for the backup. Click Next.
    Select backup destination
  5. If unsure which option to select, choose the Let Windows Choose (Recommended)
    option and click next. If the exact folders to be backed up are known, select the
    Let Me Choose and click Next.

    Let Windows Choose

    Note that this tutorial details the Let Windows Choose option, and not the Let Me Choose option.

  6. By default the backup will be run weekly, on the date and time displayed on the screen. If another schedule is required, select Change schedule and change the schedule as desired.

    Schedule backups
  7. Click on Save Settings and Exit.

    Save settings
  8. Here is what it should look during the backup process.

    Backup in progress
  9. After the backup is completed the screen will look similar to the one below indicating that the backup is complete.

    Backup or restore files

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