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How to Take a Backup in Windows 10


How to Take a Backup in Windows 10

Backup is one of the most important aspects of our digital life. We never know when our smartphone or hard disk might get corrupted losing our precious photos or videos. It is always advisable to keep a backup of all your personal files at a different location, so that in case  there are any issues, you still have a separate copy available. The same holds good for Windows as well. In case there are any file corruption or malware infection, it is best to keep a system backup so that you can easily recover it.

In this post, we will show in detailed how to take a backup of your Windows 10.

Related Reading: Best backup and recovery tools for Windows 10.

The first step is to open Control panel and type backup in the search bar. This shows you the option “Backup and Restore (Windows 7)”.

Backup and restore

Click on the backup and restore option. In the next step, click on Set up Backup link.

Set backup

This will start the backup tool.

starting backup

In the next step, you need to select the destination where you want to save the backup. It is always good that you store the backup into an external drive and not in the default hard disk.

Select backup location

Once you select the drive, click next. In the next process, you need to select the files to backup. You can either choose “Let Windows choose” or “Let me choose”.

select files

If you select to choose the files, in the next step, you can manually select the files and folders you want to have in the backup. You can also select all the drives.

selecting files

In the final step, Windows 10 confirms your settings and also provides an option to schedule a backup. Now click Save settings and run backup.

save backup

Windows will now run the backup tool and will start backing up files to the location you have selected. This process will run into several hours depending on the files you have selected.

Backup in progress

Another option is to turn on file history. File history takes a backup of your personal files including libraries, desktop, contacts and favorites. You can restore them any time when you want.

File history

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Nirmal is a Technology Blogger and a Microsoft MVP in Windows. He can be contacted at You can find Nirmal on , and .

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