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How to Create a Full Backup of 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 detail how to take a full backup of Windows 10.

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

How to Create a Full Backup of Windows 10

Step 1: The first step is to open the Control panel and type backup in the search bar. This shows you the option “Backup and Restore (Windows 7)”.

Full Backup of Windows 10

Step 2: Click on the backup and restore option. In the next step, click on the Set up backup link.

Full Backup of Windows 10

Step 3: This will start the backup tool.

Full Backup of Windows 10

Step 4: 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.

Full Backup of Windows 10

Step 5: 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

Step 6: 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

Step 7: In the final step, Windows 10 confirms your settings and also provides an option to schedule a backup. Now click Save settings and run the 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

Nirmal is a Technology Blogger and a Microsoft MVP in Windows. Blogging has been his passion for more than a decade now, he started with this blog in 2007. He can be contacted at nirmal@nirmaltv.com. You can find Nirmal on , and .

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