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How to Set up Windows 10 Automatic Backup and Restore

Data is very important. Whether it be personal files, photos, music, or a large download of an operating system, Windows backup features always wise to create secure backups of your files to avoid disaster and stores them on an external hard drive.

Today, we will introduce you how to setup Windows 10 backup to protect against data loss for your computer.

Please pay attention: This article also applies to Windows 8, 7.

1, Press Win key and click Settings icon and Update and Security option in turn.

update security setting

2, Open the Update and Security, you can catch the list on the left and please select Backup. Then you can find the Back up using File History on the right. It is used to back up your files to another drive and restore them if the originals are lost, damaged, or deleted.

settings backup

3, You can plug an USB flash drive or USB hard drive into your computer. Please click Add a drive to select this USB flash drive or USB hard drive.

backup select driver

At this time, Automatically back up files has been turned on. You can feel free to back up your any program, document, picture and video if you like.

If you want to make more settings on the Backup, please select More options.

backup more options

4, Open the Backup options, you can click Back up now and then the backup will be run.

You can set times for backup files in the drop-down menus as per as your requirement. Usually, the default value of Back up my file is Every hour and the default value of Keeping my backups is Forever.


5, please look at the Back up these folders. Windows will automatically back up below files for you. If you wouldn’t like to backup any of them, please click that file and Remove it.

Moreover, you can Add a folder from any disk of your computer if you want.

backup files

Also, you can select the file which you do not want to back up into Exclude these folders option.

6, If you need to stop using your current backup drive before you add a new one. Please choose Stop using drive. This won’t delete any files from your current backup drive.

backup different drive

7, Finally, Related settings is on the bottom of the dialog box. If you want to make some advanced settings, you can select the See advanced settings. If you want to restore files, you can click the Restore files from a current backup and restore to the original location.

related settings

You can also open the File History from Control Panel.

file history control panel

You can catch Restore personal files, Select drive, Exclude folders, Advanced settings on the left and set them according to your requirement.

file history

In additional, Windows 10 retains the Backup and Restore (Windows 7) features in Control Panel.

backup and restore windows 7

1, Open the Backup and Restore (Windows 7). If the Windows Backup has not been set up, please click the Set up backup on the right at first.


2, please back up your file follow the instruction step by step.

backup file

3, If you want to restore the backup file, Windows will detect a backup for this computer. Please click the Restore my files.

restore file

4, please back up your file follow the instruction step by step.

restore original location


In daily life, it is very important to regularly back up the files. Once you're any program, document, picture and video were lost when you reinstalled or upgraded the system, you can restore them from the backup drive.

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