Welcome to my Very first Post! Today I’m going to cover Windows Backup and Restore utility that is Built into Windows 7. Microsoft Did a great job of making this Backup software and now it’s all I ever use. The great thing about it is that it’s Free, it’s already installed on Windows 7, it’s easy to use and it works great should you need to do a restore. So lets get started….
Start > Control Panel
Click on “Backup Up your Computer”
Now at this point we have a few options available to us. Windows 7 allows us to “Create a System Image” ( Snapshot in time of your Hard drive ) , “Create a Backup Schedule”, “Backup Now” or Create a “System Repair Disc“. If this is your first time running a backup – Windows will ask you to create a Backup Schedule during the Backup Process. We don’t have to worry about “Creating a System Image” because the default Backup settings will do this for us by Default. I will Cover The System repair Disc and Restore procedure further in the article.
For now – Let’s start with “Backup Now”
Select A place to Create the System Backup In this case – I have chosen an External Hard-Drive. When you have determined a backup Location – Hit “Next“.
Keep the Default Backup Option. And Hit “Next“.
There Should be A Summary Page at this Point – After you have Confirmed all of your backup settings you can start your first Backup by hitting “Backup Now“.
Remember the “System Restore Disc” from the first section? Well you don’t need to worry about that if you still have your Windows 7 Install Disc as the Restore features come pre-installed on that Disc. However if you don’t know where yours is You will need this disc in order to do a restore! Just Pop in a Blank Disc and Select “Create Disk”. If you can’t find your Install Disc and would Like to Create one – See my latest article “Lost Your Windows Install Disc?”
Restoring Individual Files:
Select “Restore My Files”
Then Browse for Files that you would like to restore.
Click “Next” and The last screen simply choose Browse for a Location to Restore your Files to and then Click “Restore”
A Detailed Video of this Process can be found Here!
Restoring from System Image:
Restoring a System Image in the event of a Hard drive failure Is typically done so from Your Windows Install Cd or System Restore Disc. I am unable to Take screenshots of the Menus – But Microsoft has a set of detailed Instructions from their website.
If you can’t access Control Panel, you can restore your computer using a Windows installation disc or a system repair disc (if you have one).
- Insert the installation disc or system repair disc.
- Restart your computer using the computer’s power button.
- If prompted, press any key to start the computer from the installation disc or system repair disc.If your computer is not configured to start from a CD or DVD, check the information that came with your computer. You might need to change your computer’s BIOS settings. For information about which settings to change, check your computer manufacturer’s website. For more information about BIOS, see BIOS: frequently asked questions.
- Choose your language settings, and then click Next.
- Click Repair your computer.This step only applies if you are using a Windows installation disc.
- Select a recovery option, and then click Next.