Backup and Restore Guide For Windows 7

The backup and restore options in your computer are really important as nobody can predict an unfortunate situation. Your system may crash anytime and may leave you frustrated and irritated, blaming yourself for not backing up the files.

Backing and restoring in Windows 7 is easier than any other previous version of Windows. Microsoft has really taken care of these needs and made sure that the user is not empty handed if the system crashes. Let’s see how to use restore and back up options.

windows 7 backup and restore


System backup is a matter of few clicks. Just open ‘My Computer’ and right click on the system drive i.e. ‘Local Disk (C :\ > choose ‘Properties’. A new local disk properties window now open with several tabs in it, you have to choose the ‘Tools’ tab for backup.

c drive properties

The last option at the bottom of Window would be ‘Backup now’ click on it.  You will be taken to a new window now, select ‘Setup Backup’ under the backup menu and then Window will reach for a drive to save backup files.

set up backup

However, you can choose the location manually too.

where to save backup

After the location settings Windows would ask ‘What do you want to back up?’ You can either let Windows choose the suitable files to be backed up or you can choose the files manually.

what do u want to backup

After that Windows would ask you to review the backup settings. See if everything is fine and click on ‘Save settings and run backup’.

save settings and run backup

The days and times of the backup can be scheduled in the next window; click ‘OK’ and your backup would start now.

schedule backup

Once the procedure is complete, you can check the backup and system image in the folder used. Double click on the backup when you need to make any changes.

Restoring Files From Backup

If you have a problem with your system and want to restore a file or many files from the backup then navigate again to the ‘Backup and Restore center’. Use the link ‘Restore my files’ and you will be able to browse through the most recent back up files to look for the file that is missing in your system.

restore my files

After that you can restore that file again to the system where it was missing or to a totally new location. Click on ‘restore’ and the process would take some time, depending upon the length of the file.

restore files

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Manage Backup

Backups can be really bulky and if you are running out of space in your system then you can also manage the backup to free some space. In order to perform this action again navigate to ‘Backup and Restore’ and click on the link for ‘Manage Space’.

manage space

The next window give the data about what and how the backup files are eating up your hard disk space. Look for older backup files and delete them to free some space.

deleting backup files

Backup and restoring are essential for every user and they should regularly back up the files. Moreover, the knowledge about system restore can also be very handy if the system is infected with virus and if it crashes.