Always be prepared for any setbacks using Windows 10’s built-in backup and recovery tools.
Even the most cautious users may experience mishaps and lose important data at a time when the user is not waiting. In such cases the habit of regular backup will be life-saving. Of course, backing up the data is not enough, you need to know how to restore the backups. In this article, we will take a look at the backup and recovery tools that Windows 10 offers to users free of charge.
Built-in backup tools
The importance of backup has been repeatedly expressed. Microsoft also does not forget to add full-fledged backup tools into Windows versions.
Backup with File History
First of all, Windows 8, which comes into our lives with the history of Windows, is still today as the primary backup tool. Rather than backing up the hard disk all the way back, File History backups the user’s personal files and does it regularly within user-specified time periods. File History also stores multiple versions of backed up files. In this way, users do not condemn the latest versions of files.
By default, File History backs up the contents of the Users folder. This means that you can back up folders such as Downloads, Pictures, Videos, Music to this method. If you wish, you can remove unwanted folders from the backup list or add a folder located in another location to a backup list.
File History is a highly reliable way to back up personal data, and it’s easy to use. You can start backing up your personal data quickly and easily by going to the Settings> Update and security> Backup location and following the installation steps.
Backup and Restore (Windows 7)
The main task of the Backup and Restore tool that was transferred to Windows 10 for backward compatibility was to move the backup image files prepared on Windows 7 to Windows 10. However, Windows 10 users can create a bulk system backup using this tool, just like in Windows 7.
Unlike File History, you can backup everything you want with this tool, but you have to use File History if you want to access previous versions of the files you back up.
To use the Backup and Restore tool, go to Settings> Update and security> Follow the backup path and look for an older backup? tab under Backup and Restore.
After that, it is quite simple. To back up specific folders or folders, click Set backup and specify the disk to store the backup, the folders to be backed up, and the backup frequency, and start the backup process.
Create a system image
Create a System image if it is another backup tool that you can use in the Backup and Restore window. Instead of just a few folders, this system will back up the system, and it will help you to overcome hard drive failures with minimum loss.
Although creating a system image protects the user against the worst scenario, he has some disadvantages. Because the size of the files to be backed up increases, the capacity of the external disk to be used for the backup will need to be higher.
For the same reason, the backup process will take much longer than the methods we have seen above. If you need to restore a file or folder in the system image, you will need to restore the entire image file.
Click Create a system image if you have decided to perform the backup. Select the location to save the backup and start the backup process. Once the process is complete, you will have a system image that you can restore at any time.
Even though it is not a complete backup tool, OneDrive’s ability to work integrated into Windows 10 allows quick backup and restore of small files.
Internal recovery and restore tools
Backing up and restoring these backups are vital tools to protect personal data. However, in Windows 10, recovery tools can solve user problems in some cases without the need to restore backups.
The system restore tool that many users are familiar with is an ideal option to troubleshoot problems created by a newly installed application or driver.
The system restore tool creates restore points at regular intervals, and records the drives, registrys, and system files that were on the system at the time that point was created. Thus, problems arising from these sources can be solved by an old restore point.
To run the System Restore tool in Windows 10, you can click Restore to the search line and click Create a restore point.
When Windows 10 does not operate under normal conditions, the operating system provides the user with an advanced start-up menu where it can detect and repair the user. This menu also offers system recovery and recovery options using the system image.
To access this menu manually, follow the Settings> Update and security> Recovery path and click the Restart now button under the Advanced startup tab. Your system will restart and you will meet the advanced start menu.
Create a recovery drive
Windows installation files must be available on your system to access the advanced startup menu. Normally, after every Windows 10 installation, system files are securely stored on your hard drive, but these files may be damaged.
Fortunately Windows 10 offers users the possibility to create their own recovery drivers.
You can start the process of creating a recovery drive by typing the recovery driver into the search line and clicking Create a recovery drive, and you can create your own drive.
Resetting the computer
If you want to reset your computer without dealing with backup, restore, recovery, etc., Windows 10’s Reset This Computer feature will do the job. This feature, first available to users in Windows 8, allows you to reinstall Windows without requiring any installation drivers.
Settings> Update and security> You can start the reset process by clicking the Start button, which you can find in the Recovery menu, and you can transfer the user files to the new Windows by checking the Keep my files option during the process.