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Backing up folders and drives

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Windows 7 is an extremely stable operating system. Nevertheless, anything can happen, and it may be important to back up your files and your drives. Think about physical damage for example, like fire. Well, we are going to explore different ways to back up your individual files, folders, and even entire drives. You can see I've already opened up Control Panel. So if you would like to follow along. We are going to go to the System and Security category, where we'll find the link to back-up your computer. Now, when we select that, we're going to see a number of different options.

Backing up folders and drives

Windows 7 is an extremely stable operating system. Nevertheless, anything can happen, and it may be important to back up your files and your drives. Think about physical damage for example, like fire. Well, we are going to explore different ways to back up your individual files, folders, and even entire drives. You can see I've already opened up Control Panel. So if you would like to follow along. We are going to go to the System and Security category, where we'll find the link to back-up your computer. Now, when we select that, we're going to see a number of different options.

For example, on the left hand side, we can create system images and system repair discs and those are ideal for fatal crashes. We'll talk about that in an upcoming lesson. Over here on the right hand side we have a Backup and Restore section. Under Backup you'll see whether or not Windows has already been set up to back up your files. If not, you can access Set up backup directly from this link on the right-hand side or as we saw in an earlier lesson from the Action Center. If we go to the Action Center, here under Security and Maintenance, you'll see a couple of different messages if you haven't set your backup.

For example, under maintenance, Set up backup shows up with this yellow bar. It's fairly important to set this up and if its not, it shows up as not a major issue but an issue nonetheless. So here is that button again that can help us to set up a backup. So when we click this button, we'll see a little window up here asking us, where do we want to save our backup? And you may have internal drives. You may see network drives if you're connected to a network and you may also see removable drives, if you've connected them.

I am going to choose my removable disk. The only thing with a removable disk, as you'll see down below, is other people might be able to access your backup on this location. If you're okay with that, click Next. Now you get to choose the type of backup. One option is to let Windows choose what's going to happen and it's going to backup your data file and libraries on the desktop and in default windows folders. And all of these items will be backed up on a regular schedule. You get to choose the schedule. Or if you need to able to modify what Windows chooses for you, select the radio button next to Let me choose.

That way you can select the libraries and folders, even a system image if you want it to. So let's go with Let me choose, so we can see all of the options. When we click Next, you're going to see checkmarks next to various libraries, folders, and even drives, where you can choose to select or deselect what's going to be backed up. Now, some of these will be able to expand. For example, under David's Libraries here, I got a little arrow and when I click that, you can see my Documents, Music, Pictures etc, all checked off and ready to be backed up.

If I choose to back up my entire C drive, I can click the checkbox there or deselect and just expand, to go down through the various folders that I might want to back up. Let's say the Exercise Files for example. Then I am going to deselect Kid's Libraries and I am going to deselect Back up data for newly created users. So user account information can also be backed up. And I don't need my Videos and Pictures. Let's just leave it with Documents and down below the Exercise Files to keep it simple.

When I click Next, you'll notice a summary of the things that have been chosen and not chosen. And if you are good with that, you can save the settings and run your backup. So I am going to choose Save settings and run backup and you can see I've got a different looking window here. My backup is in progress. You can see the location where it's going to, in this case my removable drive, and then down below you can see some information of about your next backup, last backup, and so on.

Now this may take a while to back up everything to my external drive that I have plugged in. But I can come back to this window, Backup and Restore, at any time to see the latest. Now, down below you can see the Schedule set by default to, Every Sunday at 7:00 PM. Now, once this backup has completed we can go in here and change the settings. For example, if you wanted to change the day of the week, the time, even the frequency of the backup. So let's give it a moment to finish up and then we'll check out those settings. All right, so there we go.

We can see how much has been backed up, and what kind of space we have left. You can see the next backup is scheduled for me on 20th September. You'll see a different date in there for sure. And down below there is Change settings link, which is now active, and we can select it. So let's go there. All right, so this is the initial window that we saw originally. Where we got to choose our location, etc. So here we see our different locations. I am going to choose the Removable Disk. That's fine. I am going to keep that and click Next.

Now I get to again let windows choose how my files are going to be backed up or I can choose myself. I am going to keep that selected. I get to go in, and maybe add or remove some of the different locations if I wanted to, and you can see there's quite a bit to choose from here, everything possible, and I am going to leave everything as is. Click Next and change this schedule from here. So here you can see, the backup is run on a schedule. That's the default. How often? Every week and there is the default day and time. I might want to change that to monthly. I don't need it every week, and on what day is not available, because it's now monthly.

If I click this, I can choose the day of the month. I am going to choose the last day of the month. Sometimes it's a 30th, sometimes the 31st, sometimes, 29 or 28. So by choosing Last day, it will always be the last date of month, and I would rather have this happen when I am not using the computer. So I am going to choose a time like 2 in the morning, and then when I click OK, those settings will be saved, the moment I click Save settings and the exit. Notice it doesn't say run, because I just ran one. It's going to run at the end of the month when I click Save settings and the exit.

So that's the automatic backup options, where you get to pick and choose what's going to be backed up. You can even choose the frequency, and when it's going to be backed up. Of course, remember you can always choose where your files are going to be backed up, and you can change any of those settings from the Change settings link right here on the Backup or restore your files page. So once you backed up, if something does happen, we need to know how to restore our files and that's what we are going to do in the next lesson.

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Windows 7 Essential Training

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  1. 16m 28s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Windows basics for first-time users
      13m 47s
    3. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 29m 18s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 7 versions
      6m 57s
    2. Upgrading from other Windows versions
      2m 56s
    3. Transferring old files with Windows Easy Transfer
      7m 2s
    4. Dealing with device drivers
      6m 42s
    5. Running a Windows XP program in Windows 7
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 12s
    1. Getting familiar with the desktop
      8m 55s
    2. Handling tasks with the improved task bar
      8m 50s
    3. Accessing your favorites quickly with jump lists
      3m 59s
    4. Finding files and programs with Windows Search
      2m 18s
    5. Using the Action Center
      3m 48s
    6. Keeping information at your fingertips with desktop gadgets
      5m 22s
  4. 34m 24s
    1. Navigating folders and their contents
      6m 59s
    2. Staying organized with your own folders
      4m 44s
    3. Choosing how your folders and user interface behave
      7m 30s
    4. Sharing and protecting folders and files
      5m 27s
    5. Simplifying organization with libraries
      3m 48s
    6. Backing up by burning to CD or DVD
      5m 56s
  5. 24m 44s
    1. Windows Media Center
      7m 22s
    2. Playing media files with Windows Media Player
      3m 59s
    3. Organizing and sharing photos in Windows Explorer
      7m 22s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      6m 1s
  6. 24m 35s
    1. Taking notes with sticky notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      11m 33s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      4m 58s
    3. Performing simple and advanced calculations with the calculator
      5m 20s
    4. Playing Windows games
      2m 44s
  7. 33m 5s
    1. Getting under your computer's hood with the Control Panel
      5m 28s
    2. Controlling system settings
      6m 38s
    3. Controlling sound device volume settings
      6m 38s
    4. Uninstalling programs that are no longer used
      2m 42s
    5. Setting default programs
      5m 10s
    6. Exploring accessibility options
      6m 29s
  8. 21m 1s
    1. Connecting hardware with Device Stage
      2m 56s
    2. Create a home network using HomeGroup
      4m 49s
    3. Controlling what is shared on a network
      3m 26s
    4. Troubleshooting a network and HomeGroup
      3m 58s
    5. Reconnecting quickly with jump lists
      2m 18s
    6. Boosting your computer's memory with ReadyBoost
      3m 34s
  9. 31m 53s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      3m 44s
    2. Battling spyware with Windows Defender
      7m 41s
    3. Controlling access with user accounts
      4m 32s
    4. Streamlining passwords in Credential Manager
      4m 38s
    5. Using parental controls to block unwanted content
      4m 49s
    6. Securing drives with BitLocker Drive Encryption
      6m 29s
  10. 15m 11s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      2m 48s
    2. Troubleshooting printer problems
      5m 15s
    3. Printing power tips
      3m 56s
    4. Printing to and viewing the XPS file format
      3m 12s
  11. 25m 4s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      3m 53s
    2. Sharing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      3m 56s
    3. Backing up folders and drives
      6m 36s
    4. Restoring files and drives
      4m 39s
    5. Handling an entire system crash
      6m 0s
  12. 28m 23s
    1. Exploring changes to the UI
      4m 46s
    2. Access sites quickly using Favorites and History
      5m 17s
    3. Connecting to RSS feeds and web slices
      6m 1s
    4. Displaying similar sites with Suggested Sites
      2m 16s
    5. Browsing without navigating using accelerators
      6m 36s
    6. Keeping your browsing private using InPrivate Browsing and filtering
      3m 27s
  13. 1h 14m
    1. Setting up your Windows Live profile
      4m 37s
    2. Downloading Windows Live Essentials
      2m 23s
    3. Tracking dates and events with the Windows Live calendar
      7m 22s
    4. Free email with Windows Live Mail
      6m 14s
    5. Texting live with Windows Live Messenger
      7m 13s
    6. Organizing and sharing photos in Photo Gallery
      9m 46s
    7. Synchronizing photos on two computers with Live Sync
      4m 0s
    8. Controlling content and communications with Family Safety
      6m 26s
    9. Keeping a blog with Windows Live Writer
      6m 50s
    10. Accessing free online storage with SkyDrive
      4m 44s
    11. Creating a movie with Windows Live Movie Maker
      14m 46s
  14. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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