Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Backing up your files, part of Migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 8.
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Whether you're going to be upgrading directly from Windows 7 to Windows 8. Or creating a fresh installed Windows 8 on top of Windows 7. It's a good idea to backup your files and settings here in Windows 7 first. That way if something does go wrong, you make a wrong choice, you can always revert back to your Windows 7 environment and still have your files and settings. So we're going to look at backup by clicking the Start button in the bottom left corner. The flashing cursor in the Search field is where we're going to type backup. And you'll notice right at the top under Programs, Backup and Restore. So we'll give that a click.
Now if it's your first time running backup, your screen's going to look a little bit different than mine. You'll have these options down the left hand side for creating system images and repair disks. But over here on the right-hand side, you'll probably see a button that says set up backup, that's if you've never done it before. The first time you set it up you'll have a number of options to choose from and then going forward you'll use those settings or options. Go ahead and click that button if that's what you're seeing and I'm going to click Change settings. If you have run backup before, you can click Change settings at any time to go back to the screen that allows you to set up how you want to backup your computer. So the first step in this wizard driven program is to choose where you want to save your backup file to.
Your list will probably look different than mine. I have a DVD drive. If I had a DVD in the drive, I would see how much free space, for example, I have on that drive to back up my files. I also have a removable drive a USB drive plugged in, so I have that option I am going to select it. With that selected you will notice a message down below that other people might be able to access your back up on this type of a location. Also if you are connected to a network, you could choose to back up to that network drive.
I am not so clicking this is not going to give me any options. All right, once you've made your selection click Next and now it's time to choose whether or not Windows is going to select what's going to be backed up. Data files, all your libraries like documents, pictures, videos, music, anything on your desktop or in any default Windows folders, that is the default. But if you prefer to have control, click Let me choose and click Next. That way you will see the defaults for example Dave River's Library should be clicked off. You would see your own library checked off.
But if you want to go down there you know you don't have any video files, you can deselect that check box and you are not worried about additional locations. You can see the desktop is one of those locations, saved games, etcetera. You can deselect any of the check boxes you want, expand and collapse with these little arrows. You can also expand your computer if you want to go through the various files. You'll notice you can select from anything on your hard drive. I'm going to make sure that it's collapsed. And I'm going to click to select and click to deselect to make sure nothing is selected on my Local Disk. So all I'm really backing up here is data for newly created users and if I expand this here under my own Libraries, my Documents.
That includes any subfolders and any files in those folders, as well as My Music and Pictures libraries. I'm going to click Next. This is a review now of, where i'm backing up to, and what's going to be backed up and what is not going to be backed up. If i'm happy with that, I can go down to Save settings and exit. And then I will run the back up, if this it's your first time, you would actually run the back up. I can also change schedule, you might see a default of every Sunday at 7 p.m for example.
But clicking Change schedule allows you do deselect the run backup on a schedule. We don't really need to run it on a regular schedule, we just want to run it this one time. In case something goes wrong during the installation of Windows 8, so we can go back and restore these files. So you can deselect that check box if you're not interested in a regular schedule and click OK, then Save settings and exit. It's going to save those and potentially run the back up if it's your first time. Going forward, you just click Backup Now to run that backup.
So anything that's changed since the last backup will be updated in that location. As you can see, there's a progress bar across the top showing you how far along in the backup progress you are. Depends on the number of files,and the types of files, the size of those files and folders, but it could take several minutes or be quick like mine. So there's the results, and when I know I have my backup, I might want to remove my external drive and store it in a safe location, close this window up, and I know I'm safe to start the installation process.
Now as far as copying files and settings that you want to move to your new Windows environment, there are different options for that. We'll talk about the Upgrade Assistant in the next movie.
- Determining the best migration path
- Backing up your files
- Storing files with Easy Transfer
- Installing Windows on a new partition
- Restoring files and settings with Easy Transfer
- Connecting hardware devices