Join Martin Guidry for an in-depth discussion in this video Backup and Restore, part of Windows 10 Administration.
- Now I'd like to talk about the backup and restore application in Windows 10. There's a few different ways you can get to this, off the start menu I'll go to settings, then to update and security. From the menu on the left I'll select backup. Then in the bottom half of the interface it asks me are you looking for an older backup and gives me the option to go to the backup and restore that was originally introduced in Windows 7.
That will open up a control panel that allows me to backup and to restore. So first I'm going to setup a backup by clicking on the link that says setup backup. In the first screen of this wizard it's asking where I would like to save the backup. I'd like to save mine to the network so I'm going to click on the button marked save on network. Then I'll need to give it the name of a share on my network. And I'll need to provide a username and password that can access that share.
I'll click okay, and it seems to be happy with this so I'll click next in this dialogue. In this part of the wizard I need to decide what files I'm going to backup. The default option is let WIndows choose and the majority of time that option is fine. You would not be prompted for anything beyond that but I'll go ahead and do the more advanced option, the bottom one, let me choose. Now hit next. So then it's asking what I would like to backup, and I can go through my C drive and or any of my other drives and very granularly select exactly which files and folders I would like to be backed up.
In general the types of things you're gonna do is your user files and probably your program data. You need to choose whatever folders match your business needs, whatever makes sense for you to be backing up. But here is a nice interface here where we can choose exactly what we want to backup or not backup. I'll hit next. It gives me a summary. Has an important warning at the bottom that EFS certificates are not included by this backup by default.
I do have an encrypted file on this system and I encrypted that file using an EFS certificate. If my system were to crash, and I were then to do a restore onto a different computer, if that computer did not have my EFS certificate, I would not be able to decrypt those files. Therefore, if you are using EFS to encrypt files, you do want to backup those certificates. If your certificates are part of your domain, then as long as you are restoring to a computer on the same domain, you should be fine.
We also have the option at the bottom to choose a schedule. This has defaulted to every Sunday at 7PM. Personally I like to do backups more often than that so I'm going to click on change schedule and rather than weekly, I would like to do daily. 7PM isn't the best time for me, so let's go to 5AM and hopefully I'll have ended my day by then. So now I'll be backing up daily at 5AM. The button at the bottom asks us to not only save the settings but also run the backup.
So one backup will be run immediately. It shows me a dialogue saying backup in progress, depending on how much you have chosen to backup this may go very quickly or may take some time. Okay, now that my backup has completed, I have the option to restore. So I'll click on restore my files, and the first things it's asking me is to browse or search your backup for files and folders to restore. So I'll browse for folders and I have the backup of C and I can look at the different folders I have.
And I choose a folder to be restored. It can be restored to the original location or to a new location. I'll go with the original location. And there's various files that potentially will be replaced. For each one it's going to prompt me would I like to replace the file or not. For this one no problem with replacing. And I'm going to go ahead and at the bottom check the block for do this for all conflicts. Just copy and replace all of them.
And it says your files have been restored. And I'll hit finish. So the backup and restore is a nice application for backing up and restoring large amounts of data at one time. Typically from the mindset of we're going to do an entire folder and everything underneath that folder. Whereas the file history technology is very good for working with a small number of files. The backup and restore application is better for working with a large number of files.
Martin first reviews the various editions of both the desktop and mobile versions of Windows 10. This section covers the special features included with the Enterprise edition, and the hardware requirements for some of the new Windows 10 features. Martin also explains installing and updating drivers and configuring and optimizing the OS, including system properties and power options. Then it's a deep dive into Group Policy, including working with local groups, configuring preferences, and troubleshooting Group Policy. Martin also looks at Windows security—authentication and encryption—as well as the boot process, and concludes the course with a brief look at virtualization, networking, and backup and recovery.
- Understanding the different versions of Windows 10
- Installing and updating drivers
- Administering multitasking
- Working with Windows Group Policy
- Adding domain users and accounts to a Windows 10 PC
- Administering BitLocker and EFS
- Understanding the boot process
- Installing Client Hyper-V for Windows virtualization
- Managing Windows Firewall
- Backing up and restoring Windows 10
- Troubleshooting Windows 10