Understand when to use the Windows Backup and Restore option, then, work through the backup process to create a backup. Explore options for saving the backup and create a custom backup job by selecting the desired folders to backup and exclude. Learn how to use this backup when data loss occurs. Consider creating a system image too.
- Windows 10 comes with a few ways to back up your data. You can use Onedrive and you can use file history. Both have their drawbacks though, Onedrive is somewhat manual, you're responsible for saving data there yourself, or at least redirecting where the data saves so that it ends up there. On the other hand, file history only backs up data stored in your default libraries. File history can't create a system image or automatically back up data that isn't stored elsewhere, unless you manually add it to the list of back up entries, and if you need to restore from an older back up such as one created in Windows Seven, you can't do that from file history either.
To resolve this last issue, Microsoft reinstated back up and restore. Let's take a look at it, I'll type back up and restore in this search box on the task bar to locate it, and I'll click back up and restore Windows Seven in the results. I'll maximize this window and you can see a few things here, one is the option to set up back up, there are also options on the left side to create a system image or a system repair disc.
We're here to set up back up so I'll click this. A wizard starts and asks me where I would like to save my back up, and it recommends my external hard drive. I could also save on a network or perhaps to a DVD drive but they've got it right, my external hard drive is the best option. I'll click next. You can let Windows choose what to back up or you can choose the folders yourself. Since we're trying to get away from accepting the default libraries and we want to incorporate other folders I'll select let me choose and I'll click next.
Notice what's already selected, these are the users libraries. I'm going to expand C here and show you that you can select additional areas. I have two folders here in the C drive, one called books and one called edits, I'm going to select to add those. Understand that I'm not condoning creating folders on the route drive, I'm only doing this for instructional purposes. With that done I'm ready to start the back up. You can see here that by default a system image will also be created.
I'll click next, I'll review the settings, we have all users, my books folder, my edits folder and my system image and we even have a schedule. I'll click save settings and run back up to go ahead and run the back up now. I'll maximize this window one more time and we can watch it run for a few seconds. If you ever need a back up simply return here to locate and restore from it. I think it's best to incorporate all kinds of back ups.
I do use file history and I save data to Onedrive, and three or four times a year I create a new system image too, and I always keep a recovery disc handy. I suggest you work with various back up options too. So tonight before closing out of your computer session, set Windows back up and restore to run. You may be glad you did.
Note: The course also maps to the third part of MCSA exam 70-698, Installing and Configuring Windows 10. Taking this course will prepare you for objectives in the Manage and Maintain Windows domain of the test.
- Configuring Windows Update
- Updating Windows apps
- Reviewing event logs
- Using Resource Monitor and Performance Monitor
- Managing security with Windows Defender
- Creating a recovery drive
- Restoring and recovering files
- Recovering the OS with Windows Recovery
- Configuring authorization and authentication
- Securing Windows 10 with passwords
- Joining workgroups and domains
- Creating and using accounts
- Automating tasks with PowerShell