How Does Windows 10 Backup Work?

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Data are priceless and could be quite a pain in the ass if you lose your files with no hope of regaining them back.

Data backup with Windows 10 is an effortless task. It has a number of updated features that makes files backup and system backup an easy task. Read up to know how windows 10 backup works.

So, How Exactly Does Windows 10 Backup Work? You can either use the windows file history option. This is to back up your personal files or using the system image option. This is to back up your entire system.

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How Windows 10 Backup Works In 5 Easy Steps

Essentially, there are two types of backup you can do on your windows system. The first one concentrates on just backing up your personal data files, while the other is a complete backup for your entire system.

Below are notes on how they both work;

  1. File History: this feature allows you to make a regular copy of your personal files to an external drive. You can as well back up to your systems’ internal drive but it is always advisable to also use an external drive. To set up the file history, follow these 5 easy steps.
    • Click on setting in the start-up menu. Then, a menu will come up where you will select the “update and security” option.
    • You then select the “Backup” option. A panel will then appear on the right-hand side. Here, you will see an option to “Add a drive”.
    • Click on the “+” icon next to the “Add a drive” option. This will give the list of all the external hard drives that are connected to your System. You select the one you want to use.
    • After doing this, you will notice the add my drive option has changed to automatically backup my files. By default, this option is on. You can always toggle between the on and off option although it is advisable you leave it on.
    • You can then specify how often you want the backup to take place, as well as the files and folders that should be included. This can be done by selecting “more option” just beneath the automatically backup my file option.

You can as well sync your files to the cloud. You can do this alongside the file history option just to have multiple backup options for your files. OneDrive is a Microsoft cloud storage facility that you can sync with your windows system to automatically back up your files for you.

  1. Using Systems Restore: This option would back up your entire system. It would create a systems image of the entire system like your programs, systems’ files, documents, and the likes. You can achieve this with the steps highlighted below.
    • Go the control panel, then click on “system and security” and then select the backup and restore option.
    • A panel will show up on the right, you then select the “Set up backup” option.
    • You will be prompted to choose where you would like your backups to be saved to. It is recommended you save it to an external drive.
    • You can then select the files and folder you want to back up or simply select the “let windows choose” option if you want a complete system back up.
    • Then, finally, you can then configure your back up settings like how frequently should your files be backed up.

How Long Should System Restore Take on Windows 10

After backing up your files, you might want to do a system restore to fix certain crashes and other problems your computer might be having.  The process is easy and if the procedures are followed appropriately, you shouldn’t encounter any problem along the way.

Typically, a system’s restore on windows 10 takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If the process seems to be taking longer than this time frame, then it might be a red light that something is wrong which you might have to fix.

What You Should Know About Windows 10 Reset?

The resetting of windows 10 is not really different from the windows 10 reinstallation from scratch. Described below, are the exceptions. The major thing that differentiates “reset” and “reinstall” is the means of booting.

You do not need a DVD of Windows 10 or bootable USB media to boot from when doing a windows reinstallation. In this place, windows are capable of doing a “reset” by itself from the environment of windows that were previously available.

What is done, is basically an overwriting of windows over windows. When the process is completed, the Windows 10 is completely reset like the initial state when it was new (not different from reinstallation). There are no programs installed, no patches and update of the operating system.

If you decide to opt for a reset of Windows 10, the reinstallation of windows will be done by itself via any two methods pertinent to data of the user:

“Keep my files” – for this case, the resetting of windows is done, the previous settings and programs that are installed are wiped though all files that are personal will be kept. This may be a reasonable option for you to choose if your PC is unsteady or if there are some things that are not functioning properly.

“Remove everything” – This option is similar to the first option above. The exception is that even files that are personal, are wiped out. This should be done if you desire an absolutely clean PC and do not mind if your files are lost.