Microsoft provides free Backup and Restore tools in Windows 10. It’s been around since Windows 7. Creating frequent backups of documents, pictures, music, videos, custom configuration and other windows files helps to tackle against software problems, hardware failures, malwares, ransomware and hackers. The legacy Backup & Restore tool creates full backups automatically at regular intervals.

Backing up the system is an essential part for everyone. Full backup will make copy of everything present in primary drive as well as files stored in other drives. If there is critical error in the system, system crashes, or doesn’t starts normally, you can use Backup & Restore to recover every single files or entire system.

Most of the time reading a whole long article is a bit time consuming. It is always better if we get video or audio rather than a long text or article. If you prefer video over reading then, you can watch this video tutorial to create and schedule system backup on windows 10.

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Let’s get started with backing up in Windows 10.

How to configure automatic backup on Windows 10?

  1. Click on Start menu.
  2. Click on Settings (shortcut win + i).
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  3. Navigate to Update & Security > Backup.
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  4. On the right side under Looking for an older backup section, click on the Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7) option.
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  5. New window will popup, on it click on Set up Backup.
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  6. Select a removable drive to back up and click on Next button.
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  7. Under “What do you want to backup?” section, select “Let me choose” option and Click on Next Button.
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  8. Select the necessary item on Data Files and select the drives Under the Computer section. Also, select “Include a system image of drives” option.
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  9. Click on Next button.
  10. Click on Change Schedule option
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  11. Select “Run backup on a schedule (recommended)” option and set the day, time and frequency how often you want to back up your system.
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  12. Click the OK button.
  13. Click on Save setting and run backup button.
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During the backup process you can view details and cancel the backup also. If you didn’t interrupt the process then congratulation, you have successfully created a backup of your system. Similarly, the next backup will run on the scheduled time that you specified. Likewise, you can view the current size of the backup and drive location as well as date and time of the next and previous backup in the Backup Section once the process is complete.

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How to manage backup settings on Windows 10

You can manage setting of automatic backup on Windows 10 to a different date and time.

  1. Open Setting. (shortcut win +i)
  2. Navigate to Update & Security > Backup.
  3. On the right side under Looking for an older backup section, click on the Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7) option.
  4. On the Back up or Restore your files screen click on Change Setting option.
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  5. Click on the Next button for three consecutive times until you land to Review your backup setting page.
  6. Click on the Change schedule link.
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  7. Change the date time and frequency of your backup and hit OK.
  8. Click the Save setting and exit button.

After completion your next backup will run on the scheduled time that you specified.

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How to free up backup space on Windows 10?

The backup drive might run out of the space. To free up the space on the drive get along with the steps outlined.

  1. Open Setting (shortcut win + i).
  2. Navigate to Update & Security > Backup.
  3. On the right side under Looking for an older backup section, click on the Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7) option.
  4. On the Back up or Restore your files screen click on Manage space option.
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  5. A new screen will popup and click on View backups.
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  6. Select the oldest backup and click Delete button.
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  7. Repeat steps 6 until you have only latest backup.
  8. Click on Close button.
  9. Click on Change setting option under the System image section.
  10. Select the option “Keep only the latest system image and minimize space used by backup option”.
  11. Click on Ok button followed by Delete button.
  12. Hit the Close button.

Congratulation you have successfully free up the space of your backup drive.

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