Microsoft Windows always provide the tools to backup your important data which is essential in case of system failure. Windows 10 offers you two tools to backup your data, one is “File History” and another is “Windows Backup and Restore”. The former tool automatically stores multiple versions of files and the latter one stores only the latest version of data. You can set up automatic Windows backup in Windows 10 on a scheduled time.

Windows Backup and Restore tool helps you to create the backup of the entire system including Operating System, installed programs and other stored data. You can easily restore your system image as well as data whenever your system runs into the problem due to any cause.

In this blog post, we are going to share the process of setting up automatic Windows backup on your Windows 10 PC. Do keep in mind you need to log in as administrator to perform this tutorial.

To Setup Automatic Windows Backup in Windows 10

Option one: Enable File History for Windows Backup

If you want to set up Windows backup using File History tool, you need to follow below-given guide.

Launch the Settings app on your Windows 10 PC, select “Update & Security” and then select Backup from the left pane of the Window.

Windows backup in settings app

Click on “Add a drive” and select the drive or network location where you want to have the backup.

add a drive for Windows backup

Now click on “More options” link which appears just below “Automatically back up my files” option.

more options for backup

Click on “Back up now” button for immediate backup of your data. Select the preferred schedule from the drop down list under “Backup my files” option and then select for how long you want to keep the backup. The default option is forever.

Backup options in Windows 10

After making changes scroll down the “Back-up options” window, you will notice the list of folders for the backup. You can add or remove backup folders there. You can also exclude any particular folder by adding that under “Exclude these folders” option.

add or remove backup folders in Windows 10

If you want to change the backup drive, you need to stop using the current drive before adding a new one.

Stop using drive before adding new one

To Restore Data from File History Backup

You can restore the backup of files versions. Open the Control Panel, click on “File History”.

File history in control panel

Click on “Restore personal files” link appearing on the left pane of the window.

restore personal files

You will be able to explore and restore the versions of files according to the backup date. Click on green colored Restore button to restore the data on original location.

Restore the backup

Option two: Set up and Enable Windows Backup and Restore

Go to Settings > Update & Security > Backup

Backup in Windows Settings app

On the right pane of the window, click on “Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7)” link.

Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7)

Click on “Set up backup” link.

set up backup link

Now select the drive where you want to store system image and click Next.

select the drive where you want to keep Windows backup

On the other hand, you can also keep the backup on a network place, for that just click “Save on a network” button.

Save on a network

Specify the network location path. You can also browse the location path. Fill the username & password and click OK.

Enter network location, username and password

Now choose whether you want to let the Windows choose what to backup or you want to choose by yourself. You are recommended to select “Let Windows choose”, but you can also opt the second option and click Next.

choose either "let Windows choose" or "let me choose" option of Windows backup

After finalizing the backup data click on “Save settings and run backup”. You can also change the backup schedule as per your choice (see highlighted text in the screenshot).

Save settings and run backup

Windows 10 backup in progress

To Restore System Image in Windows 10

Go to Settings > Update & Security > Backup > Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7)

Now click on “Restore my files” button.

Restore my files

Browse the backup data from the location where you saved it earlier.

Browse the backup

Finally, click on Next button.

Hit next button to restore Windows backup

That’s it. You can use any of the options for Windows backup. In case your system breaks and you are unable to access settings or Control Panel, you can boot your PC using Windows installation disc or USB drive and then use the restore tool.

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