How to use Windows 10 Back Up and Recovery tools

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Didn't know about Windows 10 Backup & Recovery tools? It is time!

With the increase in the amount of data that comes in every day. You start to get more and more conscious of your data backup. And why shouldn’t you? Every data is important whether it is in the form of personal files, large downloads of an operating system, treasured memories like photos and videos or official documents, etc.. Data in each of these forms requires backup. We all want to be able to rely on our backup in case we accidentally delete files or have an everyday hazard on our laptops or a suffering hard drive.

We all know that there are many reasons, we can find to justify, how important it can be for any of us to have a good, reliable backup. Let’s just say, it’s a wise thing to have a backup of all your files. And Windows 10 has made data backups effortless. Windows 10 seems to be well equipped with revolutionary cloud storage, backup up, and also recovery tools.

While it is important to have and use a good backup, it’s always handy when you have a good knowledge of how to use the recovery tools as well. You don’t have to look too far for it, since, it is all available on Windows 10.

To enable you how to use the Windows 10 backup. Here are a few guidelines……

Guide on using File History:

File history was introduced in Windows 8 and it has reappeared in Windows 10. It is one of the easiest features and it is recommended to back up on Windows 10. You can use 'File History' to back up your personal data.

  • Click the Windows button and start typing in “File History”. The menu will bring up “File History settings”. Click to open it. Go to back up and add a drive. Select a drive or network location, you want for your File History’s backup.
  • Now click “More Options” to start back up. You can change when your files are backed up, add or exclude a folder, or switch File History to a different drive.

Guide on using Back up and Restore:

This was originally available on Windows 7, so do not confuse it with System Restore. This is to back up data files from your system library and any file or folder on your hard drive. This tool will enable you to restore any Windows 7 backups on your Windows 10 computer. You can also use it to back up your Windows 10 PC in the exact same way you would back up a Windows 7 PC.

  • You will find this tool in the Control Panel – just search for “back up” to locate it.

Guide on OneDrive:

Files you store on OneDrive will be stored in your OneDrive account online. The advantage of this is that you can access your files from other devices too. When you are using different devices all you need to do is use Windows or – just log into your Microsoft account and your OneDrive files will be there in File Explorer.

Guide on System Image Backup:

You will find this feature in Backup and Restore Panel. Just click ‘Create a system image’ on the left side of the window or the other way is:

  • Go to File History, and click the System Image Backup link in the bottom left corner of the screen. Connect an external USB hard drive with enough free space.
  • While doing this, you will be prompted to choose from one of the three options to save the backup. Clicking on any of these options will slow down the backup process, so click Next.
  • Confirm and begin the process by clicking Start Backup.

As we had mentioned earlier, there will be times when you will find yourselves in need of using recovery tools on Windows 10. Whenever you find Window in a hopeless condition and you are in a desperate need to get into a recovery environment. Here are the easiest ways to go about it….

  • If you can still boot into Windows then Select Start> Settings> Update & Security. Select Recovery in the left pane, then select Restart now.
  • If Windows won't boot and you still have a System Repair Disc then insert the disc into your optical drive and boot your PC. When you are asked to “Press any Key….” then pick a language.
  • If Windows won't boot and you have a Recovery Drive, then insert the Recovery Flash drive into a USB port and boot your PC. If your PC skips the flash drive and attempts to boot Windows. Reboot and enter your setup screen. Look for a boot or boot order option. You have successfully booted the flash drive, select a language.

Once, you are in a recovery environment, select Troubleshoot, then Systems Image Recovery.

If you are still not confident about your recovery tools then you can always, Click here to see all data recovery programs for Windows.

About the Author: John Harris

With a decade of experience in data recovery, John Harris, Senior Editor at Remo Software, is your go-to specialist. His focus includes partition management, Windows solutions, and data troubleshooting, delivering insightful content that serves both users and search engines. John's expertise shines through in illuminating blog posts, untangling data loss intricacies across diverse storage platforms.…