How to Backup and Restore files in Windows 10

If you are not using the built-in Backup and Restore files feature in Windows 10 maybe you should start using it. Creating backups using File History is very easy in Windows 10.

This tutorial will show you how to Back up and Restore individual files in Windows 10 using File History.

Back up files in Windows 10

To backup your files, click on the Start Button to open the Start Menu. Select Settings > Update & security. Here under Backup, click on Add a drive.

Back up and Restore files in Windows 10

Next choose an external drive or network location for your backups.

Clicking on more options will offer you additional options.

You are all set! Every hour, Windows 10 will back up everything in your user folder (C:\Users\username). To change which files get backed up or how often backups happen, go to More options.

Restore a file in Windows 10

If you need to restore a file, here is how you can go about it.

Type restore files in taskbar search and in the search results above, select Restore your files with File History. The Controal Panel will open.

To restore files, click on Restore personal files. The Home of File History will open. Here you will see all the folders which are included in your Libraries, along with some other files. Look for the file you need and then

Browse to the file you want to restore. Use the arrows to see all its versions. When you find the version you want, select the blue Restore button, at the bottom of the Home, to save it in its original location.

You will get a confirmation box asking you to confirm the replacement. Choose the appropriate option. Clicking on Replace the file in the destination folders, will replace the file.

You get more details here about using File History in Windows.

If you want to set up a Windows 7 style backup on your Windows 10 PC, open Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Backup and Restore (Windows 7) and click on Set up backup.


Follow the wizard to its conclusion to set up and schedule your backups.

The Windows operating system includes in-built tools that let you backup and make copies of your files and create a system image. It also includes a System Image Backup Tool, with which you can now backup or clone an image of your disk. But if you wish to use a third-party freeware, then check out some of these free Imaging, Backup and Recovery Software.

You can also use Windows 7 Back up and Restore Tool in Windows 10.

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