How to Enable Automatic Backups on Windows 10

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Windows 10 boasts a plethora of features to prevent data loss where you can not only backup the system image of your OS but the entire system itself. It enables you to perform a full-fledged backup of your entire Windows environment for a quick restore. In case of a bootup failure, your personal data onboard such as the documents, media, apps, installation data, and everything else is preserved and can be recovered.

But, in order to keep the backup synchronized with the current state of your system, you can automate the process to be repeated based on the specified frequency such as daily, weekly, or monthly basis.

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Here’s how you can enable Windows 10 automatic backups

  1. Open the Start menu and type control panel in the search bar. Click on the Control Panel app to proceed.
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  2. Click on Backup and Restore (Windows 7) under the Systems and Security tab in the Control Panel.
  3. Select Set up backup to create a new backup of your PC.
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  4. The system will initialize the backup wizard.
  5. Choose your preferred drive where the backup would be stored and click on Next.
  6. You can choose the files that you wish to get backed up manually. Select Let me choose from the menu and click on Next to continue.
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  7. Check the boxes of the files, drives, and folders that you wish to backup. Also, check the box which states Include a system image of drives as this would create a copy of the system image of the drives that Windows 10 requires to run. This makes it easier for you to restore when your system fails to boot up or the files are corrupted.
  8. Now you can review the files that you had selected previously in the Backup Summary. Click on Change schedule to select the frequency of the backup.
  9. Make sure that Run backup on a schedule checkbox is selected and now you can specify a frequency of the backup based on your requirements. For instance, on a Monday at 12 noon because your system is idle at home or work. Once you have made the necessary selections, simply click on OK to finish.
  10. Click on Save settings and run backup to finalize and commence the backup process.
  11. The system will now display the progress of the backup of your system. It may take up to 20 minutes or more depending on your system’s performance.

This process is a streamlined way to automate Windows 10 backup experience. These steps would not only help you backup your necessary files but also preserve the overall integrity of your system via copying the system image of the drives for a rainy day.

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