How to back up and restore windows 7

Aamir Khan

We need a system backup if we are going to perform a system restore or system reset, and we have important data in our drive. Then before this process, we need to create a system backup. This guide thoroughly explains how you can back up and restore windows 7.

First, we create a backup and then plunge into windows 7 restore.

Create a backup in Windows 7

Therefore, to create a backup in Windows Vista, we would use the Backup and Restore utility, which was previously known as the Backup and Restore Center.

While to create a backup in windows 7, follow the given steps;

  • Click Start
  • Go to Control Panel
  • Go to System and Security
  • Click Backup and Restore

To quickly reach the Backup option, click start and type Backup in the search bar, then click on the Backup and Restore option from the search results list.

  • On the Backup and Restore screen, click on Set up Backup.
how to backup and restore windows 7
  • Select your choice where you want to save the Backup and click next. You have the following three options on which you can save the Backup.
    • a hard disk drive
    • writable DVDs
    • on a network

If you plan to save the Backup on a DVD, insert the DVD when prompted and label each in sequence.

Furthermore, once you have decided to save the backup on a network, you can browse to the desired location. Subsequently, once you have entered the network credentials, you can click OK to proceed with the backup process.

  • Click on Let Windows choose (recommended)
how to backup and restore windows 7

If you want to create a backup of a few selective files, then you should click the Let me choose an option.

  • To start the Backup process, click on “Next” and verify the Backup details. If everything looks good, click “Save settings and run the backup.
  • The Backup process may take some time since it involves backing up all the data on your system. Be patient and let the process run to completion. It depends on how much data you have selected for Backup if you choose the second option.
  • Once the backup process finishes, the “Back up or restore your files” wizard will display the Backup file size. Take note of this information, as it will be helpful if you need to restore your system.

Restore a backup in Windows 7

Therefore, now that you have created a backup of your important files and data, you can initiate the restore process whenever necessary. To restore files from the Backup in windows 7, follow these instructions;

  • Click Start
  • Go to Control Panel
  • Then click on System and Security
  • Click Backup and Restore
  • At the Backup or restore your files screen, click Restore my files.
how to backup and restore windows 7

Restore my files button appears means your Backup is detected. If it is not detected, then this button will not appear. If this button doesn’t appear, click Select another backup to restore files.

  • Browse and locate the Backup.
  • Click Next
  • Select a location where you want to restore the Backup file.
  • Click Restore
  • The restore process will now begin. Depending on the large backup file size, this process may take a while.
  • When the process is complete, click Finish.

Delete individual backup files

Moreover, it is possible to delete any files in the backup created using the Backup and Restore utility.

Follow these steps to delete individual backup files;

  • Click Start
  • Go to Control Panel, then System and Security
  • Click Backup and Restore
  • At the Backup or restore your files, Manage space
Manage Space button in Windows 7
  • Now the Manage Windows Backup disk space wizard should start.
  • Click View backups
how to backup and restore windows 7
  • Now you can see a list of Backup files; you must choose the files you want to delete.
  • Click delete.
  • Again click delete to make sure you want to remove these Backup files.
  • The process starts now and will take some time, depending on how many files you have selected for deletion.
  • Once deletion did click close.
  • Click close again to exit the Manage Windows Backup disk space wizard.

Now you have successfully deleted the files you want to remove from your Backup files, which means these files are useless for you and take up extra space. So there is no more space for these files.

By the above methods, you can easily create and Backup, restore your windows 7 and remove selected files from your Backup, and then go into restoring.

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