Wednesday, January 13, 2010

How To Create And Use Backups Using The Backup And Restore Center?

There is a backup and restore center is available in the Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate edition of Windows 7 Operating Systems. If you want to backup, you can use this tool to automate backups and to create a complete backup of a computer. Before you do all of these, remember you should have the appropriate permissions to backup and restore files on the computer.

How To Configure Backups:
Windows 7 OS is able to create both personal data backups and system image backups automatically. The personal backups are used to backup pictures, music, videos, email, documents and other types of important files. Moreover, you can use personal data backups to restore your data. If the computer stops working, you can use system image backups to restore a computer.


The computer should be turned on at the scheduled run time for automated backups to work. You can’t backup to the system disk, the boot disk or tape, but you can save personal data backups to USB flash drives, CD/DVD Drives and Network locations, regardless of FAT or NTFS file format system. You can save system image backups only to internal drives, network locations or USB Flash Drives formatted with NTFS. At the same time, you can save system image backups to CD/DVD Drives.
Usually by default, scheduled backups are created every Sunday at 7PM. In a workplace computers are shut off over the weekend, you have to change this setting.

How to configure automated backups, follow these steps:
1. Go to Control Panel, under the System And Security heading, click the Back Up your Computer link.

2. You have to click Set Up Backup, if you haven’t yet configured automated backups. Or else, you can click Change Settings.
3. There you can choose “Select Where You Want To Save Your Backup page” and use the options provided to specify a backup location on a local disk, a CD/DVD drive, a USB flash drive, or the network, and then click Next. You can insert another disc if the inserted CD/DVD don’t have enough space.

4. After that, you can select one of the following On the What Do You Want To Back Up page and then click Next
• Select Let Windows Choose if you want to back up all personal data in user profile folders and libraries and also create a system image.
• Select Let Me Choose if you want to select personal and system data to back up.

5. You can extend the Data Files and Computer nodes and subnodes in order to select the specific folders and libraries, if you select the second option Let Me Choose. By default, the Include A System Image Check box is selected to ensure that system backups are created. If you select any one of the option and clearing unwanted options, click Next.

6. Then on the Review Your Backup Settings Page, click Change Schedule. You can use the provided options in order to set the backup schedule and then click OK. In addition, the How Often list lets you choose Daily, Weekly or Monthly as the run schedule. If you want to choose any of the options, you have to set the day of the week or month to run by using the What Day List. At last, you can set the time of day when automated backup should occur from the What Time List. Then click OK.
7. If you have to create the initial backup and saving the backup schedule, click Save Settings And Run Backup in order to save your settings and then have Windows create the initial backups. You can see the Save And Exit option, if you have already created the initial backup for the Computer.

How To Back Up Manually:
If you have successfully configured automated backups, you can use the settings to run a backup manually at any time. All you have to do is, simple open Backup And Restore and then click Back Up Now. If you still want to create a system image backup, you can follow the steps.

1. Open Control Panel, under the System And Security heading, then click the Backup your Computer Link. On the Left pane, click “Create A System Image”.

2. Click Next. Then on the “Where Do You Want To Save The Backup” page use the options provided to specify a backup location and then click Next.

3. On the Which Drives Do You Want To Include In The Backup page, the com¬puter’s system drive is selected by default. You cannot change this selection, but you can add other drives to the backup image by selecting the related check boxes. Click Next to continue.
After that, on the “Which Drives Do You Want To Include In The Backup” Page, the computer’s system drive is selected by default. Moreover, you can’t change this selection, but you can add other drives to the backup image by selecting the related check boxes. Then click Next to continue.
4. Thereafter, click Start Backup.

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